Location: New Caledonia
Hello Planet ranger viewers, you have a new host for this entry. Chris, yes thats right its me. for the last 2 years this is the firts entry I've lodged.
I thought I would throw some photo's of the lagoon and some friends and I surfing on the outer reef. This particlar day was fantastic... enjoy
Next episode is a first hand encounter of a local tribe "Reehbu Nuh" commandeering our workshop and chasing us offsite with machetes and tomo-hawks. Luckily no one was seriously hurt, although they cremated a couple of trucks.
I hope you are all well
Aurevoir - Monsoier Christophe
Location: New Caledonia
For those of you who might still check this little webpage, Im sooooo sorry I have disappeared lately. Its been hard to get onto a computer which has both an English keyboard and a reasonable connection! Well after a fantastic Xmas and New Year on the coast and fab little trip to Hong Kong in Jan with Chriss Mum and Dad (see pics), we are back in our new home Noumea. We are now all set up loving having a home again. Ive put our new address and contact details at the top of this page in case you ever need them.
Noumea is such an interesting place. The people are incredibly relaxed for one thing (you must visit hint, hint!). Last weekend we went to watch Les 24 Voile
hmmm. This is a little event run by one of our friends here Thierry (aka president of the catamaran club) where about 30 windsurfers and small hobie cats race around a circuit in the ocean for 24 hours! Now, this means you have kids on windsurfers sailing in the dead of night out into the ocean darkness
! You might think Im being paranoid, but one actually got lost and they had to send out a search party to find him!! He was fine, so it was pretty funny, but I couldnt believe it!
Speaking of kids, they are amazing here. They are both incredibly polite and incredibly courageous when it comes to adults. Without fail whenever you pass a child in the street or on the beach or in a shop whether they are on their own or with a parent, they will greet you with bonjour madame, every time! Can you imagine an Australian 6 or 7 year old doing that? They also have no fear with adults, probably because there really isnt anything to fear here. For example, twice or three times now, Ive been swimming in the Baie Des Citron the best beach here when really young kids have come up to me and started talking in French and then holding my hand and hugging me, sitting on my back that type of thing. Last time, it happened, I was so paranoid a parent was going to come running out worried about their child that I told them I had to go to work to get away from them!
Anyway, Im going to go hit the beach hopefully all kids are at school today! Hope all is well with everyone.
Love Marney xx
Location: Noumea, New Caledonia
Well here we are in New Caledonia... We have now been here for about three weeks (four for Chris). It's a gorgeous place, absolutely stunning. We are currently staying at a holiday apartment at a place called the Baie Des Citron which in English means Lemon Bay. It is probably the most picturesque place in Noumea. At least in my opinion. It faces west and therefore has the most sensational sunsets. It literally looks as though someone has sprinkled drops of crystal from the sky. The water is calm and people swim right out without any fear of sharks, jelly fish or any of the other dangerous 'fish' in Aus. On the other side of the same penninsula is a place called Anse Vata. It's beautiful too, but incredibly windy. So much so that I dont think small children could actually walk along the boardwalk there some days without being knocked over. The beach is packed with kite boarders and windsurfers - it is wind seekers heaven!
The people here are so friendly, so much more so than I was expecting. I guess it's that thing about the french being rude - even though I haven't personally ever met a really rude french person. The locals have made sure we certainly never feel lonely!
We have managed to find outselves a permenant place to live but we wont be there until mid November. When we are, I'll post our address. In the meantime, our numbers are:
Marney: +687 782255
Chris: +687 790116
Will post some pics soon,
Lots of love
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Well, after an incredible 18 months living in London and travelling through Europe, we have arrived back in Australia and are now preparing for our next adventure - Nouvelle Caledonie! Yes, we are heading to the island in the pacific to live for a couple of years and can't wait... It's hard to believe that while in the UK we managed to visit so many incredible places.. I've had to list some of them below:
Amalifi Coast and Capri
and a few more...
As you can see, it's been an amazing ride which we will never forget!!
Love Marney x
Location: Athens, Greece
Greece is as beautful as I had imagined. Santorini is absoutely picturesque - probably more so than Croatia. Mykonos is so much fun - such a party town. I'm definitely coming back! We had a ball. Wont bore you with the details, but one of the biggest highlights would have to have been getting what they call a 'taxi' or as you might call it - a donkey to race us back up the cliff. Silly me sitting on the donkey thinking at best we (about 15 of us) will get lead up the hill at a slow pace by the donkey's owner or at worst they'll tie them all together and they will slow;y walk up the mountain one by one.. hmmm, so not what happened. Each donkey was whipped with a cane and directed to RUN yes RUN up the cliff in what was more like a horse race than a trail ride! Very funny though!
In Athens now and going back to London tomorrow. Home for good soon after that. What an adventure!
