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Crazy things.

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The market place restaurant was great, it is a really good concept but the only problem is you eat way too much because you want to eat something that each of the 4 chefs has prepared and there is the dessert bar. It is a very social and relaxed atmosphere as everyone walks around and the staff are clearly trained to interact and get everyone talking about the food. They were really keen for us to try some wines too but I made it very clear no more wine for me.....today.
We had expected according to the long day forecast that our day of departure would be overcast with drizzle but we opened the curtains to our snow capped Alps and blue skies. We forced ourselves to pack up and check out, at least we still had one more day here. After over eating at dinner and because we had something specific planned for lunch Rob decided a toasted sandwich was in order. Easier said than done toasted sandwiches are not readily available. Plenty of cafes had toast, bagels, foccacias and paninis but the good old toasted sanga was nowhere to be seen. An hour later after several suggestions from a very patient wife dealing with a hangry husband I spotted a bakery with fresh sandwiches and said I am sure they will toast them if we ask. Thank goodness the lovely ladies at the Queenstown bakery were happy to oblige. More wandering around the shops and I convinced Rob to have a massage. You know its not hopeful when you walk into one of those massage places and without even coming out from the curtain they say "you want massage you come back one hour". No writing your name down, nothing. We sat on the wharf in the sun watching all the boats come and go. We go back to massage place and from behind the curtain " we very busy not today thankyou". The toasted sandwich now this. Lets not storm off back to the car there must be heaps of places for all the injured skiiers and adventurers to go. There it was the one that could provide a madsage immediately, down a tiny back lane up some narrow stairs, yep see you in an hour.
A very relaxed and happy Rob emerged an hour and a half later because she said everything "very tight." Next stop Fergburgers for lunch. We had noticed on both our visits to Queenstown that there was one eatery that always had a queue that spilled out onto the street no matter what time of the night or day. At first we thought must be trendy for some reason or maybe really cheap for backpackers, but on closer inspection there were people of all ages and cultures lined up for a burger. So because of our FOMO we had to try one. I am not a massive burger fan and we only ordered the very basic one they were really good. I suppose when they offer you a choice of 4 different cheeses including brie you know they are trying hard. It must be making someone alot of money.
Okay what now, back to the Bee Centre for some final purchases and then Rob suggested we drive the 15km to Arrowtown for a coffee just because it is such a beautiful spot. Rob suggested I decide coffee or wine and beer. The sun was shining our table was outside in a pretty spot so coffee seemed a waste and when I looked at the drinks list I noticed there was a Pinot Gris from a Winery called Wet Jacket. We had driven past this winery at some stage and I commented how much I loved the name and how beautiful the location was, shame we don't have time to stop. So it was meant to be my last wine in NZ would be a Wet Jacket one. It is the best Pinot Gris I have ever had so next stop Arrowtown liquor store. Sorry Greg only makes wines for restaurants and bars he doesn't provide them to bottle shops and supermarkets but his winery isn't far from here. Nevermind no time and no space in our luggage. We will be back!
NZ likes to be a bit quirky and they are good at it. Fancy calling Baby Chinos "fluffies" and speed humps "Judder bars" and having gates manned by children that actually close the road so that no cars can enter when school is out! Crazy and yet often very clever too.
Time to head home. Xx

Posted by Darlene Elder 23:07 Archived in New Zealand

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