Tag Archives: Christchurch

Photo of the Week: A New Zealand Coffee Culture Coffee.

A while back while hanging out in the Sumner Beach part of Christchurch, New Zealand I stopped in at a Coffee Culture (local chain) and had a mocha that hit the spot. Was enough coffee for two, let alone one! 🙂

Mocha, Coffee Culture, Sumner Beach, Christchurch, New Zealand, coffee shop

Christchurch: A Botanic Gardens in Pictures.

Christchurch Botanic Gardens in New Zealand features one of the best collections of flowers including roses, native trees and plants, greenery, colors and more that I have come across. Lots of Christchurch time has equaled lots of times hanging out in the gardens. Below are some photos that I thought I’d share here in addition to my original post from a few years back.

Christchurch Botanic Gardens, New Zealand

Christchurch Botanic Gardens, New Zealand

Christchurch Botanic Gardens, New Zealand

Christchurch Botanic Gardens, New Zealand

Christchurch Botanic Gardens, New Zealand

Christchurch Botanic Gardens, New Zealand

Christchurch Botanic Gardens, New Zealand

Christchurch Botanic Gardens, New Zealand

Christchurch Botanic Gardens, New Zealand

Christchurch Botanic Gardens, New Zealand

Christchurch Botanic Gardens, New Zealand

Christchurch Botanic Gardens, New Zealand

Christchurch Botanic Gardens, New Zealand

Christchurch Botanic Gardens, New Zealand

Christchurch Botanic Gardens, New Zealand, Rose Garden

Christchurch Botanic Gardens, New Zealand, Rose Garden

Christchurch Botanic Gardens, New Zealand, Rose Garden

Christchurch Botanic Gardens, New Zealand

Christchurch Botanic Gardens, New Zealand

Christchurch Botanic Gardens, New Zealand

What gardens would you recommend that you have come across in your travels?

My Three Travel Regrets.

Thank you to Pola of Jetting Around for inviting me to write about three travel regrets.

It’s a change of pace to write about things travel related that I didn’t do. Things I wish I would have, no matter the reason. I can look back and think of three travel regrets.

1. The Layover in Sydney. I had a twelve-hour layover in between flights a couple of years ago on my way to New Zealand. I did take advantage by leaving the airport and heading into the city, seeing the Sydney Opera House, the Harbour Bridge and Sydney Cove up close. I headed back though to the airport several hours before I could have because I didn’t want to take any chances on missing my next flight. At the airport everything went smoothly so I wound up with lots of time to kill.

Right before I left downtown I was standing by the entrance to the ferry that was heading to Manly Bay and Beach. I’ve though myself I could have gotten on the ferry, explored and been back in plenty of time. I also thought, I could have climbed the Harbour Bridge instead of just walking on it and checked out other things. Its not every day you travel to the other side of the world, let alone have a layover in such a great place. Maybe someday I will turn that frown upside down.

Sydney Cove, Australia, Manly Bay ferry

Sydney Cove, Australia, Manly Bay ferry

The ferries to Manly Bay in Australia left from Wharf 3. Also, stood next to the Ferry Schedule at Wharf 2 in Sydney.

2. Photo Taking. As time goes on, with every trip these days seems to come more–and-more photo taking. I regret not taking as many photos, even as little as one at each stop on previous trips. The memory of most of those trips is still there. But to have just one photo of a places I’ve been that don’t exist anymore, like the old Cleveland Municipal Stadium or a place I can’t put a name on, like a great polish restaurant I was at in Montreal, is a big regret I have.

Cleveland Browns Stadium, Ohio

Cleveland Browns Stadium, the same site where the old Cleveland Municipal Stadium sat.

3. Christchurch. I was in Christchurch for a while, leaving only a week before the February 2011 earthquake. You may be thinking why would I regret leaving right before a major catastrophe. The fact that I wasn’t there to help a place that I became so close to, along with helping and being there for loved ones is something I think back on a lot and wished I would have been there to lend a helping hand immediately after.

