Sunday, 20 October 2013
20.10.2013 - 20.10.2013
Woke to a cold but calm morning and waited for the sunrise on Deck 14. In the semi-dark I became somewhat disoriented as the ship was no longer sailing in a straight line. We were making our approach to Auckland and were berthed at the Queen Street Wharf before the sun finally rose. I also tried some of the other presets on the camera with some interesting results.
We had breakfast and went ashore at about 1000 as it was a Sunday and therefore only a limited number of shops open. Jenny managed to spend a significant amount on a new pair of hiking boots and a piece of jewelry. I took some photos of the historic buildings along the Strand. Attempted a picture of the ship but was frustrated by security fences. The weather was the best it has been in our previous three visits, fantastic !!
Returned to the ship and lunched in the Horizon Court trying the Japanese soup and some baked mussels as an alternative to some of the less healthy offerings that have tempted me in the past. Back to the cabin to write up this story and review my images captured today.
Attended the cultural show in the Theatre and were amazed yet again by the grace of the dancers and the colour of their culture. They are indeed a proud people and are only too happy to tell us about it.
Dinner in the dining room and I tried the Japanese offering, again it was unusual and I had no idea what to expect. I've decided to try it whenever it is offered as there is little likelihood of me eating Japanese cuisine back in Moruya. Went off to the Theatre where a packed house listened to the vocal wonders of the "Platinum Tenors", three New Zealand guys who sang some amazing songs and received a well deserved 'standing ovation'. By far the best show so far on this cruise.
More in a day or two.
My photos are posted each day to http://365project.org/tonydebont/365
Cheers ... Tony