Trip Start Oct 31, 2006
Trip End Jan 30, 2007

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Monday, December 4, 2006

Before we get into this leg of the journey, there have been some questions about the Toffee Pops that were mentioned in our previous entry. So, to start off this entry, a photo speaks for itself. Now onto Akaroa - a settlement originally founded by the French in the early 1800s, but the Brits had already taken over the area when the French came back to colonize in 1840. But the 63 French and 7 Germans remained. Now, after more than 160 years of British Rule it's about as French as the Union Jack. The town tries to keep some of it's traditional French feel, for marketing purposes, with French street signs,
the tricolour, and businesses called things like L'hotel, L'appartment, etc. Including a restaurant that is called Ma Maison, which when locals pronounce it, sounds like Mommy Zone or Mommy's own. Quite amusant. In any case, a very pretty town set on a very long harbour. And though we didn't find any fabulous bakeries, we did get some great cheese at Barry's Bay nearby, so perhaps a bit of French influence remains!
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