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Saturday 29 May
Christchurch, New Zealand

Robin Hood lives in Canterbury

I was much better prepared today. I put on my thermals, gloves, scarf, hat, giant jacket and stepped out into the world (with an umbrella i could use after hours of training). And finally discovered some of the English Christchurch everyone has been raving about. The geek in me was unleashed when i stepped inside the Provincial Government Buildings and was astounded by the Neo-Gothic cloisters and chambers within. The Stone Chamber was magnificent and i felt Henry Tudor (or his much more attractive counterpart Jonathon Rhys Meyers) would step out of the antechamber any minute ( I even curtsied - don't worry no one was around). I then visited the Arts Centre, which are a series of shops, artist studios and cafes that are housed in the old Canterbury University buildings. Modelled on Oxford and Cambridge they really are beatiful and were even more so when the sun came out for a brief 5 seconds. I then finished off my visit back to the Middle Ages (via 19th century England) with a viewing of the romp Robin Hood and am now dodging balls being bandied about by some irishman (relax mum they are just juggling hackey sacks in the common room - maybe tomorrow I will have better luck!)

1 Comment for this Travel blog entry

Renata Ficek Says:

1 June

I'm so jealous - there's nothing cool and historical in Ohio, at least not that I've found yet. I do, however, have great plans for visiting my favourite nearby hippie town today.

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