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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
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.
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.