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Advent calendar post - Day 11. Wellington, NZ

I think if you lived in Wellington for long you'd end up with really good calf muscles, the place is that hilly. And windy. And neither of us were on top of our game on the day we were there so we took things easy. Instead of the tripping about that we'd planned, we caught the cable car up to the top of the hill behind the city then took a long, slow ramble back down again, through the Botanic Gardens.

We had to wait in line for nearly half an hour to board the cable car, due to a cruise ship which had docked earlier that morning. It was worth the wait though, as I don't think either of us had the energy to climb to the top.

View from top - Wellington photo Wellingtonfromcablecartop_zps9e2740a0.jpg
That's what we were looking out over, once we reached the top. You can see the cable car tracks in the foreground.

It was a lovely sunshiny day, perfect for a lazy stroll through the Botanic Gardens.
Garden path W photo Gardenpath_zps562faf1c.jpg

Flowers and path photo Flowersandpath_zps1762db29.jpg

The gardens are truly beautiful, especially the begonia house and the rose garden.
Water lilies 2 W photo waterlilies2_zpsa40003a4.jpg

Path through W photo Paththroughthegardens_zps4ab4f3b8.jpg

There's a cafe next to the Begonia House where we stopped for lunch and a bit of a rest. I'm not often one for photographing my food but this looked so yummy!
Lunch W photo Lunch_zps173254ed.jpg
Moroccan-spiced potato cakes with tomato, spinach and bacon. Delish!

Our path back down the hill led us through a memorial garden:
Memorial garden W photo Memorialgarden_zps22763a5d.jpg
I always think it's a shame when headstones are moved from their original graves, even when the graves are moved as well. Whatever happened to Rest in Peace? Not so peaceful being dug up and transported across the city.

Finally back down into the city streets. This is the Beehive, part of the government buildings in the city:
Beehive photo Beehive_zps4c701596.jpg
Tags: advent, christmas, new zealand

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