John & Anne Wiley

2017/03/05

Delightful Dunedin

Again celebrating our decision to fly rather than drive, the hop from Christchurch to Dunedin in a smaller airliner flying lower gave us great vistas.

120519 Distant Mt. Cook

120519 Distant Mt. Cook

Too bad cameras don’t capture the beauty we enjoyed, but it was better as we gradually descended.

122946 Hills to Mountains

122946 Hills to Mountains

Soon the hills gave way to flatland, where we saw this TXT message.

123042 TXT to Aircraft

123042 TXT to Aircraft

We took a leisurely and sociable shuttle van to town. The driver and other passenger even let me stop at the small airport on the way to town, but alas no contact with any GA flight prospects. After hotel check-in we set out to explore the city, and were immediately captivated by the many murals.

152406 Consumption Art

152406 Consumption Art

Thinking of food, we checked out the elite Bacchus but they weren’t open so we returned down the hypnotic stairway to snack and stroll instead.

162228 Wooden Stair

162228 Wooden Stair

Māori culture is embraced in New Zealand, as with this bi-lingual sign on a university building.

72148 To Where Wanna To Go

72148 To Where Wanna To Go

My brain refused to pronounce it correctly, perhaps because Dunedin is a city we so wanted to go. The streets are lively, colorful, friendly and fun.

123316 Street Colors

123316 Street Colors

We loved having two nights here that gave us three different days to explore, mostly on foot. In addition to several museums we haunted, a highlight was taking in lots of street art, sculpture, and murals.

124342 Flying To Pieces

124342 Flying To Pieces

Art has an effect on us. As we strolled, art even appeared suddenly at the end of blind alleys.

124447 Lost Art

124447 Lost Art

Before long we were seeing art everywhere, including this wall in earthquake country with a relevant sign.

124922 Fair Warning

124922 Fair Warning

Many of the murals probably have a logical story, but I kinda hope not because they can readily evoke responses far beyond logic and language.

123417 Enigma

123417 Enigma

As you can begin to see from these mercifully “few” examples, our wander took us far into the realm of the muse, where everything is art.

124159 Performance Art

124159 Performance Art

Even everyday directional signs became somewhat metaphoric.

125244 Hope Lies Beneath

125244 Hope Lies Beneath

If you’re not already overwhelmed by all this, here’s a more mundane pic from a different day. The old train station is beautiful inside and out, making it popular with visitors including art-dazed Yanks. 🙂

163834 Train Station

163834 Train Station

One last highlight is this view that enhanced a great and inexpensive meal just a short, scenic and immersive city bus ride up at the Luna Cafe.

133208 Luna Cafe

133208 Luna Cafe

We barely scratched the surface, adding to our itch for a return trip.

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