Hubby and I embarked on a wonderful adventure today. We kissed our beloved Canadian winter goodbye and spent 27 hours to get to Christchurch NZ. We left frigid temperatures yesterday, and arrived in the garden capital of NZ today. Here are a couple of pictures of the beautiful hydrangeas and hollyhock in the gardens at the hotel that is our home for the next couple of days. We rented bicycles for our trip, and quickly jumped on them this afternoon to alleviate the issues associated with a 27-hour trip (lack of exercise!). NZ is a great country for cyclists, and Christchurch fits right in, with bike lanes on most of the roads. Christchurch is known as the garden city in NZ, for it is lush and green. This is in stark contrast to the view from our airplane window as we travelled from Auckland to Christchurch this morning – it was mostly mountainous, with very little sign of life. We toured the downtown area of Christchurch today, including the areas devastated by the earthquake in 2010, then further damaged by the numerous after-shocks in following months. Here is a picture in Container CityI can only imagine what Christchurch looked like before the massive earthquake. After riding around for a few hours today, the only thing Hubby and I need to get used to is riding on the left side of the road, opposite North American driving practices. While driving the car today, Hubby turned the windshield wipers on several times in an attempt to put the turn signals on. Hopefully in 2 more days, he will be thinking “left” instead of “right”.
Time to call it a day – the jet-lag is setting in. Tomorrow will be another busy day, including a longer bike ride and perhaps a visit to Art of Sewing, the local quilt shop.
Until then, Cheers!