Day 24 of our Visit to Australia and New Zealand

January 2nd, 2012

Visited the Octagon, the Public Art Gallery and the Botanic Gardens


rainy day
The few showers that we did run into on this trip did not last long and did not impact our plans. Here we are walking down George Street. We are on our way to visit the Art Gallery and to buy tickets for our trips to the Otago Penninsula and for the Taieri Gorge Railway.
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rainy day
After the Art Gallery, we had lunch at a local Kabob joint at Justin's request. Kabobs seem to be a regular food on our vacations as they are often one of the cheapest forms of calories, protein and flavor.

As I was reviewing this slide, it occurred to me that this was our only meal "out" in Dunedin. We were pretty much into our routine of having simple "eats" in our apartment, especially by this point in our trip.
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Camera fun after lunch. See next image.
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This was taken in panarama mode. Spencer was carefully rolling the bottle.
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In the afternoon, we walked over to the Dunedin Botanic Garden. This herb garden is near the entrance. Justin took this in panarama mode.
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Here is the Winter Garden Glasshouse - we went inside the green house on January 5th. (Link to page about the Glasshouse)
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Walking through the rose garden.
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Lots of gorgeous roses.
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Near the entrance of the Botanic Gardens.
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Excuse me, sir...
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I am pretty sure that this is an amazing tree is a horse chestnut (aesculus hippocastanum / Greece, Albania, Bulgaria / see Wiki).
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The afternoon sun sure looks inviting here - in one of the many grassy areas of the Dunedin Botanic Garden.
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I am making dinner in our apartment and (I'll bet) Peter is wondering how he can help and/or he is hungry. I think this dinner was pork chops and they really were some of the best chops I have ever eaten. The meat was very flavorful - I never thought pork could be so good. In trying to repeat this, I tried a similar dish a couple of days later and it just was not as good, even though the pork was from the same store, cooking method about the same, .... so maybe not ALL of the NZ pigs are more tasty than ours, but I am looking forward to investigating this futher.
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Winding-down with our electronic gadgets. Sometime in Dunedin, I discovered Scrabble for my Kindle. Here I am squinting at the very tiny tiles.
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