Sunday, November 4, 2007

Christmas in JUNE ! ???

On our final night in NZ, after our Tranz Alpine arrived at Christchurch Train Station, we made our way to Bella Vista Motel at 193 Bealey Avenue. This cluster of beautiful motel is only 3 streets away from Cathedral Square...the city centre. Nevertheless, after checking into our suite, with the map of the city in hand, we headed into the city. There was no snow but we could see bits of frost in nooks and corners along the pavement as we sauntered at a leisurely manner. We were going nowhere in particular but looking out for some eateries or restaurants to have dinner.
The next morning, 15th of June 2000, we headed for the city information centre and booked a city bus tour on the spot. When the bus arrived with a guide to boot, we were pleasantly surprised that the only people were ourselves....just the 2 of us, the driver and the guide!
We visited many of the main attractions in and around the city and suburbs. The tour ended at the square.
With much time on our hand before our flight back home, we explored more of the city centre.
Top photo: This one caught our immediate attention. It says," Try our Mid-Winter X'MAS Buffet " at the Riverside Restaurant ( Oxford on Avon ). For a moment we thought the people here celebrated X'mas in June rather than in December. But the ambience, the cold climate and environment stirred our memories of winter Christmas in the Northern Hemisphere. Strange....but we felt as though it was already X'mas back then!
ps: the date on the photo was 14.6.00. This is an internal camera error. Should be 15.6.00.
Centre photo:
Relaxing after punting on the Avon River in the park.

Bottom photo:
The official Town Crier at Cathedral Square

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