Te Papa

Trip Start Oct 01, 2008
Trip End Dec 30, 2009

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Flag of New Zealand  , North Island,
Wednesday, November 26, 2008

The weather is still quite cool, so we kick off with a walk along the picturesque waterfront. There is a floating crane built on the Clyde in 1926. We spend a lot of the day in Te Papa, a museum of New Zealand. Good art displays and interesting accounts of early settlers. It is a modern building on the seafront and we see, among other things, a cannon from HMS Endeavour, Captain Cook's boat, a Maori whare and a stuffed moa bird (J not impressed). The earthquake and volcanic displays are very informative.

I may have mentioned Mac beer before. By good fortune, the brewery is situated beside the museum. Sometimes fate smiles upon one.

In the evening, we dine at Cafe Bastille, a French restaurant which doesn't quite carry it off as the waiters are too friendly. There is a good singer knocking out old-fashioned French numbers.
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