Hear about travel to New Caledonia as the Amateur Traveler talks to CJ Johnson from the MOVIELAND ABC Radio Show and Podcast about his recent trip to this part of France in the South Pacific.
CJ says of New Caledonia, “The reason we chose to go to New Caledonia is that my little daughter is going to the French school here in Sydney. I am a francophile. I speak some pretty good French. I wanted to give her the gift of French. It just so happens that there is a part of France that is a 2-hour flight away from Sydney that is cheap and easy to get to in the South Pacific, which combines the kind of Fijian culture and France.”
“New Caledonia is France. That’s what’s so unique about it. Officially it is part of the French Unique Collectivity. They don’t use the word colony. French Laws. Its head of state is Emmanuel Macron. For example, when you go into a cafe there in the morning, everything you would expect on a French menu is what is being offered.”
This show focuses on the capital of Nouméa and the region. We talk about which beaches to visit as well as a visit to the Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Centre to learn more about the local Malaysian culture (known as Kanak). We also visit the local market.
CJ also talks about some of the changes happening as the country votes for or against independence in 2018. The islands have 25% of the world’s nickel production so they do have resources independent of the mother country.
Come explore this pacific paradise with a French flair.
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MOVIELAND ABC Radio Show and Podcast
Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Centre
Anse Vata Beach
Plage de la Baie des Citrons
Noumea Morning Market
Nickel mining in New Caledonia
Lo Rocher crepiere
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On United States UNESCO World Heritage Sites – Episode 480, Mike wrote
Loved the US UNESCO world heritage sites podcast with Gary the first time around and it was a delight to listen to it again today. One of the best you’ve done. It would have been nice to hear a short update at the end on the status of what were then the proposed sites and possibly new proposed sites. Also, on a different, but somewhat related note. I know Gary has been to the really remote and difficult to access National Parks in Alaska–Kobuk, Gates of the Arctic, Lake Clark and Katmai. I’d love to hear him discuss these parks and also describe the logistics of making travel to them happen. Thank you for all the great work you do.
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