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Another very restless night being uncomfortable from a way too soft bed and a way too big pillow.

So the plan for today was going to be Te Papa in the morning, and me to entertain myself in the afternoon while Stu worked on his essay.

But I looked at the weather forecast which said it would be cloudy in the morning with rain in the afternoon. So I said I'd go do my own thing in the morning while Stu did his essay, then we'd go to a museum in the afternoon.

So I had cereal in the hotel, then headed out around 9am. Stu had found an Art Deco walking tour, which passed by about thirty art deco buildings in Wellington. So I walked. And walked. And walked. Fifteen and a half thousand steps by 1pm. Whoops.

Tripod sculpture outside the Embassy Theatre
Tripod sculpture outside the Embassy Theatre

Central Fire Station on Kent Terrace
Central Fire Station on Kent Terrace

James Smiths Corner building on Cuba Street
James Smiths Corner building on Cuba Street

Wellington Free Ambulance building on Cable Street
Wellington Free Ambulance building on Cable Street

Hotel Waterloo on Waterloo Quay
Hotel Waterloo on Waterloo Quay

Wellington Railway Station
Wellington Railway Station

Sculpture sign of Wellington Railway Station
Sculpture sign of Wellington Railway Station

Sculpture sign of Bunny Street
Sculpture sign of Bunny Street

The Beehive
The Beehive

New Zealand Parliament
New Zealand Parliament

Parliamentary Library
Parliamentary Library

National Library
National Library

St Paul's Cathedral
St Paul's Cathedral

Inside St Paul's Cathedral
Inside St Paul's Cathedral

Sculpture sign of Plimmer Steps
Sculpture sign of Plimmer Steps

Met up with Stu at Espressoholic and then we went and got some sushi for lunch.

Collapsed for a while in the hotel and I had a shower because I was pretty sticky.

Because my feet were so sore I suggested we go to the War Memorial instead of Te Papa, so that's what we did.

Stu next to a mural in an alley off Hopper Street
Stu next to a mural in an alley off Hopper Street

We went in and saw the Great War Exhibition, which was pretty good, and easy to follow round in a set course without missing anything. We also had a look at the Anzac Gallipoli exhibition which was mostly just photos and info boards, with a couple of deviations off the main course which stress me in museums.

National War Memorial
National War Memorial

Fountain at the National War Memorial
Fountain at the National War Memorial

Richard Alexander Henderson and his Donkey sculpture outside the National War Memorial - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Alexander_Henderson
Richard Alexander Henderson and his Donkey sculpture outside the National War Memorial

Inside the National War Memorial
Inside the National War Memorial

Inside the National War Memorial.  All the flowers were still fresh from Anzac Day just two days before
Inside the National War Memorial. All the flowers were still fresh from Anzac Day just two days before

Museum housing The Great War Exhibition
Museum housing The Great War Exhibition

Different soldiers' hats in the Great War Exhibition
Different soldiers' hats in the Great War Exhibition

Diorama of trench warfare in the Great War Exhibition
Diorama of trench warfare in the Great War Exhibition

Machine gun with periscope in the Great War Exhibition
Machine gun with periscope in the Great War Exhibition

One-third scale model of the Bruno gun, an ex-battleship gun, captured by the Australians in 1918.  The barrel of this gun is currently at the War Memorial in Canberra
One-third scale model of the Bruno gun, an ex-battleship gun, captured by the Australians in 1918. The barrel of this gun is currently at the War Memorial in Canberra

Left a bit after 5pm and went to The Third Eye in search of beer. Found some (there were fourteen of theirs on tap!) which was quite nice.

Fourteen locally brewed beers on tap at Tuatara Brewery on Arthur Street
Fourteen locally brewed beers on tap at Tuatara Brewery on Arthur Street

Just for fun, today I got photos of three of the different stop/go pedestrian lights around Wellington.  As well as the normal walky man and an animated one, I saw at least three other different kinds.  There's probably more I don't know about!