Bridge of Remembrance, Christchurch, New Zealand

Bridge of Rememberance in Christchurch, New Zealand right before the earthquake. In need of extensive repair now.

Thank you again Pola for tagging me. Here are her three travel regrets. I’m interested to hear about some of the travel regrets Anis of Five Footer Traveller, Ellen of Feugomania and Bryan & Jessica of asixpackofstories have.

Do you have anything you look back on and regret in regards to travel?

Happy Hour After Work, I Mean Travel, in New Zealand.

After a long day working, I mean traveling around New Zealand, it’s Happy Hour time. What’s my go-to? The same as for many other tourists and locales, frites and aioli (a garlic mayonnaise).

Alongside is a Monteith’s beer to wash it down. You’ll find only Monteith’s beer on tap in a lot of locations in New Zealand. I went with their Original Ale in this shot.

Frites, aioli, New Zealand beer

Another day, more frites and aioli deliciousness.

Frites, aioli, New Zealand

When I’m not in the mood for beer, I go with my favorite of Monteith’s, their Crushed Pear Cider. I need them shipped to the states stat. 🙂

Monteith's Pear Cider, New Zealand beer

A desert beverage at Happy Hour? Why not? Nothing like a good old iced chocolate to relax you. I won’t say how many of these, from how many different places I’ve had in NZ haha.

iced chocolate, New Zealand

On a chilly late afternoon, I’ll be on the lookout for kumara soup. Kumara is a Māori term, meaning sweet potato.

kumara soup, New Zealand

If you can’t make Happy Hour and need a meal on the go, head to the local dairy and get a meat pie and V Energy drink. Time for some steak & cheese meat pies. Who’s that guy with the camera reflecting off the sliding glass door. 🙂

meat pies, New Zealand

What are your Happy Hour beverage and snacks of choice when in New Zealand? Australia?

Christchurch: Up-top the Cathedral.

It’s been over a year since the February 2011 earthquake claimed lives, destroyed many homes and businesses and caused extensive damage in the heart of Christchurch, the CBD and to the famous Christchurch Cathedral. 😦

I shared some pics of the Christchurch Cathedral that I took a week before the quake in New Zealand: The Christchurch Cathedral. Down below are some pics of my time up-top the Cathedral in the stone bell tower (spire).

A look to the south. You can see Cashmere and Port Hills and other mountains and hills off in the distance.

Christchurch, New Zealand - Cathedral views

Straight ahead is Worcester Street and points west. In the bottom left where the umbrellas are you can see a market in the heart of Cathedral Square.

Christchurch, New Zealand - Cathedral views

A better shot of the market where souvenirs and other small items were being sold.

Christchurch, New Zealand - Cathedral views

Looking out towards the northeast.

Christchurch, New Zealand - Cathedral views

Starring out towards the north down Colombo Street.

Christchurch, New Zealand - Cathedral views

Looking up-top towards the top of the tower from one of the balconies outside.

Christchurch, New Zealand - Cathedral views

The top of the tower from inside. I didn’t reference specific buildings because I’m not sure which ones are still standing or are badly damaged.

Christchurch, New Zealand - Cathedral views

The spire is long gone and Christchurch Cathedral as a whole is in the process of being deconstructed to a safe level. Earlier in the year for a short time they allowed people in to say their goodbyes to a national icon. A temporary “Cardboard Cathedral” will serve until a time when a new Christchurch Cathedral can be built. The city center is still closed.

The rebuilding in Christchurch will be in full swing before you know it and the town will be better than ever because of the resolve, heart, passion and friendliness of their people. I can’t wait to get back there. Some links to more resources on what’s currently happening:

More information on the Cardboard Cathedral.

Christchurch Cathedral – official site.

Aerial photos comparing CBD and other areas last year to now.

Up-to-date coverage on Christchurch Earthquake 2011.