Day Eleven: Then There Were Three

Still in Wellington, and this morning my travel party grew by one friend who arrived from San Francisco. After we got her introduced and then settled in we did what we always do: Hit the streets of Wellington on foot to explore. Again, this will be some random sightings from the walk:

Sticker atop the button you push to get a "WALK" signal at the traffic lights.

Sticker atop the button you push to get a “WALK” signal at the traffic lights.

 

center island koru

center island koru

Expose yourself

Expose yourself

Tennyson Street (this will be important in another city, later in the trip!)

Tennyson Street (this will be important in another city, later in the trip!)

Theosophical Society

Theosophical Society

Looks like Ford's been in NZ for a long time!

Looks like Ford’s been in NZ for a long time!

We wandered back to Cuba Street, and this time found two more book stores to check out, Pegasus Books and Ferret Bookshop:

Pegasus 1

Pegasus 2

Pegasus 3

Ferret 2

Ferret books

From there we went toward the CBD (central business district) for a walk through there on the way to the waterfront.

CBD street scene

CBD street scene

Even the mannequins have wind blown hair! (mine looks just like that unless it's tied back)

Even the mannequins have wind blown hair! (mine looks just like that unless it’s tied back)

I had to send a message to my friend Ken to see what was happening here!

I had to send a message to my friend Ken to see what was happening here!

tilt up 2

He said it's a "tilt-up building". Scary looking, eh?

He said it’s a “tilt-up building”. Scary looking, eh?

Waterfront playground

Waterfront playground

waterfront words

Even in NZ these books and movies have been VERY popular!!

Even in NZ these books and movies have been VERY popular!!

locks on the walkway

locks on the walkway

paddleboard class

waterfront building

Kupe sculpture

Kupe plaque

sad boat christmas tree... in a bucket marked "rubbish"!

sad boat christmas tree… in a bucket marked “rubbish”!

Can you find the sunstar?

Can you find the sunstar?

Cafe Moana...in a horse trailer!!

Cafe Moana…in a horse trailer!!

zebra coffee sign

The goal of the walk was to locate Te Papa so that we could come back down the hill after having a snack and go to the museum, which is open until 9 on Thursdays. Of course while we were there we popped into the cafe for a coffee in order to have enough energy to get back up to Booklover’s B & B where we were staying.

Te Papa from waterfront

Te Papa from waterfront

Te Papa cafe coffee

Te Papa cafe coffee

On the way back we saw this restaurant, which some of you may remember was the name of a very famous restaurant, Hippopotomus on Van Ness Avenue, in San Francisco a long time ago.

hippo and giant girl head

hippopotamus

man mural

Then we spotted this amazing wall of comical sharks…which turn out to have been painted for a VERY good cause, stopping shark finning! And it looks as if, at least in New Zealand, it has been banned.

shark wall 1

shark wall 2

shark wall 3

shark wall 4

shark wall 5

shark wall 6

This is the artist, BMD, who did this mural, as well as the “sausage dog” one that I put on the blog the other day. If you go to his website, click on a sausage dog part to see the rest of the pages.

And there are just a few shots from Te Papa and then the walk home after that. You’re not supposed to take photos inside the museum, which I honestly didn’t see until after I was done upstairs and was outside the gift shop while leaving. Just a couple of iphone snaps.

Te Papa sign

Dental chair (YES, my dentist is reading my blog!)

Dental chair (YES, my dentist is reading my blog!)

dental murder house

dental brush

dental drill sign

dental poster

This is a big part of the book I'm reading, Luminaries

This is a big part of the book I’m reading, Luminaries

gold field map sign

gold fields sign

Paua inlaid guitar.  Took this shot for the  Eldredge brothers!

Paua inlaid guitar.
Took this shot for the Eldredge brothers!

waka sign

waka

Where do kiwis come from?

Where do kiwis come from?

China!

China!

butter boxes

diary truck

whare

stained glass window

airplane

Remember the shuttle driver's story?

Remember the shuttle driver’s story?

From the walk back after the museum:

kiwi atop metal pole

So very polite!...

So very polite!…

New World trollies

This Tui camper looks NOTHING like my adorable teardrop back home!!

This Tui camper looks NOTHING like my adorable teardrop back home!!

And that, my friends, was a 17,319 step day!

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One Response to Day Eleven: Then There Were Three

  1. Robert Starkey says:

    Just had to leave a comment on Day 11! Thanks for the walk.

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