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The end of our trip!

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On our last day in Christchurch we had a few more hours to enjoy the city. This city was our favorite in NZ due to its focus on the arts. On our way to the Cathedral square we stumbled upon a cute alleyway that caught our eyes. It was called Sol Square and there were several restaurants, coffee shops, art dealers, pubs, and lots of art installations hanging around. Check out the Mini Cooper that was high above our heads!


I found myself needing a little breakfast even after the delicious meal the night before, but Sol Square’s shops didn’t seem to be open. Jeannine, however, had spotted a vegetarian restaurant at the square near the Cathedral. We made our way there and found the restaurant and a lovely artist market in full swing too. Lotus Heart Restaurant is on the second floor of an historic building overlooking the Cathedral Plaza. The place had lots of pictures of an Indian Guru named Sri Chinmoy and every table had little cards with his aphorisms. I jotted a few down that caught my interest and thought I’d share this one with you:

We must follow,
first and foremost,
the advice that we give
to others.

The menu read like a series of culinary delights. I selected the one called “Flax-oat French Toast” with a chai and Jeannine got scrambled eggs, veggies with a ginger-apple-lemon juice. The French toast was made with flax seeds, oat flour, nutritional yeast and rice milk batter with whole grain bread sprinkled with cinnamon and maple syrup and served with fresh fruit and edible flower petals. Delish and so pretty we took a picture.


After that great breakfast we set out for a little walking tour of Christchurch which was mentioned in our guidebook. It took us back through the Cathedral Square and down Regent street which was built in 1932 in the Spanish Mission style:


Then over to the river, called Avon of course, to see the shallow punting boats taking people on a romantic float.

Punting on the Avon

Punting on the Avon

We also saw an adorable family of Paradise ducks walking in the park. These ducks breed only in New Zealand and are unusual because the female’s feathers stand out more than the male’s. The female has the white head in the photos below:


We met up with Franz for one last night and caught up with them on our trip. The last day was one of packing and saying good-byes. It’s hard to imagine the trip is coming to a close. We fly back to California tomorrow to spend the weekend there and will head back to Austin on Monday morning.

Posted by Aeren 09:45 Archived in New Zealand

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Thanks be to God for all the great experiences you had, safe travels, good weather and only one hiccup with illness... May your journey home be smooth and your new home filled with great blessings~
p.s. send me your new address as soon as is convenient... thanks

by Lisa

Thanks so much for sharing your journey...safe travels home...all the best


PS... I ask this for a friend....did the car parked on the side of the building get ticketed? Just wondering :)

by Paula

I'm glad you and Jennine have a safety journey.
Maybe next time I could go in ur bag. God bless u
love Mom

by Juanita Pagan

It's been great to read about your ongoing trip. It sounds like it has been an amazing journey. I hope settling in to Texas is just as fun, and goes just as smoothly!

by Julia

Thanks everybody!
I think the Mini Cooper did get a ticket because the parking sign next to it said "5 minute loading zone"!

by Aeren

It's been wonderful following your journey! May your new journey of life in Austin be as full of adventures, joy, and love.

by deborah

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