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New Caledonia for Families: Travel Tips & Advice

By Guest Blogger, Marie N.

New Caledonia for Families: Travel Tips & Advice

If you’ve been dreaming to take your family for an unforgettable vacation, there might a perfect destination for you. Only two and a half hours flight from Auckland or Sydney takes you to the beautiful archipelago of New Caledonia.

 

This magnificent place offers something for every family member. Visit remote islands, enjoy sunny beaches, try scuba diving in the crystal-clear water, enjoy local cuisine and admire the local history and architecture. A beautiful mix of Melanesian and French culture and history is the essence of this little tropical heaven.

A touch of France

New Caledonia is a French overseas territory, so visiting this archipelago means you are visiting a French version of a tropical heaven; so, remind yourself and teach your kids some useful phrases in French. Your kids will love trying them out during your visit. Encourage them to engage in a conversation with the cashier in the supermarket, or to have a chit-chat with the waiter while ordering food in the restaurant.

 

In addition to the language, you can enjoy French food. Enjoy a family picnic close to the sea after you visit a supermarket. There you can find baguettes, French cheese, butter and wine for a reasonable price. If you’re more of a fan of restaurants, you can enjoy in some of many New Caledonia’s French restaurants.  Try some of the French-influenced specialties of the archipelago like bougna, stewed shrimp, seafood vol au vent, or bulimes (Isle of Pines’ snails).

Explore the capital

Nouméa is the capital city and the first place you will visit when you land in New Caledonia. It is situated on the largest island of the archipelago, Grande Terre. This will be the starting point for your following journeys around the island, so first make sure to pick a relaxing and comfortable Noumea accommodation.

 

After you find the perfect spot where you can rest and leave your stuff, enjoy your walk to the city center through the palm shady streets that are full of Citroens, Renaults and Peugeots. Remember that you came to a tropical area, so make sure you put on a hat, sunglasses, and a sunscreen.

 

You will find some interesting sites when you reach the city center. Old buildings will evoke the memory of the old colonial times. You can visit Cathédrale Saint-Joseph de Nouméa not far from the city center. Climb on the top to take in a great view of the city and its surroundings.

 

While you’re still in Nouméa, make sure to visit Tjibaou Cultural Centre. This impressive piece of architecture is dedicated to the indigenous Kanak people that make around 40% of the archipelago’s population. Here, you can explore their history and art, most notable sculptures of this Melanesian people.

 

Visit the Loyalty Islands’ jewel

After spending a couple of days in the capital, it’s time to get in touch with a pure beauty of a remote island. Our advice is to take a plane from Nouméa to Lifou New Caledonia; after all, it is one of the archipelago’s most beautiful islands. You can experience many things here: impressive cliffs on the north and the south side, and beautiful beaches on the east and the west side of the island. Spend the day at the beautiful Easo beach and enjoy swimming and snorkeling at the white sandy beach.

 

But for the real snorkeling experience, visit the Baie de Jinek, a coral-filled bay that offers a beautiful underwater view. You will have to pay 15 AUD $ to access the water, but all the money goes to the protection of the island’s environment and keeping this bay intact.

 

You have a unique opportunity to understand how people live on such a tiny island in the middle of the ocean. Go for a walk through local villages and engage in a conversation with people. Again, your French language skills will be a great help. The locals are very friendly, and will be happy to present you their culture, folklore and cuisine.  

Something for the kids

You will spend a couple of days in Nouméa before the departure from this beautiful archipelago. Save this part of the trip as a special surprise for your kids who can explore the wildlife of this Pacific heaven.

 

The Aquarium des Lagons is a tourist attraction that vividly represent different aquatic ecosystems of New Caledonia. The aquarium is divided into sections, where you can find species from the fresh water of rivers and lakes, then those from the mangroves, lagoon, and from the deep ocean. Kids will enjoy watching many animal species like eels, turtles, fish, fluorescent nautilus, phosphorescent corals, giant shrimps, etc.

