Earlier this year during our travels to New Zealand, we came across lots of murals.
Some were just random art works, but a lot of them had been created by Sea Walls – Artists for Oceans. These are projects that bring together internationally renowned artists to paint large scale murals.
Shark Conservation by Freeman White on Raffles/Bower Street in Napier City Council Car Park
Their purpose is not only to highlight the enhance town they are in, but to highlight the beauty of the oceans, and address pressing issues relevant to local and global communities.
In Napier we were lucky enough to find a copy of the map, listing the murals there with a brief description of each, and we followed the map to find many. In Gisborne they had run out of maps, so we found many by chance, others by using Pokemon Go! as many are Pokestops.
We have adjusted my photos to allow for the positions we had to photograph them from, so this has removed a lot of the building and cars around them, so you can see almost their full beauty. However this has possibly diminished their sense of scale.
Some are small paintings on street furniture, or just a couple on a blank wall, while others covered the whole of a car park wall, but I will post them in a random order.
Global warming and Rising sea levels by Carly Ealey, in alleyway by Shed 2 in Lever Street at West Quay, Napier
NZ Marine Animals, by Flox, at the Bach cafe, Marine Parade, Napier
I hope you enjoyed these, but if you get the chance, go to Napier and see them full siz.
So with the wedding celebrations over, we leave Sturbridge and head towards Boston.
As we couldn’t book another night at the lodges, we had arranged an Airbnb in Westborough, not too far from either end.
When I mentioned this to Jenn, she asked ‘Why?’.
We had told the host we thought we would arrive around 17:00, so she had got painters in. But we arrived earlier, so stopped in town for lunch. And as Ian put it ‘You can’t even watch the traffic lights change, as there aren’t any’.
But we had a pleasant pizza and lasagna, and then stopped at a nearby reservoir for a while.
Our Airbnb was a huge rambling old house, full of lovely furniture and decor. Our host, Geraldine was very welcoming, explaining she was going out for that night. Then she mentioned that there was a lodger who had been in the loft for 4.5 years. Oh, not up there all the time, he did come down sometimes!
After some card games to end Ian’s birthday, we all needed some sleep so had an early night.
As we only had the hire car until the afternoon, Kirsty requested we visit Boston Zoo, as zoos are a bit of a family hobby. When we arrived at the zoo there was a marathon being run though the zoo, but a policeman guided us the wrong way up a street and to some parking, and we set off into the zoo.
The first animals we saw were red pandas, a favourite of us all, and they were very active, we we stayed here for a long time.
While this is a fairly small zoo, and some enclosures were rather mean, overall it was good, and we had a good visit. I won’t bore you with yet more animal photos, as I know I have posted a lot before.
One exhibit we got excited about was a kiwi, which Kelsey said must have got lost on it’s way to their wedding.
With car return time looming, we got permission to enter our Boston Airbnb a bit early, so once the cleaners had left, we settled in and Jason returned the car.
We then walked along part of the greenway to Back Bay Fens before deciding we were hungry.
Kirsty and Jason chose The Cheesecake Factory, and as reviews suggested it could be busy we headed there early.
We needn’t have worried, we were seated right away, and presented with a HUGE menu, including dozens of cheesecake options.
I decided to be sensible and leave lots of room for dessert, so chose a delectable small beetroot and avocado salad, but Jason opted for a chicken sandwich – there were two huge battered chicken breasts topped with a bun and chips, and Kirsty chose the burrito – about a foot long. Of course, I helped them out when they couldn’t finish their meals.
I had Key Lime, and we all decided they were heavenly, and were pleasantly surprised by the low cost of the meal, given the huge mouth-watering portions.
So fully fed, we headed back to the apartment, which sadly only had comfortable seating for three, and our bed creaked every time we moved, and the second bed just had a futon mattress. For some odd reason it also only had 1 fork, and 3 knives?
On Monday Kirsty and Jason had a trip to the Sam Adams Brewery, while Ian and I decided to follow the Freedom Trail through Boston, a walk recommended by our guide book. The route is marked by red bricks along the pavements, and takes you to the prominent places in American Independence history.
We started in Boston Public Gardens, where a children’s fun run was taking place – this was Columbus day weekend, so a holiday.
Massachusetts State House
Not the real Cheers
It was a very interesting walk, with lots to see. We stopped in the Haymarket for a bagel for lunch, which we ate in the Rose Kennedy Greenway, then continued over the bridge to USS Constitution museum.
From here we caught the inner harbour ferry across to near the Aquarium.
and continued around the Harborwalk
until we reached the Tea Party Museum.
We then strolled back along the Greenway
and through China town. As Kirsty and Jason were not very hungry, we walked round to Frenchie restaurant, for a light meal, delectable mussels for me and a succulent beef bourguignon for Ian.
And so we reach our final day, but as our flight was early evening, we dropped our bags at a Bagbnb, and caught the ‘T’ railway to Macy’s, where we had to buy some beautiful clothes for my future granddaughter.
Ian and I then followed the South Side walk in our guide book, through the stately houses and elegant streets,
look at the number
then back to the park to see the Make Way for Ducklings statue
We met Kirsty and Jason again, they pointed out that we had seen the fake Cheers bar, the real one was next to the park.
With a couple of hours left, we asked to visit the Mapparium, a huge stained glass globe created in 1935 of the world as it was then, that you can walk through. We were just in time for the next tour, and found it fascinating, noting changes in ‘ownership’ of the planet. Sadly, they don’t allow photos.
Oh, did I mention, we popped into The Cheesecake Factory again, well, it was scrumptious?
And so our time in Boston, and USA came to an end, picked up our bags and set off on the T to the airport, meeting Pete and Jess there.
Thank you to Andy and Kelsey for giving us a wonderful reason to visit, and choosing the best time of year, and to New England for putting on a grand show for us.
Our favourite places were Wilmington (in Part 2) and Boston.