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Roger and Donna travelled to New Zealand and Australia in September, 2013. They will be in Paris in September 2015 with a train trip to Nice and Barcelona. They will then be aboard the Disney Magic (again) for a transatlantic cruise to Miami. Follow their travels on Twitter @rsauer3473.

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Saturday, November 9, 2013

September 29-30 Napier to Wellington

September 29, 2013: NAPIER


As befitting the nature of this Establishment, the Esk Valley Lodge serves breakfast to guests. We had fresh omelets, bacon, and toast. The jam and orange juice were from the Lodge. We were offered a menu and chose the safest items. All items were very good. This was the first time I had ever seen Kidneys on Toast as a breakfast option. I wonder how many select it.


After eating we drove past Napier to Hastings for its weekly Farmers Market. Fresh eggs, honey, hot sauces, candies, and cheeses were offered in booths and tents in a park- like setting. The weather was sunny and the green of the park and the blooms on the New Zealand flowers added a lot to the atmosphere. Bought a piece of walnut brittle.


Driving back into Napier, we stopped by the waterfront park as there appeared to be another Farmers Market going on. This was actually a swap meet activity with people selling old books, tools, knitware, and assortments of vegetables. One wild looking man was selling moonshine that was offered in reused two liter soda bottles. We passed on this.


We had brought some laundry with us in the hopes of finding a laundromat somewhere in Napier. The rest of our morning was spent driving around the town looking for one. Came back to the Lodge where Donna took a nap. Not a good idea to drink Starbucks instant before bed. That and the change to NZ daylight saving time caught us short on sleep. 


Later we drove to Napier, found the laundry and sat out in the sun while our clothes got washed and dried. At 5 PM Jes and Eilene joined us for wine and snacks. The Reisling wine served was from their own grapes. Their fields are contracted out to a winery that does all the work.


September 30, 2013: NAPIER TO WELLINGTON


After a nice breakfast served to us by host Jes Roddy,, we drove to Wellington through green fields covered with flocks of sheep, deep valleys, and as we approached the country's capital, the blue green of the Tasman Sea on our right. We had a choice of routes and were glad we followed the western one as we could see storm clouds in the east. At one time our path along the road had black clouds on the left and sunny skies on the right as we neared our destination.


It was confusing as we entered the city due to some steady rain and our erroneous assumption that we would arrive from the south of the bay on which the city is built. After a brief drive down some streets we could recognize on the map, we arrived at the James Cook Grand Chancellor Hotel. Our room was on the 20th floor with a view of surrounding skyscrapers. While technically a Lambdon Room, we dubbed our room the Fujitsu Room after the gigantic neon lights outside and above our large windows.


We parked the car in the garage earlier and decided we would leave it there for the duration until we take the ferry on Thursday. Despite the rain we walked down toward the quay stopping at a Pita Pit restaurant for Thai chicken pita sandwich we shared.


The weather was forecasted to be better on Tuesday, so we returned to our lofty room and read and watched television.




Streaky bacon- American bacon strips

Torches- flashlights

Take away- to go

Long Black- black coffee

Roundabouts instead of signaled intersections

Political signs everywhere

Green hills

Cycads- fern trees

Sheep everywhere

Chirping pedestrian Walk/Don't Walk signals



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