 

Another place that will thrill your kids is the Parc Zoologique et Forestier. It consists of a botanical garden and a zoo. The majority of over 700 animals and 130 species in the zoo are birds, while the botanical park mostly consists of sclerophyllous forest (aka primitive forest), with around 60% of endemic species. You can explore this beautiful place on Segways.

 

This beautiful archipelago is a great place to spend a vacation with your family. You can browse local culture, cuisine and the history of the urban city like the capital Nouméa, or enjoy the sun, beaches, cliffs, coral reefs and other natural beauty some of the remote islands. Either way, an unforgettable journey is guaranteed.

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Natural Home Remedies for Blemishes

By Guest Blogger Rose Emma

Natural Home Remedies for Blemishes

Blemishes can appear in form of dark spots, skin discoloration and commonly caused by acne. They can occur because some factors such as unhealthy diet, hormonal imbalance, aging, genetics, sun and wrong skincare.

The high amount of oil production brings about blemishes and they are mostly the result of an acne burst. The pimple fades away, but it lets scars stay with you and that make you remember it.

Having a suitable treatment for blemishes is the best choice to make sure that they don’t survive to attack you. Here are some natural home remedies to get rid of blemishes.

  1. Orange Peel

Orange peel is considered as a natural bleach to enhance your skin health and get rid of blemishes and acnes. It also helps eliminate suntan. In addition, with the high amount of antioxidants and vitamin C, it refreshes your skin and gives a youthful bloom.

How to apply:

–        Create the mix by adding two teaspoons powder of orange peel and one teaspoon yogurt and honey.

–        Apply this paste on your affected areas.

–        Let it sit for 15 minutes before washing it off.

Reapply this process two or three times per week until you see encouraging results.

You can buy orange peel powder market, or produce it yourself by putting orange peels under the sunlight for some days and later on grinding them to get suitable powder.

  1. Cucumber

Cucumber is one of the most natural and effective remedies to soothe for your skin and works as an astringent also widens your pores and supports to clear blemishes and scars. It increases the texture of skin and gets rid of inflammation because of the presence of antioxidant vitamin C.

How to use:

–        Blend a half cup of cucumber without peel in a blender and mix with lemon juice about three tablespoons. Place this paste on affected skin and wait for it about at least 20 minutes and then remove it with cool water. Do this routine until you see positive results.

–        Reversely, you can easily put fresh and raw juice from a cucumber on your affected skin by using a gentle ball. Keep it on for 20 minutes before rinsing it off with cool water. Repeat this twice per day for one month. For more benefits of cucumber at: 20 Handy Tips on How To Get Rid of a Black Eye.

  1. Strawberries

Strawberries are rich in a wide range of antioxidants and nutrients that can help keep skin from blemish. With the presence of alpha hydroxyl acids, vitamin C, ellagic acid and salicylic acid, it can peel dead skin, reduce acne and make scars fade away.

How to do:

–        Using a fork to mash three strawberries.

–        Use this to create a mix with two equal parts of organic honey and yogurt.

–        Then, put 1 tablespoon of ground oatmeal into the mix.

–        Slightly place it on your skin and let it sit for 10 and 15 minutes in maximum before washing it off with a warm cotton washcloth in order to open the pores.

–        Reapply this three times per week for at least one month.

  1. Banana Peel

Bananas and banana peels consist of some kinds of anti-inflammatory properties that can help get rid of inflammation of pimples and redness. In addition, they contain potassium and antioxidants that are excellent source for the skin.

How to use:

–        Put the inside of banana peel on your skin for at least five minutes.

–        Let it sit as long as you can; you need not clear it off with water.

–        Do this three times per day until your blemishes fade away.

In order to prevent blemishes, take considerations on skincare, follow a healthy diet, use plenty of water and keep away from the sun damage. Moreover, if acne or pimples bring about blemishes for you, remember to wash your face at least twice per day with a cotton soap and do not touch on your pimples.

