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better late than never 2: Auckland NZ

Continuing with our trip to New Zealand, Nancy and I with our friends Elisha and Mark spent two days in Auckland, the country’s largest city, located on the North Island.

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We stayed at a really wonderful old Victorian B&B, called the Braemar House. Our delightful host, John, gave us great advice on what to see and where to eat around town.

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We spent two days recovering from our jet lag by walking around town, taking a harbor cruise on a historic sailing ship, and checking out the Auckland War Memorial Museum (which was way more than just a war memorial museum :-)

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Not surprisingly, I found a lot to like (and look at very close up!) in the room with historic maps.

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A couple of other noteworthy items: an antique hand-crafted violin, and the flag of New Zealand done in the style of the navigation maps of the Polynesians who originally discovered and settled the islands.

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In this close-up, notice how the artist created it using “found objects” — old folding rulers, bike reflectors, and (I think) buttons or bottlecaps.

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