Sunday, 18 November 2012
18.11.2012 - 18.11.2012
A strong cold wind greeted the sunrise this morning. The city lights were not as spectacular this morning and the clouds contained the threat of more rain to come.
After breakfast we headed off to find the InerLink bus stop and bought an All-Day ticket and travelled on the Green Bus to Newmarket - a significant shopping district where we switched to the OuterLink route where we travelled on the Yellow Bus to Mount Eden Village. From the village we walked up to the rim of Mount Eden - and were almost blown down the other side. The wind was fierce and the views were spectacular. From this vantage point we could see both sides of the peninsula.
Back down from the mountain and we catch the Yellow Bus back to the Museum in the Domain where we unwittingly paid for a Maori Cultural show. Just happens to be the same group and almost identical show to the one we watched aboard last night. The Museum deserved more than the two hours we spent there.
Also in the Domain was the Wintergardens, consisting of two glass-houses containing an amazing collection of flowering plants both temperate in one house and tropical in the other. On the way back to the bus stop we passed by the Cenotaph. I was most impressed by the words etched into the black marble border "This is holy ground, step not unto it except in reverence". A great sentiment but unfortunately totally ignored by many of the visitors.
Back on the Green Bus to the wharf precinct and back on board before 1300. By this time we were both starting to wilt. We're looking forward to some sea days so that we can recover. So far we've dodged the threatening rain. All Aboard at 1645 and due to depart at 1700.
With a final shower to see us off, we sailed away at 1705 being fare welled by a pair of tugboats pirouetting as only they can.
An excellent dinner once again and my favourite main course, braised lamb shank, except that it is the size of an emu's drumstick. Moist and succulent and barely holding together.
Tonight's show featured the 'Aussie Boys', three clean-cut young men with magnificent voices, if they stayed with the singing and ditched the clowning around they'd be a great act IMO.