  1. Lemon Juice

Lemon juice is a wonderful skin-lightening natural and effective remedy to eliminate hyperpigmentation and dark spots because of the effect of bleaching.

With the rich of citric acid, it can exfoliate the skin, clear out excess oil and get rid of acne-causing bacteria. It also helps prevent the large pores from appearing and smooth your skin.

How to apply:

–        Simply place fresh lemon juice on the affected area and wait for it about 15 to 20 minutes and then wash it off. Repeat this three times per day for several weeks.

–        Instead, create a mix by adding one quarter teaspoon of organic honey with the same amount of lemon juice. Apply it on skin and let it sit on at least 15 minutes before rinsing it off. Do a few times per week until your blemishes disappear.

In other way, you can also combine together two teaspoons of tomato juice and lemon juice. Adding the same part of oatmeal if you want and rub the mixture on your skin. Wait for it about 15 minutes before clear it out. Reapply this routine, or three times per week for until you see encouraging results.

Having a suitable treatment for blemishes is the best choice to make sure that they don’t survive to attack you.

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Author’s bio: This article is written by Rose Emma – Senior Editor of Authority Remedies. She works as a health care expert in the field of Nutrition and Health for over 2 years after trained in Food and Nutrition Dietetics at Bluffton University. With all the experience she accumulates since college, she provides people with useful information about nutrition as well as helps them with their common health problems.

 

Tips to Look Better in Your Bikini (That Don’t Involve Exercise)

Tips to Look Better in Your Bikini (That Don’t Involve Exercise)

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It’s summer –  the season of sun, sea, and swimwear. If the mere mention of swimwear is enough to fill you with a cold dread, chances are, like a lot of women, you aren’t particularly confident about the way you look in a bikini. Chances are you also aren’t particularly keen on exercising your way to a better bikini body, and anyway it’s a bit too late for that now! That’s okay because there are lots of things you can do to look better in a bikini that don’t involve exercise…

 

Ditch the Junk Food

 

You’d be surprised how much better your bikini body can look after just a few days of cutting out junk and other foods that cause you to retain water and bloat. So, if you’re heading off to the beach in a couple of days, eat clean, and that bot of a belly you’re worried about will be gone in no time.

 

Buy a Bikini That’s Your ACTUAL Size

 

I can’t state enough just how important it is that you stop trying to squeeze yourself into that size 6 bikini and buy the 8. By doing so, you will actually look slimmer, rather than larger and no one will know what it says on the label anyway!

 

Laser the Hair Away

 

If the reason you’re worried about wearing a bikini is that you have lots of excess hair and removing it causes your skin to redden or a rash to form, look into getting Hollywood Skin Brazilian hair removal instead. It’ll sort out your hair problem and leave your skin looking perfectly smooth for the rest of the summer!

 

Fake Your Bake

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If you’re pasty and the pale and interesting look isn’t for you, don’t avoid slipping into your swimwear – fake your bake. Fake tanning products are getting better all the time, making it much easier for you to boost your tan at home. If you aren’t confident in your abilities, visit your local Sun Tan City. A professional job will cost a little more, but it will make you look slimmer and give you your confidence back, making it totally worth it.

 

Stand Up Straight

 

You’re probably rolling your eyes at the screen right now, but the simple act of standing up straight with your head held high and your spine erect can make a huge difference to how good you look in a bikini. When we slump, we automatically look pudgier than we are, so by maintaining a straight spine, or even better lying down, we automatically look thinner and more toned. Really, try it. It works!

 

Buy a Swimsuit

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If you’re really worried about baring all in a bikini at the coast and it’s playing on your mind, just don’t wear one. There are plenty of pretty swimsuits and tankinis which will look just as cute and give you. A bit more security when you’re out on the beach. Having fun and enjoying the sun is what’s important, not being able to slip into a bikini!

 

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