Fiji has long been a favourite destination of ours for relaxing holidays.

On our first visit in the mid 1990s we fell in love with the happy, relaxed. smiling Fijian people and their wonderful greeting – Bula!

Since that first visit when we went  to Beachcomber Island off the western coast of Viti Levu and the Warwick resort on the Coral Coat, we have been back three more times – to island hop in the Yasawa Islands; to the Naviti Resort; and just three weeks ago – back to the Warwick.

This most recent trip to the Warwick Resort was a “blob-out, relax and do nothing” holiday.

We did however take the local bus service into Suva one day, and into Nadi on another.

Both Suva and Nadi are well worth a visit – if only to see the hustle and bustle side of Fiji. Tourist-oriented shops and stalls abound – many with postcards of Fiji, faded and discoloured, which I’m sure were on the shelves when we were last there.

Here then are some of our (deliberately aged) postcards from Fiji for you to enjoy.

 

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A back alley in Suva
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This wheel on a Nadi Market stall barrow has seen better days. Nadi Market is a sprawling, busting, mostly undercover market offers a huge range of fruit, vegetables and other produce including kava.

 

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Kayaks on the sand at the Warwick. Like most resorts in Fiji the Warwick offers a host of activities from kayaking and snorkelling, to bike riding, Touch Sevens along with a host of cultural activities.

 

the old korolevu airport building
The old Korelevu Airport building. One of the first resorts in Fiji was the Korolevu Beach Hotel which was served by a small airstrip. The resort, built in the 1950s, was closed down after a hurricane in 1983 caused major infrastructure damage in the area.

 

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Children play on a stairway to nowhere in the ruins of the old Korolevu Beach Hotel.

 

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Chess players taking some time out near the market in Nadi.

 

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Catching up with the daily news in Suva.

 

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Coffee Fiji style at the ZigZag Cafe in Prouds Department Store in Nadi.

 

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At Nadi Bus Station. Bus travel is cheap and convenient  –  the fare from Nadi to the Warwick  is F$8.00; and from the Warwick to Suva F8.25.

 

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A Suva restaurant owner scans the street for potential diners.

 

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A poster of the Fiji Olympic Gold Medal winning Sevens team on the door of a cottage in Votua village.

 

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Portes using wheelbarr ws charge $2.00 to get your luggage to you bus at the main Suva bus station.

 

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A boat sits tied up on the edge of a small river near Votua village.

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