Love Marney xx
Location: Seville, Spain
If anyone still treads this I bet you are glad to see I am writing this from a location other than London and therefore have a diferent map next to this entry!
I am now in Seville Spain with my Dad and his wife Kim. It is absolutely gorgeous. The archietcture (sp) is everything I have imaged it to be. I am so pleased to be here. It really is beautiful. It is 45 degrees today and it is boiling! There are not many people in the streets due to the heat and the fact it is Sunday. Europe closes down on Sundays.. Dad and Kim are big fans of the hop on hop off bus, so today we took one of those around the city. It was great. They really are a fantastic way to see any city. Went to one of the first bull fighting rings in Spain and made our way to what must be one of the royal families mpost palacial buildings. It was damn hot! We are about to for a city walk through the cathedral and I am crossing my fingers we might find somewhere to watch flamenco dancing tonight!
For anyone living in London, Seville certainly is a perfect weekend destination. The right amount of sites to see in two days... Tomorrow we head to Marbella on the coast about an hour or so away from here on the Med where we meet Chris for some fun ibn the sun. Cant wait!
Lots of love
Just letting you all know we are OK and were not affected by the bombs that went off in London today. The phones are note working but we will call when we can
Location: London, UK
Well, it has been a long time since I was on planetranger, but I'm back!! So much has happended since I last wrote. But this site is about travel, so here goes... since my last entry we have been on an awe-inspiring safari near Krugar National Park in South Africa, braved the $90 bottles of house wine in Oslo Norway and push biked our way around picturesque Amsterdam... WOW!
They were all amazing for thier own special ways, but I thought I would give you a bit of a highlights tour of each:
The trip started in Cape Town, where we met up with Chris's parents Gary and Robyn who had flown in from the Gold Coast. It was such a relief to get there. At that stage it was April and still freezing in London. In fact, if my memory serves me correctly, it was snowing the week before we left! Cape Town really is stunning - definitely a highlight. We drove around up to Table mountain, saw the Cape of Good Hope and had some fantastic steaks at a great little wine bar, which was a definitely high point considering we had not had good meat in AGES! The South Africa vinyards around the area where also great - they have fabulous wine.. Anyway we left Cape Town and headed down the famous Garden Route bound for Port Elizabeth. Stopped at Plettenberg on the way - it was beautiful. Really luscious and green. Gorgeous.
From Port Elizbeth we made our way to Londolozi Game Reserve near Krugar. All I can say is everyone should see Africa once in thier life - it was incredible! We were up at 5am every morning - woken by James the Arican security guard who brought hot chocolate for Chris and coffee for me. On Safari, we saw everything and lots of babys! The giraffes were soooooo cute - expecially the babies.. they seem so peaceful. It really was the highlight of the trip and I am so grateful for having the opportunity to have gone.. I hope one day I can go again, it was extraordinary.
From Krugar we went by light aircraft back to Jo-berg and then on to the famous casino / resort complex Sun City - WOW. Not only did we get upgraded to the Palace Hotel, which was incredible, but Chris got to go surfing in the wave pool... so lucky. Of course, as always, I was chief photographer. Although I did have a handy photography assistant in Chris's mum this time! Although her camera did keep turning itself off inadvertently!
It really was an amazing, beautiful and wonderful trip...
I had just arrived back in London at 5pm the day before to get up at 4am and head off on my first trip to Scandinavia or as Chris calls it - 'Scando land'. It was boiling in London that weekend - cant say the same for Oslo but it certainly was beautiful and quite different.. We did all the usually touisty things - saw some incredibly old viking ships, visited the royal palace and took a trip up to the ski jump which happens to be planted on a mountain looking over Oslo - would you expect anything different?! But, some funny things also happened in Oslo and in testament to the honesty of the Norwegians (wegies as Chris calls them). Between the groups of us which comprised myself, Chris, Tim, Josie, Kym, Nick (everyone's fav cameraman) and Murray Fraser - we managed to loose three valuable items - one camera, one suitcase and one wallet. Should I name who lost what? Well yes I should. I lost my suitcase - typical I'm sure you would say! Tim lost his wallet - shock horror! and Murray his camera.. But - what is really funny is the way in which they were lost..
