Friday, January 31, 2014

Dream Trip Part Two

One of my favorite things to do when traveling is to check out the neighborhoods and houses.  We stopped in Akaroa, NZ, and found it to be totally charming.  I loved these cottages with the tin roofs.

Since it is the middle of summer there now, the flowers and gardens were in full bloom.

This one, complete with the picket fence was my favorite.  I wasn't sure if the 1876 on the sign was the house number, or age of the original house.  It was probably the house number.

 Imagine our surprise to find Crocodile Brochette on the menu one evening.  Not something I see every day, and I was less than enthusiastic about trying it.

It was beautifully served, but still I wondered to myself how bad it could be.  Maybe it was the wine that gave me the courage to give it a go.  It wasn't THAT bad.  They say it tastes like chicken, but I'm not so sure.  It was chewy, so I just swallowed my little piece, and washed it down with more wine.  At least I can say I tried it, which is more than one person in our group can say.  Right, Kelly?

My sisters camera had a better zoom than mine did, so she shared her photos.  I could see the little dots (sheep), but couldn't get good pics of them.  I was told by a local that the sheep population is way down from what it used to be.  I still like any place that has more sheep than people. 

 The scenery was so beautiful in New Zealand.  I've never heard anyone say that they didn't love visiting there, and now I know why.

More to come, but for now I need to get back to model stitching.


backporchcarver said...

beautiful photos,thanks for sharing.

Bikegirl said...

I love Akaroa too, we used to go there every summer holidays for 2 weeks. I still drive over to visit Akaroa every few months as I live in Christchurch which is only a 45 minute drive away. Hope you are having a wonderful time!

Sylvia said...

Lovely, lovely photos!! Those little cottages are to die for! I applaud you for eating some crocodile!! I am sure that once is enough though!!!

samplerlover said...

Love your NZ houses Tanya, they are very similar to houses that you see all of Australia. I would say that the one with 1876 on the fence is when the house was built. I think that all of your homes pictured would have been built well before 1900. I love old Colonial homes. There are a lot around where I live.

Cari said...

Beautiful pics…thanks for sharing. I would have had the BEEF with the Jamison Whiskey !! Maybe just the Jamison and the crocodile would have been better…LOL !!!

Nonetheless…again, thanks for sharing your vacation pics !!

Margaret said...

Love those houses! Crocodile, huh? Ewww. lol! Bet you didn't do the LOTR tour in NZ. I'd love to do that.

Anonymous said...

I was in NZ a few years ago - now I want to go back

Melissa said...

What a wonderful trip!

I have a friend who has lived in Akaroa but I've never visited yet. What a lovely place. It looks like Hobbiton already even without the hobbit holes!

Thanks for sharing.

Karoline said...

Gorgeous photos, thanks for shareing

Suzanne said...

Thanks for sharing the photos, New Zealand is such a wonderfully beautiful place. I hope to take the family there on a holiday one day.