Avon River. I often visit a place and can sense things I can't explain with words.
I didn't recognize the Christchurch that I saw recently. I felt lost and unsettled, half wondering if we were in the right place. The river didn't change much physically but it is definitely not the same vibrant river that I saw in 2007, before the big earthquake in 2011 that damaged the city and lost 185 of its residents. We recently visited different places that meant something to Yohann and I. However, sadly, those buildings were marked uninhabitable and are due for demolition or reconstruction. Despite the face lift and new buildings, I can still feel a dark and a melancholic atmosphere that seems to envelop the city center no matter how stunning it looks on the surface. On the contrary, the charming suburban areas outside the center exude a more positive vibe. We were happy to have stayed around that area. .
Day 19: We drove 60 kilometers through meandering hilly roads and steep slopes from Wanaka to Queenstown. A photographer's playground. The view is surreal and otherworldly but it's not possible to capture them since there is no stopping in between except for shoulders like this one.
Day 18: It's chill out day today. Just a leisurely stroll along Lake Wanaka and the town center.
Restaurants, bars and cafes, filled to the brim with vacationers bordered the lakefront. Lakeview apartments sprawled all over the suburban hills with plenty of bicycle and pedestrian paths to enjoy the landscape. The temperature outside is an ambient 24 degrees Celsius. Just perfect.
"Look deep into nature and you will understand everything better." - Albert Einstein
This quote was posted on the wooden railing that can be found here. Reflection Island, Lake Matheson.
The lake frames the peaks of Mt. Tasman on the left and Mount Cook on the right.