As this was an unexpected extra day in Wellington we had to decide what to do with it. One thing was clear E had to go to work and had social engagements in the evening So we had to discover Wellington on our own. We did not mind. We already had made reservations for lunch at Martin Bosley’s. So we decided to sleep in that morning and then went into town and had a coffee in a cafe, then it was lunchtime already. It took us a little time to find the place, but it helps greatly of you check the right side of the road. We were happy to be inside as it was a rainy day. We both had Snapper for lunch. Snapper is a lovely local white fish. Both had the Snapper grilled. I had crab risotto and coconut milk pannacotta. So had it with squid and inkgnocchi. We had Bluff oysters for starters and we loved our meal. The oysters (as with the Clevedon oytsers) are much more meaty than the oysters we are used to at home. I have to say I prefer these big time!
After we rolled ourselves out of the restaurant (stuffed and all) we went up to the cable cart. The cable cart takes you up to the top of the hill to the Botanical gardens, In the gardens there is a wee surprise: Carter Observatory, our destination of the day. A great exhibition, lots of film and sound and SO was totally enthralled when he saw the beautiful old Cook telescope. I think he took about 20 pictures of it . We also went to see the movie in the Dome. Here you see the constellations as they are in the southern hemisphere and learn a bit more about astronomy. Of course they show a rocket launch, but not a NASA one, it was an ESA one, hence countdown in French instead of English.
Afterward we walked through the gardens seeing the sculptures. We walked down the hill to the city. A nice walk but rather steep. We had a snack on our way home and then went to E’s place. We had a nice chat with her flatmate. He’s an artist and he showed us his work. The off to bed early as we had an early start to catch a boat in the morning.