Day Ten, part 1: Walking Wellington!!

This post might take me a while to get posted. Sorry for the delay!! I took a lot of photos and it’ll take a bit to get them all on. From the time we walked down the hill in the morning after breakfast until the time we left for a night tour (that will be the part 2 of today’s post) I clocked 16,132 steps– which at least balanced me out with the day before’s piddly little 6000-ish ones! Here we go, photos photos photos:

Down the hill to town!

Down the hill to town!

Another Brogham Street! My friend Darryl says it's pronounced Bro-im , im as in vim not I'm  Thanks D!

Another Brogham Street!
My friend Darryl says it’s pronounced “Bro-im , im as in vim not I’m” Thanks D!

Wellington has a lot of murals and funny signs and some darn weird shop names…

Really?! They make babies here?

Really?! They make babies here?

Lend us a hand, eh?

Lend us a hand, eh?

panelbeating = bodyshop

panelbeating = bodyshop

sausage dog mural

A bit of stating the obvious.

A bit of stating the obvious.

And now for my first trip into a Wellington bookshop, Arty Bees Books! This place was pretty large for a used book store. I bought two books, both kids titles. One was a collection of NZ kids stories called The Great Pavlova Cover Up. The other was a Gregory Maguire book called Seven Spiders Spinning that has fantastic illustrations by Dirk Zimmer. (the link is the current paperback edition from Harper. I bought a 1st edition hardcover.)

Arty Bees Books

Arty Bees Books

Arty Bees entryway

Arty Bees logo

Cuba Street

Cuba Street

Cuba Street sign

Che on Cuba Street

Che on Cuba Street

Cuba Street umbrella

Cuba Street umbrella

Beauty Lies

Flight Cafe counter

Flight Cafe counter

Flight Cafe flat white

Flight Cafe flat white

Remember the story the shuttle driver told about his older brothers and The Beatles? This is the hotel that it took place at:

Hotel St. George

Hotel St. George

KFC…full of real "bitz"?! What in the heck is a bitz?

KFC…full of real “bitz”?!
What in the heck is a bitz?

Tripod sculpture

Tripod, done by Weta Workshop

Tripod, done by Weta Workshop

Barking Lot Doggy Day Care & Grooming

Barking Lot
Doggy Day Care & Grooming

Dog restrictions. Keep 'em moving in the CBD and pick up that mess!!

Dog restrictions. Keep ’em moving in the CBD and pick up that mess!!

man and dog sculpture

Invisible City sculpture

Invisible City sculpture

Invisible City plaque

Wellington Cable Car map

Wellington Cable Car map

cable car station

cable car station

...with cable car!

…with cable car!

cable car tracks partway up

View from the top of the cable car line.

View from the top of the cable car line.

As it turns out, and I should have realized this, once you’re up at the top of the hill, courtesy of the cable car, everything you want to see is back down from there. So off we went… Passed an interesting sculpture called Body to Soul on the way down to the rose garden. My friend Darryl does these puzzles pretty well, but I’m terrible at them. You start with a word and have an end “target” word. In this case, the starter word is BODY and the end is SOUL. From the start word you change ONE letter to make another real word. Then from there you change one letter to make another real word, until you’ve changed letters / words all the way to the end. Simple, right? Well, my brain just doesn’t go that way– but this sculptor’s did. So here it is. If you want to see if you can figure it out on your own before checking it then stop here until you’re done with the puzzle.

BODY

BODY

BONY

BONY

BOND

BOND

BEND

BEND

SEND

SEND

SEED

SEED

SEER

SEER

SEAR

SEAR

SOAR

SOAR

SOUR

SOUR

SOUL

SOUL

To to bottom overview

To to bottom overview

body to soul plaque

looking down to the rose garden

looking down to the rose garden

Find the duck!!

Find the duck!!

rose

duckling

There is a Begonia House (hothouse) that had a lot of tropical things in it:

begonia house 1

begonia house 2

begonia house 3

donation weta at the begonia house

donation weta at the begonia house

After leaving the area where the rose garden and begonias / hothouse were we had to walk all the way back up to the top of the botanical gardens in order to take the cable car back down the hill. It seemed silly, but we’d bought round trip tickets and we were not on the proper side of the park to just bail and walk back to where we needed to pick up the rental car. At least there were a couple of cool gardens on the route we took back up!

herb garden path

hydrangeas 2

hydrangeas

And now for some really random things we spotted along and over and throughout the city during the day:

Santa's lap

These people must know the grapes for dinner people in Hokitika!

These people must know the grapes for dinner people in Hokitika!

NZ spelling differs a bit from ours...

NZ spelling differs a bit from ours…

This sculpture spun slowly in the breeze.

This sculpture spun slowly in the breeze.

Sea Shanties? This one's for Linda in Phoenix!

Sea Shanties? This one’s for Linda in Phoenix!

Good People Drink Good Beer

There is no escaping McDonalds, even all the way over here. They have brought the Georgie Pie back on the menu, which was a big deal (for some people. Not me I didn’t set foot in the place!)

McDonald's features a Georgie Pie.

McDonald’s features a Georgie Pie.

Get this: Wellington’s new drinking / liquor sale hours just came into effect on 18 December. They are SHORTER than they used to be: Bars must stop serving alcohol at 4 a.m., and liquor stores cannot sell any from 11 pm to 7 am. Guess drinking is a problem with Wellington’s huge, and young, population. Personally, I can tell you that the only reason I’m EVER awake at 4 a.m., and it’s not all that rare, is because I wake up really early most mornings. No danger of me being kicked out of any bars any time in the near future!

4 a.m. How Are You Getting Home?

4 a.m. How Are You Getting Home?

We picked up a new rental car and brought it back up the hill to hang out for a while before we left to drive to Zealandia. [see the next short post for that part of the day/night.]

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3 Responses to Day Ten, part 1: Walking Wellington!!

  1. Gretchen says:

    I heart public art.

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