A perfect day after the cloud had burned off. Blue sky and sunshine. Breakfast at the Hotel St. Clair was a completely different event than the morning before. Just shows how your staff are your biggest asset. The trip hazard of the toaster electric cable, had been averted by the placement of a portable screen, placed so that you couldn’t walk that way and trip! The waitress was friendly, attentive and I did get my second cup of coffee.
We drove past more lakes and yet more huge herds of cows.
As we got nearer to Mount Cook the scenery became completely awesome. Snow covered mountains always work for me. And wait, just wait for the almost final view out of a window we are to have. (Tomorrow it’s back to Christchurch for our final two nights.) It looks like a back cloth painted in a studio, except you can see tiny cars moving in the distance. We are on the tenth floor, the sound of the lift motor is a slight bore, but to get a view like the one you can see below, I think we can suffer the whine of the engine. It looks like something out of Lawrence of Arabia, or there should be herds of wildebeest roaming the plains below us.
Audley, thank you it’s been a complete ball and this view just caps everything.
And my final tiny, tiny, tiny whinge the bathrooms never seem to have space for all your stuff. We both have bathroom bags and mine has a shaver, contact lens stuff, deodorant etc.etc. in it and only two places we stayed had proper space for them. Where we are now ‘The Hermitage’ and ‘The Regent of Rotorua’ which not only gets top marks for Darryn but also for the double sink.
Also the space for two suitcases was mostly catered for but not always. Anyway enough of the whinge. We are going for a drink in the bar and then just going to sit here and gaze at that view. And as always the bed looks very inviting. Thank you for reading, do bung us your last comments folks, it has been just out of this world. We are so lucky and of course we will post from Christchurch tomorrow and Friday and our dear friend John McEvoy’s house after the flight on Saturday and the final stop in Singapore on our return leg.