Today we bid farewell to this long series covering an equally long journey. Along the way you saw Rarotonga in the Cook Islands. You got to see a circumnavigation of Australia. You then viewed another circumnavigation, this time of New Zealand.
My next travel series will be another cruise. That journey originated in the Mediterranean and eventually went transatlantic. But until then I’ll be doing a photo run of sunsets taken here in El Paso, as we’ve had a spectacular series of them over the past several months. Look for a sunset a day over the next several weeks.
After the sunset series I owe my firearms friends some articles as well. Those I’ve yet to decide upon, but I’m leaning toward showing off a pair of classic Russian Mosin-Nagant 91/30 rifles (1938 and 1943)and a Mosin-Nagant M44 carbine (1944). I may throw in a First Look at a Ruger AR-556 MPR that week, or perhaps instead a First Look at a Ruger Mark IV Hunter or SIG P226 Enhanced Elite from2012. Whatever I choose, it’ll be fun. Alas.
At any rate, we’ll be back to travel articles following those sunsets and firearms. I’ll close today’s Fun Photo Friday with this last image of our 2019-2020 Oceania Adventure:
As you may recall, this series was the culmination of actually two separate cruises. The first occurred in early 2019 aboard Majestic Princess. The second began one year later aboard Radiance of the Seas.
But all good things must come to an end, and this series concludes on Friday. Yes, we’re still viewing Auckland, New Zealand this week, but let’s spend some time to talk about food. There are some great places to eat here in Auckland, but our favorite by far was an upscale place overlooking Viaduct Basin. This was a truly delightful discovery called Soul Bar & Bistro. Alas, silly me, we went there after sunset, and I neglected to bring along my camera. But I did snag earlier that day a photo of the outside dining area.
If you’re looking for cheaper fare, walk westbound along Jellicoe Street, in the Wynard Quarter just west of Viaduct Basin. You’ll soon come upon a sign reading Sanford & Sons. Head inside. There you’ll find numerous dining venues (Auckland Fish Market website), and a shared glass enclosed courtyard. It was here that we grabbed a bite for lunch from the Market Seafood Galley.
Market Galley is a delightful place. Here’s sampling of their wares, in a photo from their website:
Here’s a view of a couple who really know how to enjoy the scenery near the marina at Viaduct Basin:
I’ll leave you today with this fun bit of architectural detail.