Sexy lady traffic light, Cuba Street
Sexy lady traffic light, Cuba Street

Old lady traffic light, Waterloo Quay
Old lady traffic light, Waterloo Quay

Soldier traffic light, near the War Memorial
Soldier traffic light, near the War Memorial

Then went looking for dinner. Stu wanted Malaysian so we went to Rasa. I didn't want to stay because the only free table was right next to the door - in fact you couldn't even open the door fully without hitting the chair. They said they'd move us when a table freed up, but it was just as stressful with people pushing past. Really wasn't happy but Stu wanted to stay so we did. The food was actually pretty decent. Had some satay chicken sticks, a beef rendang and another satay chicken dish, with garlic roti and coconut rice.

Then back to the hotel by 7:30pm and wondering what to do all evening. Read my book for a while and checked into our flight and blogged but I still think I'll have an early night.

Took ages to get to sleep last night. Didn't help that the pillow was way too big and the bed a bit soft. Temperature at least was controllable with the doona cover not being sealed so could push the blankets back.

Woke up at relatively normal time, even though actually two hours early. Got up after a while and got ready then paced while waiting for Stu to get up heh.

Headed out for breakfast. Ended up at Fidel's cafe with a bit of a Cuban theme. I had eggs benedict which wasn't too bad and Stu had waffles with bacon and banana.

Then started walking.

The famous bucket fountain in Cuba Street
The famous bucket fountain in Cuba Street

We headed for Mount Victoria. While we were on Courtenay Place I saw a bus stop that said route 20 - Mount Victoria. So we looked up a timetable and one was due in a few minutes. So instead of walking to the top we took a bus :)

The view at the top was spectacular. We had such an amazing day for it. Stayed there for a while and watched a bunch of planes take off and land.

View of Wellington from Mount Victoria
View of Wellington from Mount Victoria

View of Wellington from Mount Victoria
View of Wellington from Mount Victoria

The sweetie and I at Mount Victoria on our anniversary
The sweetie and I at Mount Victoria on our anniversary

Wellington Airport from Mount Victoria
Wellington Airport from Mount Victoria

Wellington Railway Station from Mount Victoria
Wellington Railway Station from Mount Victoria

View of Wellington from Mount Victoria
View of Wellington from Mount Victoria

Walked up to the other lookout a little ways north, but its view wasn't as good.

Wellington from the northern lookout
Wellington from the northern lookout

Then started walking down. It was a bit steep in places, and very pretty in others.

Wellington Airport through the trees from a point just below the main lookout
Wellington Airport through the trees from a point just below the main lookout

We enjoyed the pretty walk through the trees on the Southern Walkway on Mount Victoria
We enjoyed the pretty walk through the trees on the Southern Walkway on Mount Victoria

Stu on the Southern Walkway on Mount Victoria
Stu on the Southern Walkway on Mount Victoria

Spectacular house at 34 Lookout Road, Roseneath, Wellington
Spectacular house at 34 Lookout Road, Roseneath, Wellington

Lower part of the Southern Walkway, just north of Palliser Road
Lower part of the Southern Walkway, just north of Palliser Road

Pretty flower on the Southern Walkway
Pretty flower on the Southern Walkway

Took quite a while all up, but eventually ended up down at the waterfront.

Oriental Bay
Oriental Bay

Oriental Bay
Oriental Bay

Meandered back towards the city.

The Tail of the Whale sculpture by Colin Webster-Watson
The Tail of the Whale sculpture by Colin Webster-Watson

Passed a boat that had been converted into a restaurant and I said maybe we could have dinner there. Stu said we could have lunch. So we did! Got cheesy loaded fries, and salt and pepper squid. Yum.

Boat Cafe
Boat Cafe

Enjoying a refreshing beverage in the Boat Cafe
Enjoying a refreshing beverage in the Boat Cafe

Our anniversary lunch - loaded fries with cheese, bacon, fresh herb gravy, and salt and pepper squid
Our anniversary lunch - loaded fries with cheese, bacon, fresh herb gravy, and salt and pepper squid

Then kept on walking kept on walking.

