Island View Garden Retreat
Travel Blogs from North Island
... on the exterior walls of shops, sidewalks have mosaics embedded in them, mosaic benches allow one to rest, spindle posts, brightly painted, hold up the canopies that extend over the sidewalks of the shopping district, and gift bags use his mosaic style. Across from the toilets is a park built into the side of a hill with sculpture and mosaics in the colorful style of the town's most famous person. Sadly, it was closed when we got there due to recent mudslides. It ...
... a cooking lesson from the locals. We had an authentic New Zealand or Australian dessert (depends on who you ask) called Pavlova. Now for those of you who don’t know what that is I’ll do my best to explain it. To me it’s like a cross between Angel Food Cake and Peeps (those marshmallow sugary treats you find at Easter time). It’s a very lightweight cake that you spread cream on and put fruit in. Here’s how we made it. We bought the ...
... ones that came by to check me out - it was funny because a few of them actually seemed to enjoy it. The others gave me disgusted looks and then swam away. On our way back to the boat, we saw shoals of fish hiding in its shadow, which made for such a cool image.
Getting out of the water the second time was a lot easier - my body adjusted a lot better, and I warmed up very quickly. We took the boat around the islands a bit, and Darren came and told us about ...
... Staffy who lived at the house.
After a shower and pre dinner drinks we had dinner at the Squashed Pipi in town, where we had excellent pizzas.
Back home to the most beautiful display of stars in the night sky we have EVER seen, only wish we could have captured it on film.
Seems to be the catchphrase of this trip but another great day : ...
... dives we had worked up a healthy appetite so we had our first NZ steak and discovered that they raise some very good tasting beef in this country too. And when Michael goes shopping on his own, no one asks him for his ID, so we could have a nice bottle of wine with our steak.
The next morning, after having had a hearty breakfast of delicious coffee (flat whites, we miss you already), bacon, eggs and hash browns, we continued on to Paihia, in the Bay of Islands. New adventures ...
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