Monday start of week three

So we said farewell to Roturua and the smell of the sulphur and also goodbye to Darryn and his chum Brent. Darryn was truly an ambassador for this hotel and should be given a huge pay rise.

Goodbye to Darryn a real star of this hotel.
Goodbye to Darryn a real star of this hotel.

We were heading for the Scenic hotel in Napier. The scenery on the way was just out of this world and at last we began to see huge flocks of sheep, where before we had seen enormous flocks of cattle.

Breathtaking views.
Breathtaking views.

The jury is still out on the Maori evening. Entertaining yes, and some good food cooked in a pit for three hours. I thought there was a slight hint of kerosine but Mary was not convinced.

The pit contained lamb, chicken and sweet and normal potatoes.
The pit contained lamb, chicken and sweet and normal potatoes.

So we will mull a while over the evening and come back to it.

Meanwhile here comes bed number 6 and a view almost of the Pacific, better if we had been higher up. And the Hotel just looks exactly how I imagine the BBC TV Centre will look after they have converted it into flats. Napier is a major Art Deco centre. More of that tomorrow along with a trip to the biggest Gannet colony in the world. Thanks for reading and sleep well: I’m sure we will again! M & M

Could well be the BBC TV Centre. Don't you think?
Could well be the BBC TV Centre. Don’t you think?
Maori night 1.
Maori night 1.
Maori night 2
Maori night 2
Maori night 3.
Maori night 3.
Night, night encore!
Night, night encore!
Four floors up would have been better, but you can just see the Pacific  between the tree and the building.
Four floors up would have been better, but you can just see the Pacific between the tree and the building.

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Malcolm and Mary

Malcolm worked for LWT. Mary worked for TRL. They live near Camberley in Surrey and did achieve their life long ambition to visit New Zealand. They have two daughters Laura and Hannah and two grandchildren Zach & Safi. Having done the big trip they then went to Canada, which was amazing. Scroll down it’s all here. They have visited Venice that they both so fell in love with in 2009 again. And recently returned to Lefkada for one week in glorious sunshine. Where next? Well, Canada is calling again in 2019; this time including Alaska. So stay tuned if you enjoy the ups and downs of travelling.

4 thoughts on “Monday start of week three”

  1. Yes, we still can’t decide, if we enjoyed it or not. Mary got really cold watching them dance about. They did all the dancing and rowing the boat brilliantly but the cold took the edge off it. Also the chap who introduced the whole thing said welcome to every country represented there. As there were around 200 to 250 people, this took an awful long time for him to show how smart he was by saying, “Hello, how are you and welcome.” In all the different languages represented; must have taken a good half hour, by the end of which I really had lost any love for my fellow man that I started out with and really didn’t give two hoots than two people from Bosnia were amongst us!

  2. Like you I would be awaiting the jury’s return..It’s like the “Geyser” precisely at 10.15…A hangi can take forever…But a meal time has to be met…So if Kerosene does it…Then Kerosene it is! Also the hotel would have been designed by the same person that did TVNZ Akl…It is precisely the same!!! Martin and Sylv

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