Wine and Whales
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February 7, Still in Abel Tasman at our favorite hotel the Resurgence. Every meal is a mix of people from different countries and the food is healthy and good. After our hiking ordeal yesterday of John's intestinal distress, we opted for a cruise on the Tasman Sea. It was fantastic with sightings of seals, a penguin and over 20 playful dolphins. The dolphins were the best as they tried to out race our boat and trilled us with their jumps and turns. There were even several groups of moms with calves. John and I got to kayak and I got to hike in the forest again (John had had enough yesterday). We even got to hand feed the fish leftover bread from our lunch. I think ;this was our best day yet!
February 8, We sadly said goodbye to the innkeepers at our hotel and journey towards Blenheim
February 9, We spent the afternoon in the famous region of Marlborough. Sampling their famous wines. We went to many wineries including Cloudy Bay which is famous for their Sauvignon Blanc. Each winery has a spittoon in case you don’t like the wine or wish to “swish and flush” before trying another. We ended our day by stopping at the Chocolate Factory which makes homemade chocolates. This was Jean’s personal favorite of today’s stops.