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Published: July 18th 2010
Punt along Avon
Yup, just like England (less crowded)
Thought I had enough of this city. Glad I stayed another day and walked past the Cathedral square. First thing this morning I changed hotels to one with garden, free bicycles, homey kitchen and book room and peaceful atmosphere. Then I walked towards the museums and found the Sunday market. Later I went to the museum and botanical gardens. Finally I caught a bus to the beach at New Brighton. New and improved Brighton Pier and beach I must say! Miles of sand (no pebbles), sleek concrete pier (no amusement rides) and powerful surf. A library and sheltered restaurant were at the beach end of the pier. And across the road there was a curry house, South of India, with lunch meals for $7 n.z. which is something over $5 Canadian, right? Food is delicious and the atmosphere is chic. Every restaurant I have tried is great.
All in all, Christchurch is a nice city with tons of perks and many signs of urban chic. There are things that are very British, and there are delights that come with a new country with lots of resources. It deserves more than a day, and if it were summer, I'd spend more than
Inside glass atrium you can purchase tickets for $15 n.z. and circle inner city and get off and on whenever you like. I decided to walk.
a week here.
Later....a cook-off with Japanese, Taiwanese and Chinese chefs/backpackers. Hmmmm, the kitchen smells wonderful! Of course the Japanese did suchi and it tasted better (more fish) than the stuff I can buy at the Superstore. One of the neat things about traveling abroad is meeting new people and sharing some life experiences; such as a busy kiitchen at suppertime.
Monday morning: What to do? Where to go? A backpacker's query every now and then. The weather is sunny so now might be the time to rent a car and drive to Queenstown where everyone raves about. Morning paper suggests weather will be crappy the rest of the week...so will I get stuck that side of the mountain pass? dunno Better make up my mind and shift in some direction.
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