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This is the blog of Maunie of Ardwall charting our adventures as we sail around the world. This season we spent 5 months exploring Vanuatu and are now on the east coast of Australia.

Monday, 12 October 2015

The colonial sights of Suva

This week promises to be windy and wet so we're doing the city thing as well as some boat jobs. Here are a few more photos of some of the old colonial aspects of the city that we've visited over the past few days:

A period photo of the Grand Pacific Hotel, now restored to more than its former glory

The airy central hall



We treated ourselves to a huge and delicious lunch. The glasses contain dessert and water, not alcohol!

The reception team pose for a photo shoot. The staff are impeccably trained and very friendly
 The size of our lunch dictated a long walk so we passed some other interesting sights:

The guard at the President's residence

The Suva bowls club - it could be England, apart from the trees
We also visited the very good National Museum which had a great display of traditional canoes, including a drua catamaran, built in Fulaga in 1906:

The beautiful drua
 There was also a display of modern wedding dresses which are made with tapa cloth which is traditional material of beaten bark fibres:



Dianne was given a warm welcome by this chap as we walked around the displays:



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