In my defense I had been trevlling for days and was absolutely exhausted, so who wouldnt leave thier suitcase out the front of thier hotel room and go for a two hour nap I ask?? I awoke to find I had no clothes to wear for dinner and was very upset. I searched the room for my bag but it was nowhere to be seen.. Chris ran downstairs to see it had been handed in and the angry women begrudingly called some of the surrounding rooms and said NO! Meanwhile back at the room, myself and Josie are listening to the sound of two women giggling away in the room opporite us - interesting.. We knock on the door and they go silent.. hmmmm this happens about four time and doesnt really change until Kym starts banging on the door and a few minutes later and very stagily looking women pops her head out the door.. obviously drunk and probably on drugs she comes out smiling with a beautifl shade of pink blush all of her face and cloths... I nicely plead with her that if she HAPPENS to come ACROSS my bag could she please gtive it back because I am Australian and I need my passport to get home!! She said Oh OK, I have not seen it but I will check with my firend (who happens to be standing behind her)... Out of hope, Chris and I head to the police station to file a report when we get a call from Josie. The women has come back to the room... again coverered in make up with her firend also covered in make up. Funnily enough her friend had found the bag and thought it was hers... hmmmm after some strange comments about my underwear they disappeared. I checked my bag - relived to have it back - interestingly, the only thing missing - was some makeup!
I am impressed if you are stillreading at this point, but here goes anyway. We went to A'dam last weekebd with Ying, Kym and Nick - also met up with Brendan Norris who was there from Paris. Well, I am so glad I went to Amsterdam - it was great. So contemporary and spilling with art and culture! Herre I was expecting the usual old fashioned European city and I was sudenly faced with probably the most modern and coolest society I have seen yet -0 set in an incredibly beautiful cancel city... It also helped that it was a gorgeous weather weekend.. of course.
We spent Saturday wondering through the streets and checking out all the cool shops, we visted the Ann Frank house which was very moving of couse and we spent the afternoon having a few drinks and some tapas at a great little bar on the canel... Sunday was spent at the Van Gogh museum - which was amazing as expected.. and cycling around the city like all the Dutch people. I managed not to fall off amazingly. But it was very very hot and I didnt bring sunglasses, so my eyes were almost burnt off by sun and wind! All in all Amsterdam was beautiful and I HAVE to go there again!
Anyway.... sorry for having fallen off the face of the planet for a couple of months.. missing home and everyone there already!
Lots of love Marney xx
Location: London, UK Territories
Well Budapest was fantastic.. beautiful wine, magical landscape and architecture and full of history. It wasnt difficult to know you were in the former soviet union.. you can tell the locals have been through extremely hard years. They are certainly not overly friendly - at least on the surface... slightly different story after a few drinks! We spent our first day there, which also happened to be Chris's 26th birthday.. exploring the famous city park in Pest (that's right half thre city is called Pest and the other half is Buda), where we stumbled upon an amazing castle, which looked like something Dracula would haved lived in in Transylvania. Funnily enough, Transylvania was once part of Hungary! After that we headed to the castle district, a part of Buda, which has always been home to more wealthy hungarians.. it was gorgeous. Like a fairytale.. I have posted some photos to show you... standing there looking out of Budapest you could almost imagine yourself with one of those long wizard hats living as a queen in the middle ages!! ALMOST! We spent Saturday night (and some of Sunday morning) at a little place called Moe's bar dancing the night away with the funny hungarians who frequent the place.. it was great!
One highlight was thr fasmous medicinal baths.. You could not get more relaxed than spending the day in outdoor Hungarian thermal baths... at a toasty 38 degrees, it was enough to defrost ourselves from a London winter. We spent most of Sunday there... so relaxed after we could hardly speak!
Back in London all week and getting excited about doing some more travlling this summer.. but most of all about going to south africa to see Chris's parents in a few weeks.. cant wait!
Lots of love
Location: London, UK
Hi again finally!
Sorry for the delay in posting a message. Have been really busy at work (as always!)... Well things are looking up in London. Saturday was the first time the sun has come out in ages and it was fantastic... I never realised how it felt to feel the sun on your skin for the first time after months of grey darkness.. not to mention grey freezing darkness!
Addy left just over a week ago. It was so great to see him.. I miss him so much already. We had a fantastic two weeks, mostly spent in shops and restaurants both here and in Paris, but it went by way too quickly. Paris was fun, we met up with Ben (our cousin) who live not too far away in Lyon. We had a fab night - out in the Marrie district at a cool little pasta bar, then to a gay club, called HOT SHOWER...
Other highlights of the past couple of weeks have been some seriously intense dress shopping - looking for the perfect bridesmaid dress for Nova's wedding. Not as easy as it sounds... the unfortunate thing as that although the stores are full of the most stunning dresses for spring/summer, they are all really patterned - we need plain of course. But anyway, before I bore the very few males who may view this page, I will move on and fill you in when we finally find something...
We are all very excited here at the moment because we are off to Budapest for Easter (&Chris's b'day) on Friday.. should be fanatastic. We have heard only good things about it and cant wait to go. Thing only get better after that with a trip to South Africa to meet up with Robyn and Gary (Chris's parents), we cant wait!
Anyway, guess I better get to bed... not having to get up until 8 for work makes me really nocturnal!
Lots of love