Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Train station, fish market, farmers market

Kia Ora, everyone! Hope you all are well and are enjoying some beginnings of fall. We're headed into spring here, we hope, and have been out and about and getting lots of fresh air ... and fresh food. Two things that are always good. A couple weekends ago we spent a day downtown at the Britomart station and the farmers' market that they have there each Saturday. Walked over through the marinas and to the fish market as well. Had an excellent dinner that night. 

Britomart is Auckland's central hub of all of the local and national trains and also the buses. It's a super cool building plus I am always drawn to transportation centers. Airports, train stations, lines of taxis -- they just always energize me. People coming and going to and from all different places. I love that!

If you look into these things outside, you can see all the way down to the trains. Pretty cool.

This doesn't fit into any of the proper categories of this post, but it goes along with the transportation theme. The Northern Steamship Co. was one of Auckland's founding businesses. 

 The farmers market is just outside the Britomart station and we bought lots of good stuff from local producers, including a ginger syrup that you warm and pour on ice cream. And truly the best bleu cheese that I've ever had the pleasure of tasting. This is another thing that I love: people who are willing to put forth the effort to do something they believe in.

I'm sure the fish market needs no explanation, except that it was interesting to see the different kinds of fish that we've never heard of before. And fyi, NZ is known for its green lipped mussels. They're huge. Dennis loves them but I'm not sure.


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