I saw some great art on construction fences
Some fabulous new buildings
and quite a few buildings going through reconstruction.
Then I hopped off the trolly to have a delicious breakfast at Fiddlesticks
with a turmeric latte
and a view of the Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu
After breakfast, I continued my journey on foot, first getting closer look at the art on display outside of the museum
and stopping to play the piano.
I walked along the river
I traced my steps back to get a closer look at the stuff I'd seen from the trolly,
like the street art
I became more knowledgable of local landmarks, like the Chalice sculpture in Cathedral Square!
seeing the Cathedral as it's being rebuilt...
and I discovered that New Zealanders are runners!! Everywhere I went there were people out jogging & running!
Run, hot mens! Run!
I, on the other hand, rested from my exhaustive walk.
Then I made my way over to Christchurch Botanical Gardens
As I stepped out of the gardens, I felt like I wanted to see more, out of the city. That's when I caught a shuttle taking me to the Christchurch Gondola!
I travelled up, up, up and got a fabulous view as a birthday gift
I walked, meditating and marveling at the view, along a long trail,
making my way to the other side of the hill where I saw a fantastic view of the coast!
It truly was a calming and beautiful place to sit and reflect, basking in the celebration of my 50 years on the planet.
I made my way back to the city where I found an enchanting restaurant to dine in. Casa Publica, with it's Spanish influence, employed a handsome bartender who poured me my birthday Negroni
Which went well with my dinner of skewered calamari
and crispy polenta
I was quite happy!
Finally, I made my way back to the hotel, where I treated myself to a birthday Ice Cream Sunday!
I had a wonderful day of roaming free, adventuring and reflecting and found myself to be the perfect companion. There was no need to worry, I may have been by myself, but I wasn't alone...