I caught the Interislander ferry across from Picton to Wellington to spend a couple of days catching up with friends over there, namely Sarah and Hilaire. It was great to see you both!
Wellington is our capital city and a fantastic place. It’s right by the sea and full of galleries, cafes, and is very vibrant and bustling. Unfortunately the weather can be a bit rubbish and horizonal rain is not uncommon. For this reason it is known as the “windy city”. Luckily when I was there the weather was lovely, although I did get a touch of sunstroke (I am not really a hot climate person – I mean look at me!).
Wellington is really impressive on the public art front. Here is an installation-in-progress in the Botanical Gardens:
The artist is collecting doilies from op shops (charity shops) and decorating the tree with them! Bit more about it over on Sarah’s blog.
I also love this Neil Dawson sculpture. Sarah also posted a cool picture of me balancing it on my finger here. The matching tshirt was pure chance! I should also mention that it is from my favourite eco label, People Tree, as are the handwoven cotton trousers.
Gelato on the waterfront from Kaffee Eis – very, VERY good gelato, the best I’ve had in New Zealand and probably the best since Italy. The next day I went back and sampled the gingernut flavour – yum! Note that Sarah and I are camera twins.
and ended up at the Leondardo da Vinci Machines exhibition, which was also very cool. Leonardo was pretty awesome. In Florence I learned that Leonardo, Michaelangelo, Dante, Machiavelli etc all lived together in the Medici’s palace – what a place and time that would have been! Also, there was no love lost between Leonardo and Michaelangelo, two of the greatest geniuses of all time. I think it would be the perfect subject for a trashy airport novel, and I’m just waiting for my retirement to begin. No one steal my idea!