Exploring Dunedin

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We started the day slowly and gently, returning to one Nova where we had a late lunch yesterday.  It’s got a funky vibe and exceptional food.  I was introduced to a new concept in tea brewing.  In this beautiful little box are two sections, one for tea to brew in a pot and then a second section which you’d add to the first leaves, refresh with additional boiling water, and enjoy.  Enchanting!  I bought a nice selection, so come have a tea party with me!

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Nova is attached to the Dunedin Public Art Gallery which is a magnificently varied collection of pieces from Monet to ultra-modern.  We spent a lovely hour or so just browsing.

One of my favorites was this entire wall installation of Buddhist ribbons with fair trade bells.  Headphones were available to listen to a calming chant of Om Mani Padme Hum, intended to clear energy to manifest one’s magnifence.  I listened for quite some time!

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Dunedin is known for being one of the best preserved Victorian and Edwardian cities in the S. Hemisphere.  We see high rise offices sitting right beside beautiful churches and old architecture.

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The railway station is magnificent and is the most photographed structure in the country.

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Tile work and stained glass adorn the interior.

We’re loving hearing the “Englishisms” from our bygone days of living in Bristol, England.  I can easily order a cuppa tea with milk and raise no eyebrows.  In two days we’ve had recommendations for pubs, restaurants, places to avoid, places we shouldn’t miss. . .all from folks who overheard our American accents and wanted to be helpful.

And our post-dinner entertainment,when we turned on the Telly. . .

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Basil Fawlty himself!

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    • MARTY…today was downright cold. But keep in mind that by the time we meet you we’ll be on the warmer North Island, and by the time you get to the south, it should be more summery. They’re saying that summer is arriving very late here, so much so that 3 cruises haven’t come here in the past few weeks. I was glad today for a hooded fleece, and two layers underneath, along with wool socks. Locals are walking around in shorts and flip flops!!

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