Tuesday, May 1, 2007

South Island Picture Time- Part VII (Christchurch)

Last section of pictures, discussed earlier here. Please keep in mind that Christchurch is well-known as "more British than Britain," and if you've ever been there you'll know what I mean...

The view of the main square in Christchurch from the steps of the cathedral. Cool little place (albeit deserted on Saturday morning), they even had a giant chess set set up in part of it.
Christchurch Cathedral is the focus in the center of the city, and really is one of the prettiest churches you will ever come accross.
View on the inside of the church, including the rose window. There were a lot of cool little things in this church, honestly, from old British flags to a few Maori designs.
Cable car! Too bad it's rediculously expensive to ride on it, as the car's mainly for tourists and just does a very non-useful loop of the inner city.
A rather humorous sculpture in the Christchurch Art Gallery, which is just a few years old but nonetheless a great way to spend an hour or two. I think the artist was trying to talk about the Disnification of wild animals by the way... or something...
View of the crafts market that we stopped at. Not to be confused with the two other markets we stopped at on Saturday.
What is known as the Peacock Fountain in the Botanical Gardens. I'm pretty sure we can all agree where the name came from.
Lots of pretty flowers still in bloom, despite it being fall...

By the way, one of the coolest things I've heard about Christchurch is how in springtime the part of the Botanical Gardens that lines the Avon is home to several hundred thousand blooming daffodils. Perhaps I've spent too many years counting the motley hundreds in my mother's garden back home, but I think this is a grand idea.
A close-up of a pretty rose in the rose garden.
What good would a (fake) British city be like without a prominent statue to Queen Victoria? Please note that just to the right of this statue is a distinctive red telephone box with the crown etched on it, the kind you don't really ever see outside Britain. I guess if you're going for the illusion you may as well go all the way.
Fairy penguins! No they do not wander around Christchurch (though that would be pretty cool), and instead I went off and visited the Antarctic Centre on Saturday while waiting for my flight. They have a fairy penguin conservation area there for penguins in New Zealand that can't make it in the wild for one reason or another, and they are just adorable.
Penguins swimming during feeding time. They really are suprisingly quick, considering the size of their wings...
Me hanging out in the "blizzard room" in the center a few minutes before the simulated storm hit. Basically, they run the storm for a few minutes, which is sufficiently short to not give you frostbite but sufficiently long for you to know that you never want to live through an Antarctic blizzard.
The official rules of golf at Scott base, per the bulletin board in the life-size replica. I realize you need to zoom in to read them but they really are funny...

By the way as someone asked, yes, there is a nice little picture and caption of BOOMERANG in one of the display cases, much to my excitement. I guess the CWRU Physics Department leaves its mark in interesting places!

1 comments:

Emily J said...

Wow, those golf rules are awesome...