|The city Christchurch wants to be when it grows up?|
Iceland. Who would've thought such an isolated place could have such an impact on the world?
Based only on a single weekend admittedly, I can't help but think if Vancouver is Wellington 2.0, then Köln is what Christchurch dreams of being. I say Christchurch 'cause both are flat and revolve around a cathedral, but the vibes are similar too, only in Köln everything is bigger and brighter. The buskers are a class above as well, ranging from African acrobatic troupes to Vivaldi playing quintets of strings and accordians (plural).
|The Dom, outside....|
|The chocolate fountain, one of nature's true miracles|
My Saturday evening was spent drinking the local beer, a deceptively delicious lager called Kölsch in the sun, eating quesadas and concluded with a trip to Papa Joe's Jazz Bar. Papa Joe's, a tiny place with a mighty group of geriatric jazz musicians playing, it seems, non-stop. Great place, which brought with it a wave of nostalgia and longing for good times with good friends at the Robbie in Dunedin. Overall, a great city for a weekend, but I suspect a much better place when you're not all on your lonesome.
|By night, a truly beautiful place|