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Edmonds Band Rotunda
Favorite thing: The Edmonds Band Rotunda was donated to Christchurch by Thomas Edmonds and was opened on 11 Nov. 1929. It is the location of many events including a few free concerts and was converted to a restaurant in 1989. In the late 1980's it was a very chic place to go for lunch serving very nice french cuisine. Currently it is listed as Retour Restaurant and still serves french style food. Very well rated too!
The Rotunda is located near the corner of Manchester St & Cambridge Tce and looks over the Avon River near the middle of town.
Christchurch from the air
Favorite thing: Christchurch is a very flat city. You get a real sense of this from the air when you are on your way out. The city is squished up against the port hills with homes covering much of their lower slopes. There are two main beaches being Brighton and Sumner with Sumner by far the nicer of the two. There's also Taylor's Mistake over the hill from Sumner. The airport is at the North of the city and in the foreground of the photo. Hagley Park is in the middle of the city and can be seen as the expance of land in front of the lighter coloured buildings in the centre of the photo.
New Regent St, early in the morning
Favorite thing: New Regent St has been upgraded and is a very nice spot to stop and take a break. There is a Tram stop here so you can get off & back on again if you are doing the tram circuit.
The street has a Spanish feel to the architecture with the balconies very similar to those that you would find in the small side streets of Barcelona. Some shops have flowers hanging from their 2nd floor balcony adding to the flair of the street.
There are several cafes, restaurants, a book shop and a beauty shop to mention a few. Of note is 6 Chairs Missing (restaurant) and the Daily Grind for coffee. There is also Little India on one corner and, the hit & miss, Flying Barrito Brothers at the opposite end.
Sculpture inside Anthony Harper Building
Favorite thing: As with most cities there are a number of icons, murals and sculptures hidden in and around Christchurch. All through Hagley Park and the Botanic gardens there are a large number of iconic sculptures and bits of iron and marble worked into fancy shapes. In the middle of town there is everything from carvings within the Bridge of Remembrance to a sculpture outside the Central Fire station in memory of the help the Christchurch Fire boys did to help after the 11 September mess in New York, USA.
Old Girl's High School
Favorite thing: The original Christchurch Girls' High School was opened on 13 Sept. 1877 and originally occupied a building on the corner of Hereford Street and Rolleston Avenue. In 1878 plans were submitted for a new building in Cranmer Square and in late 1881 the new building was opened. Extensions were made along Armagh Street and along Montreal Street over a period of 40 or so years. The school is the second oldest girls’ secondary school in New Zealand.
Girls' High moved to a new site in Deans Avenue, Riccarton, in mid 1986, with the official opening on 10 Nov. 1986. The Cranmer Square building, which you see if ther photo, was bought by the Arts Centre in July 2001. The first building in Hereford Street became the School of Art until it moved to Ilam in 1957. It was then used as an extension to the University Library until the whole University moved to Ilam, when it became part of the Arts Centre of Christchurch.
Bridge of Remembrance
Favorite thing: The bridge of Remebrance is just that, a momument to all soldiers who went to war in the various theatres of war last centuary. This includes both World Wars won by the British with the help of our little island nation and our close neighbours, Australia.
No matter what goes on in our world, the stupidity of some nations continues to confound logic and we end up with this sort of monument. A nice piece of architecture but for all the wrong reasons.
25 April is ANZAC day in both New Zealand and Australia and it allows us all to remember the committment of soldiers sent "over the top" by the British as shock troops, many never to return home. Lest we forget!!
After - looking GOOD
Favorite thing: The City Council have really gotten their act together in Christchurch in recent years and we now have good transportation in the upgraded bus service plus a great approach to keeping Christchurch clean. A great example of this is the Fountain area behind the Town Hall. Each week the CCC give the fountains the once over and clean up the whole area. I captured a before an after shot so you can see what a wee bit of love and attention can do for a city's appearance.
Avon river between Hereford & Worcester bridges
Favorite thing: Christchurch has two rivers that go through it with the Avon wandering through its heart. On a sunny day it is fantastic to sit on either the grass or one of many seats and take some time out. There are some nice places in the middle of town plus some beautiful spots to kills some time and built some positive karma in the Botanic Gardens at the end of Wordester Boulevard. The Avon winds its way through town (you follow the river during the Christchurch Marathon) and out past New Brighton to finish in the Estuary near Ferrymead.
BTW, the other river is the Heathcoteand this one, unfortunately, goes through part of the industrial area in Bamford/Woolston so it's rather nasty by the time it gets to the Estuary.
Favorite thing: Travel to Christchurch is great as the weather you get here is normally quite good. With cool but dry winters and warm summers Christchurch is a good place to be. Sometimes the weather doesn't play its part and it can get really cold and wet. It can also snow here but not often though when it does, it is usually quite memorable. If it does get messy, weather wise, there are plenty of places to hold up in and wait out the weather - bars, cafes etc etc.
Outside the Centre
Favorite thing: The Visitors Centre should be one of your first places to go when coming to my fair city. It has heaps of help for the travellor including accommodation finding service, brochures of all the places you want to go in Christchurch plus most of the South Island, bus timetables and it has the entrance to the Aquarium.
Fondest memory: The Centre is located in the South Western corner of the Cathedral Square and can be accessed through the main doors (as you can see in the photo) or via the Wheelchair access to the left as well as access through Hereford St walkway.
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