Napier, New Zealand-is it for you?

I have spent 3 days in Napier aka the Art Deco city of New Zealand. The verdict– I am afraid this wasn’t one for me, but it could be for you!

Napier is beautiful because of man, as opposed to the rest of New Zealand I have seen which is due to nature. Devastated by an earthquake in the 1930’s the city was rebuilt in 1930’s reflecting the Art Deco movement.

The town feels like it has come straight out of a 1930’s beach postcard; with its white docks, black beaches and Art Deco beach front.

Why go? because you are into beautiful architecture, wine tours and/or the Art Deco movement. There are a number of tours that operate, wining tasting at vineyards and lovely restaurants on the beach front (try the Mint).

Why not go? If you want activities and nature Napier isn’t for you. I have loved hiking, rafting, kayaking and mountain biking in New Zealand, this city has none of it. I tell a small lie the city has great paths for cycling, however the views are mixed between ugly factories etc but also some picturesque vineyards.

A final thought–if you are staying in hostels avoid the YHA the atmosphere is dead, try Kiwi Keith’s they were having a great time.

Why I love the slow lane

If you live/ are visiting London then more than likely you will travel around using the underground ‘the tube’. Its a marvelous piece of engineering that connects in essence a bunch of towns to create one of the most amazing cities in the world.

However stop and think about using the slow lane a.k.a. the great London bus. Above this article is a collection of photos I took today on the bus. I am a little obsessed with different types of architecture at the moment and this gives a flavour of what you can see on a London bus.

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