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"I don't think of all the misery, but of all the beauty that still remains." -- Anne Frank

377--New Zealand: the Charm of Akaroa
@ CherieSpotting     Feb 28 2007 - 19:57 PST
cherie writes: Nestled in a volcanic crater, a 90-minute drive from Christchurch, NZ is the French/British settlement of Akaroa. The town lured us to its shores with its promises of charm and relaxation.

Trimmed with flowers and gardens, Akaroa is a place to simmer down and unwind. In fact the settlement has its own giant town cauldron (to simmer down in). Too bad we didn’t find any witches!

My Dutch friend Marjo and I let the town enchant us with its simplicity. We spent days exploring the hillsides, sipping wine and nibbling on cheese at little waterfront cafes. We even rented a moped and scooted around the shore. Let Akaroa seduce you:

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Cherie needs a little more lipstick to match her outrageous hair color.  Favorite comment: Did you do that on purpose?

Cherie needs a little more lipstick to match her outrageous hair color. Favorite comment: Did you do that on purpose?

Living art.

Living art.

I think this statue is falling for me.  It must be the hair.

I think this statue is falling for me. It must be the hair.

Marjo snatches him up first!  You know a stable guy like this will always be around.

Marjo snatches him up first! You know a stable guy like this will always be around.

Cherie and Marjo rent a moped to explore the cottages around Akaroa, New Zealand.

Cherie and Marjo rent a moped to explore the cottages around Akaroa, New Zealand.

Time to fuel up. Marjo is in the driver's seat.

Time to fuel up. Marjo is in the driver's seat.

Let's explore the historic French & British settlement of Akaroa.

Let's explore the historic French & British settlement of Akaroa.

Marjo in the rear view mirror.  Don't mess with a girl in a helmet.

Marjo in the rear view mirror. Don't mess with a girl in a helmet.

Cherie is all saddled up and ready to ride.

Cherie is all saddled up and ready to ride.

Marjo and Cherie at the French Farm.

Marjo and Cherie at the French Farm.

Here comes trouble.

Here comes trouble.

The Akaroa scooter gals.

The Akaroa scooter gals.

Does this photo come with a story?

Does this photo come with a story?

Marjo ready to vroom.

Marjo ready to vroom.

The rolling hills and subtle charm of Akaroa.

The rolling hills and subtle charm of Akaroa.

Marjo navigates the turns with ease.

Marjo navigates the turns with ease.

Cherie's more comfortable on the non-motorized "flower" bike.

Cherie's more comfortable on the non-motorized "flower" bike.

Look at what the French can do with an old volcanic crater!

Look at what the French can do with an old volcanic crater!

Marjo got her motorcycle license in her native country--the Netherlands.

Marjo got her motorcycle license in her native country--the Netherlands.

We take off the helmets, retire the mopeds, and go wine tasting.

We take off the helmets, retire the mopeds, and go wine tasting.

The wine makes Cherie think she's limber.  Adults, don't try this at home.

The wine makes Cherie think she's limber. Adults, don't try this at home.

Cherie's back-bend gone wrong.

Cherie's back-bend gone wrong.

Cherie and Marjo explore Akaroa, 85-kilometers from Christchurch.

Cherie and Marjo explore Akaroa, 85-kilometers from Christchurch.

A little walk along the shore.

A little walk along the shore.

Marjo by the "Karaweko".

Marjo by the "Karaweko".

Inside the church was a photo of Jesus at the helm.  Who knew Jesus could sail?

Inside the church was a photo of Jesus at the helm. Who knew Jesus could sail?

Those carved eyes are staring at me!

Those carved eyes are staring at me!

If you have to rest forever, you might as well have a good view.

If you have to rest forever, you might as well have a good view.

Pink flowers freckle the town of Akaroa.

Pink flowers freckle the town of Akaroa.

This volcanic crater makes a great harbor!

This volcanic crater makes a great harbor!

We stayed in the "purple" room.  Prince would have been proud.

We stayed in the "purple" room. Prince would have been proud.

Cherie in a garden.

Cherie in a garden.

Flowers and churches.

Flowers and churches.

Should we take the short cut?  Or should we go all the way to the top of Stony Bay Peak?

Should we take the short cut? Or should we go all the way to the top of Stony Bay Peak?

The view is worth the climb.

The view is worth the climb.

The view belongs to us, and a few startled sheep.

The view belongs to us, and a few startled sheep.

The sheep are curious.  What are those silly girls doing up here?

The sheep are curious. What are those silly girls doing up here?

Cherie and Marjo rest and admire the view.

Cherie and Marjo rest and admire the view.

The ladies bathed in light.

The ladies bathed in light.

True friendship has no political borders.

True friendship has no political borders.

It wasn't a myth.  We really stumbled across this boat.

It wasn't a myth. We really stumbled across this boat.

The view of Akaroa from the surrounding hills.

The view of Akaroa from the surrounding hills.

Is that a cauldron in the middle of town?

Is that a cauldron in the middle of town?

The hills of Akaroa.

The hills of Akaroa.

A town church.

A town church.