You are following my retrospective tour of New Zealand, a trip we made in December 2011- January 2012. In this post we’ve come back in Auckland City and need to make a small detour … so take a tiny bit of the scenic route back out to the motorway.
Sadly we don’t get to stay long, another visit is necessary to see the sights properly and this visit we have too many other things that have taken priority.
Driving through the central city in early January, the kids spot Christmas decorations on buildings and let out whoops of delight.
Noooo kids this doesn’t mean there are more gifts on the way any time soon. Little Mr. who was six years old when I took these photos still believes in Santa … we will have to see if that lasts until this Christmas as I predict that various classmates might be intent on spilling the beans later in the year.
Needless to say, any glimpse of ”Santa”, even clearly fake ones on the sides of buildings is enough to remind him that Christmas is still in the very recent past and that being on holiday may extend the flow of treats if he’s lucky.
Well, it might score him an ice-cream if he’s good and doesn’t attempt to kill his sister in the back seat but we know he’s dreaming very unrealistically about very large boxes of play mobile (that we have no hope of getting on our suitcases and home) he can definitely dream on!
Our family policy is that since they already get to “double dip” because half of our family celebrates Sint Nicolas at the beginning of December and the other half celebrates Christmas on the 25th, that one large-ish and one smaller gift each at each event is enough, they have more toys already than they need.
We head on out of the city and I catch a few shots out of the car window as we go.
I’m pleased to pass by the Parnell Market (the two photographs of the red brick place with big chimney) but disappointed not to have time to go inside… but the mixture of architectural styles keeps me both happy and busy with my camera.Of course I end up taking mostly photos of the more traditional buildings as they always catch my eye the quickest as we go by.
Regular reader and fellow Foodie blogger Raymund from http://angsarap.net/ lives in this beautiful city and will probably know all the places I passed there off by heart….