Stu in front of the boat sheds
Stu in front of the boat sheds

St Gerard's Catholic Church and Monastery
St Gerard's Catholic Church and Monastery

Colourful boat sheds on Oriental Parade
Colourful boat sheds on Oriental Parade

Marina on Oriental Parade
Marina on Oriental Parade

Young gull by the waterside
Young gull by the waterside

Police boat cruising into the marina
Police boat cruising into the marina

Te Papa museum
Te Papa museum

Random piano setup in the street that anyone could play
Random piano setup in the street that anyone could play

Wellington Harbour
Wellington Harbour

Te Papa museum and Wellington Harbour
Te Papa museum and Wellington Harbour

Eventually ended up at the bottom of the cable car, and got tickets to go up ($7.50 each return). It was certainly not as chaotic as the Peak Tram!

Sculpture sign for the Cable Car
Sculpture sign for the Cable Car

Wellington Cable Car arriving at the bottom station
Wellington Cable Car arriving at the bottom station

Stu watching the light show on the Cable Car
Stu watching the light show on the Cable Car

At the top we had a bit of a wander to look at the view, and had a beer, and looked through the Cable Car Museum

Stu and Kaz and the view at the top of the Cable Car
Stu and Kaz and the view at the top of the Cable Car

Wellington from the top of the Cable Car
Wellington from the top of the Cable Car

Old cable car in the Cable Car Museum
Old cable car in the Cable Car Museum

Stu on an old cable car in the Cable Car Museum
Stu on an old cable car in the Cable Car Museum

Wellington Cable Car
Wellington Cable Car

Wellington Cable Car and view of Wellington
Wellington Cable Car and view of Wellington

Then headed down again.

Sculpture in the alley to the Plimmer Steps
Sculpture in the alley to the Plimmer Steps

Picked up some supplies in Countdown (aka Woolworths) then headed back to the hotel.

Fifteen and a half thousand steps later.. No wonder our everything hurt!

Crashed for a while in the hotel and had showers to freshen up.

Headed out for dinner to the Noble Rot wine bar. Had a couple of glasses of wine while waiting for a table for dinner. Eventually one freed up. Stu got duck and I got venison with osso bucco. Both were amazing, a really good meal. A late but very pleasant evening to celebrate our tenth wedding anniversary.

Stu enjoying a Pinot Noir at Noble Rot Wine Bar
Stu enjoying a Pinot Noir at Noble Rot Wine Bar

Bread and chorizo they gave us because we were having such a long wait for a table
Bread and chorizo they gave us because we were having such a long wait for a table

The bottle of Quartz Reef Pinot Noir we enjoyed with dinner
The bottle of Quartz Reef Pinot Noir we enjoyed with dinner

The sweetie had Easterbrook Farm Duck Breast with Endive, Mushrooms, Quince, Dashi
The sweetie had Easterbrook Farm Duck Breast with Endive, Mushrooms, Quince, Dashi

I had Silver Fern Farm Venison Denver Leg with Osso Bucco, Parsnip, Pear, Vanilla Onions, Preserved Stone Fruit, Confit Carrot
I had Silver Fern Farm Venison Denver Leg with Osso Bucco, Parsnip, Pear, Vanilla Onions, Preserved Stone Fruit, Confit Carrot

Accompanying dinner was a lovely salad with goats cheese
Accompanying dinner was a lovely salad with goats cheese

We tried a couple of the truffles
We tried a couple of the truffles

Our flight was at a very civilised 10:55am, so got up at normal time (well I did heh) and we left home around 9am (thanks to Pete for the lift!).

Security and immigration was all very painless (hey, it's Canberra!) and then we sat around in the international terminal for three quarters of an hour.

The sweetie and I on the plane
The sweetie and I on the plane

Boarded around 10:30 and was instantly disappointed - my window was all scratched up and pretty much impossible to photograph out of :(:(:(

Scratched up window on the plane :(
Scratched up window on the plane :(

Even more disappointing was not being able to document the amazing flight path we had out of Canberra - taking off to the north, then banking left all around the city, flying to the south of Parliament House. It was an amazing view and I doubt I got any photos that worked. Ok so it looks like the ones of the northern suburbs mostly worked, but nothing much south. Sad times.

