Auckland, is New Zealand's City Of Sails. Vibrant, cosmopolitan, beautiful weather, excellent night life, great shopping and a harbour frontage to die for. Oh, and a giant, sharp pencil you can jump off!
We lived in South Auckland for several years in the early 70's and couldn't wait to move out! Hated it then. But a recent visit around old haunts, taking in how the once scungy waterfront has been developed and made pedestrian and visitor friendly, has changed our views on our beautiful, largest city. It bubbles with life; going places.
I think what has also helped is being a travel blogger! Yes, it changes how one looks at a place. I found myself slowing down, observing minute detail, imagining how a place should be photographed, checking the light and shadows and how they highlighted each scene, and even taking mental notes in my mind of how each activity or place should be written about.
Hey, we even stopped and allowed ourselves to get wrapped up with all the street performers in action! Trick cyclists, escape artists, jugglers and buskers: the main down town Queen Street was a cabaret of performers! Being there on a weekend during the height of the Rugby World Cup meant the streets were full of supporters proudly dressed in their country's colours, draped in national flags and bursting with welcoming camaraderie!
Amazing what a few beers can do!
We just loved the buzz of Auckland down town in September full of vibrant life and exuding ( yeah I love that word!) goodwill. Not a mugger in sight as is often the case in a main city late at night. We strolled up and down Queen street at various hours of the night and felt welcomed, and at home, such was the goodwill encouraged by the crowds of supporters both local and visitors for the RWC.
We booked a waterfront hotel room to enjoy the view and be able to wander anywhere in the Viaduct Basin area. Sort of reminded us a wee bit of Cape Town's Waterfront!
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