Sunday morning dawned bright and sunny, and we headed towards
’s waterfront for the second day of the Dragon Boat Festival. On the way down Wellington Cuba Street we were accosted by a chap with a camera who told us he was photographing people at the bucket fountain for use in a university project. He emailed me the picture:
|By the bucket fountain|
We then continued down to the harbour. Sunday was the schools’ competition day; we found seats in the grandstand at the finishing line, and watched a couple of the races. As we had no particular affiliation, we didn’t stay long, and when they broke for lunch before the finals, we decided to do likewise, and headed for Mac’s Brewbar for a refreshing beer, then wandered along to Capitol, our favourite café of the moment, for a spot of lunch accompanied by a Tuatara beer.
After lunch we took the cable car up to the Botanical Gardens:
We didn’t want to do the whole Botanical Gardens tour, as it's quite steep in places, and any hills that you go down have to be ascended again to get out. So we set off down the road back to The Terrace, which is downhill all the way.
Name And Shame
In the evening, we went down into the CBD to get some dinner. Unfortunately the restaurant that we planned to go to wasn’t open on Sunday (should’ve checked before leaving) so we went round the corner onto the harbour front and ended up in Foxglove, one of the better establishments in that part of town. On the way we had to fight through hordes of people queuing outside the TSB Arena, waiting to see a Lionel Ritchie concert. Foxglove, I’m afraid to say, has joined the far-too-long list of good restaurants in Wellington who can’t seem to get things right; in this case bringing three main courses out, and the fourth ten minutes later. They did, however, take it off the bill…but you’ve got to get these things right, surely?
Anyway, that was pretty much the end of Ma & Pa’s brief sojourn in
. On Monday, they packed up and left and flew to Wellington in the afternoon, for a well-deserved rest. Melbourne