One to Grow On

December 7, 2009

City of Sails, not on sale

Filed under: Uncategorized — midway2go @ 1:59 pm

 We spent a few days in Auckland, mostly getting outfitted to head out and see the rest of the country.  It was an electrifying change.  The ferry from Waiheke took us from a subtropical island haven to the largest, most bustling city in New Zealand. We checked into a hostel and set out to explore the town. We pretty much made a bee line straight back to the wharf, to the Ferry Building. Rumor had it the best ice cream in New Zealand was here, at Valentino’s. Fully half their daily offering of gelato was dairy-free (whoo-hoo!), and for the first time ever we had EIGHT choices of sorbet.  Not too shabby.  They have 240 flavors to chose from, and the selection changes daily.  Collectively we had the lemon, peach (wow),  banana, orange, lime, fruits of the forest, passionfruit, melon, and mango.  It took a few days of tasting to be sure, but in the end we voted it the best ice cream we’ve had, ever.  So far, at least!  We have high hopes for Italy.   


Rory can’t decide between lemon, lime, or orange- definately citrus.



not just for ice cream... Sandy, also known as Dola, Esther's mom, recommended the Voyager Museum. It's the maritime museum of New Zealand with hundreds of models of ships and boats, both small and lifesize. They even do harbour tours on a old sailing ship, but we missed that, unfortunately. We did get to climb all over a 150 year old sailing ship set up inside. I was pretty interested in the various examples of Polynesian canoes and outriggers. I had no idea you could do so much with such a simple idea. Incredible to think of the journeys undertaken on 30 feet of wood and only the stars to guide you. The museum shows a short film told from the perspective of a young boy that dramatizes the arrival of Polynesians in New Zealand who became the Maori. Great introduction to this island country. I'm not sure I'd want to cross the Pacific on this.




No, not another night in an airport!  Just trying out the bearths on a sailing ship.   




  1. The sorbets sounded good but the Maritime Museum even better. Rory and Nora did their best to mimic the ship’s figureheads but (thank the Lord) both look far better than their wooden examples.

    Comment by Randy King — December 7, 2009 @ 6:05 pm

  2. Better than lipstick? Nora, is that possible? I suspect all four of you would cross the Pacific in a wooden canoe given the opportunity. Thank you for the photos and the update. Love, Grandma Barbara

    Comment by Grandma Barbara — December 7, 2009 @ 7:30 pm

  3. This is so marvelous, to travel vicariously through your beautiful photographs and well composed journal entries. The children seem to be enjoying this adventure. I keep wondering how you manage to get your luggage along with you, since the children are probably not strong enough to carry their own bags, and for such a long trip, you must be carrying an assortment of outfits. Where do you leave your belongings while you are out on adventures, since you seem to move from place to place? Inquiring minds want to know more. Thank you for sharing your adventures. Ellen

    Comment by Ellen Gald — December 7, 2009 @ 11:51 pm

  4. Beautiful photos

    Comment by Shelly — December 8, 2009 @ 9:05 pm

  5. Beautiful smiles and sparkling eyes–truly warms my heart. And what could be better than wonderful sorbet???

    Comment by Nana — December 9, 2009 @ 12:55 pm

  6. I am enjoying your adventures. The pictures are very interresting. Can’t wait until you get home and talk about them. Love, Grandma Issy

    Comment by Grandma Barbara — December 13, 2009 @ 3:09 pm

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