Wineries and architecture (CONTAINS VIDEO)
Trip Start Oct 21, 2006
115Trip End Mar 21, 2008
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Having had a couple of beers last night at the restaurant, I wake up in the middle of the night needing to use the bathroom. At the best of times I am a little disoriented in the middle of the night, let alone in a new place with absolutely no moonlight or streetlights to help me. I fumble my way around, banging into furniture and walking with my hands in front of me like a zombie. My bumps and muffled cries of pain each time my toe hits a new object wake Jane, who thinks my blind wanderings are the funniest thing going.
Anyway, once fully awake in the morning, Jane and I both go for runs to stave off our guilty exercise consciences for a while. It is a very peaceful activity, jogging along the winding rural roads, with the occasional passing car being the only other human contact.
The four of us take a drive through some stunning countryside to Clearview, one of the many wineries that contribute to the flourishing Hawkes Bay viticulture industry. Neither of us had ever been to a winery and we weren't quite sure what to expect.
From there we drive around to Napier, the town that was famously rebuilt in Art Deco style following a destructive earthquake in 1931. I was expecting a little more Art Deco to be honest but then again I'm not a fanatic so it doesn't really matter. We go to the local outdoor swimming pool and relax in the spa for a while. Back at the house we take it easy, have a homemade dinner and watch the season finale of 'New Zealand Idol', in all its hokey, self-important, semi-talented, glitzy glory.