Belconnen town centre from the air
Belconnen town centre from the air.  At least some of the photos of the north of Canberra turned out.

This was the best photo I could get of the Parliamentary Triangle :(
This was the best photo I could get of the Parliamentary Triangle :(

To add insult to injury, the GPS refused to get a signal, so I've got no data at all for the flight :(

And finally, the entertainment system was being a big poo. Very unintuitive interface, and the volume controls wouldn't work. I started watching a documenatary on James Cameron and the Titanic, but there was an "elapsed time" message on the screen that wouldn't go away and when I hit a button to try and fix it, the whole thing died. I had lunch while it sat in the naughty corner and after lunch it must have rebooted because everything was working properly, including the volume. Finised watching the Titanic documentary and then started a bit of a silly documentary called Drain Alcatraz. Didn't get to finish watching that because we landed.

But on a positive note, the 777 did have a lot of leg room - probably the most I've ever seen in economy.

Probably the most leg room I've ever had.  Stu's knees weren't hitting the chair in front
Probably the most leg room I've ever had. Stu's knees weren't hitting the chair in front

Lunch on the plane - Pan Fried Chicken in Herb Gravy, served with sauteed vegetables and mashed potato
Lunch on the plane - Pan Fried Chicken in Herb Gravy, served with sauteed vegetables and mashed potato

Meandered through immigration (Australian e-passports work there) and customs (had to declare the mini bar of Toblerone they gave me going through duty free heh), withdrew some cash (for some reason the pin on my card is not working :( ) and jumped in a taxi to go into town.

Hotel is ok. Doesn't have a super fancy view, but does see up to Mount Victoria, and the room is actually pretty nice - very large and even has a kitchenette.

Room 657, Quality Hotel, Cuba Street Wellington
Room 657, Quality Hotel, Cuba Street Wellington

Dumped our stuff then went for a wander.

Headed down Cuba Street to the harbour.

Sculptures next to Civic Square by the waterfront
Sculptures next to Civic Square by the waterfront

Me and the sweetie by the Wellington waterfront
Me and the sweetie by the Wellington waterfront

Wellington at dusk
Wellington at dusk

The Boatshed, by the waterfront
The Boatshed, by the waterfront

Then headed back. Stopped in Bad Grannies for some beer, then went across the road for Mexican at The Flying Burrito Brothers, which was good, but really really didn't need dessert hmm!

Booze!  Sign at Bad Grannies Pub
Booze! Sign at Bad Grannies Pub

Chilli Con Queso - Sizzling spicy cheese dip served w corn chips.  This stuff was amazing and we practically burnt ourselves trying to devour it.
Chilli Con Queso - Sizzling spicy cheese dip served w corn chips. This stuff was amazing and we practically burnt ourselves trying to devour it.

The sweetie had enchiladas - Holy Mole: Chicken w Mole Poblno sauce
The sweetie had enchiladas - Holy Mole: Chicken w Mole Poblno sauce

I had tacos - Tacos al Pastor - braised pork topped w smoked pineapple salsa, Chicharron slaw.
I had tacos - Tacos al Pastor - braised pork topped w smoked pineapple salsa, Chicharron slaw.

The sweetie had Banana Chimichangas - Bananas wrapped in a tortilla, fried w sugar cinnamon, served w icecream, and I had Cajeta Cheesecake - Baked with Goat's milk caramel (cajeta) w tequila laced berries & ice cream.
The sweetie had Banana Chimichangas - Bananas wrapped in a tortilla, fried w sugar cinnamon, served w icecream, and I had Cajeta Cheesecake - Baked with Goat's milk caramel (cajeta) w tequila laced berries & ice cream.

Then back to the hotel. It's 9:30pm now here, but ony 7:30pm back in Canberra. So even though we're tired I doubt sleep will come easily...