"Take a heritage walk in Apia." Independant State of Samoa Things to Do Tip by worldkiwi
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I really enjoyed my few days in Apia. Unless it's a public holiday (when the only thing missing from the picture of deserted streets is tumbleweed), this small city is Samoa's bustling capital of about 35000 people.
My Lonely Planet guide recommended a walk along Apia's waterfront to take in some of the heritage of this port city. The walk included Aggie Grey's, the venerable hotel establishment at the east end of town, the beautiful old Court Building (now vacant and looking a little sad), various monuments to missionaries, victims of shipping disasters, and even a mound marking the spot where the German flag was raised over this once far flung colony. The Amau building is a great sight in the town centre and I hope that the locals will preserve it, despite it clearly being privately owned (it's a supermarket). Near the brilliantly tropical looking Amau building is the fine town clock. In front of the large modern blot on the ladscape that cuts Beach Road off from the water (the one with the mock fale on the roof), the flag is raised at 9am on weekday mornings to the accompaniment of the police marching band. When the national anthem is played, everyone on Beach Road stops and stands still. Apparently there is a lowering ceremony at 5pm.
If you don't have the LP guide, stop at the tourist information centre on Beach Road to find out about this walk (there's also a signposted walk map outside).
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