Oliver is…

He that hath a beard is more than a youth, and he that hath no beard is less than a man

…raising a toast to Champagne Bay

Before we get to Port Vila, we go to Champagne Bay. This bay is on the northern edge of Espiritu Santo (Holy Spirit), the largest island of Vanuatu*. If you go at the right time, which we didn’t, and the tide is low, you can apparently see the sea bubbling, which is where its name comes from.


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…New Caledonia born and raised

James Cook may have been a great explorer, but his knack for coming up with names for his discoveries leaves a lot to be desired. Much like New South Wales (and presumably New Britain), New Caledonia offers little in way of resemblance to its eponym. Its tropical climate, palm fringed streets and the fact the fools drive on the right make this about as different to Scotland as I can imagine. To top it all off, they all speak French.
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