Monday, July 18, 2016

A City Break

Gosh, has it been a month since my last post? Where did those weeks go to?  Back in late June I got sick with a viral infection and it seemed to linger for ages, the usual winter bugs doing the rounds at my work and Hannah got a mild version too.  

My stitching mojo has also disappeared so it has been a few weeks since I picked up any stitching but I've been doing plenty of knitting and crochet in the meantime, and have a couple of small projects made up to share later in the week. I've also been working on some birthday gifts too.

It's the school holidays here at the moment so Mum and I took Hannah and Zoe to Wellington last week for a few days. Its been some time since Mum was last there so we had lots of sight seeing and shopping planned!

Hannah was very excited for our girls trip!

We stayed at the Ibis, which is located near Lambton Quay, and easy walking distance to all the local attractions we wanted to check out.

We were very lucky with the weather with a couple of days of winter sunshine and it didn't turn really cold and windy until the afternoon we were heading home.

One of the highlights of our trip was our visit to Te Papa, to see the Gallipoli, Scale of our War Exhibition.

I would definitely recommend a visit for Kiwis and tourists alike. The attention to detail was incredible, and all the information and interactive displays made for very emotional viewing.

If you are planning to go, allow yourself plenty of time and I'd recommend booking a tour online which means you gain entry before the rest of Te Papa opens and avoid the queues.

We did lots of walking around the water front.

One night we went to the movies to see the BFG, which we loved.

Hannah and Zoe wanted to visit the Beehive, part of the New Zealand Parliament Buildings.

You can do guided tours here, most days the tours run on the hour, and are an hour long.

Hannah's highlight of our trip was her first ice skating experience!  All her dreams came true that's for sure.

We actually went twice, once during the day and once in the evening.  Boy, did it get chilly in there!  I would have loved to have given it a try myself but because I have a weak right ankle from too many sprains playing many years of netball so it probably wasn't a good idea.

The girls had so much fun!  The rink is set up on the waterfront just along from Te Papa until the end of July.

One day we chanced upon the Wellington City Library, which blew Hannah away. Our little town library would probably fit into just the children's section! lol.

We were also able to meet up with our friend Georgia for lunch one day. Georgia is currently studying at the University of Victoria in Wellington.

Of course a trip to Wellington for us always involves a bit of shopping and I was able to visit a few of my favourite shops, having tucked away a bit of spending money over the past few weeks.

These new teas from T2 are absolutely delicious, especially Jaffalicious.

We also got to spend a bit of time relaxing back at the hotel and I had taken some knitting with me, finishing two projects over a couple of evenings. So in all, a wonderful few days away, just what we needed in the middle of winter, to have a change of scenery, and spend some time together.

See you soon xx

1 comment:

Maggee said...

Hannah has grown so much--she's quite pretty! And Zoe... it is amazing to think she was little as Zoe when we first began to see her... Now she is ready to launch on her own, she is so grown!! It IS good to get away in the middle of winter... will keep that in mind!! Thanks for sharing that museum... I thought those displays were life-size, until I saw the picture of Zoe reaching out to one 'man'--wow they are HUGE! It is definitely emotional to see those life-like scenes! Great post!

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