We checked off the list what would keep us happily in one place for three weeks as we traveled: sea, arts, hiking, beautiful spaces, good food. We needed a place to stay for 3 weeks, after our hiking adventures in the South Island of New Zealand and Nelson fit the bill.
Arts abound in Nelson. We studied the list of galleries in town and visited quite a few.
Art and crafts extended well beyond galleries. We’d never seen a trailer like this before.
Most New Zealanders live near the ocean or lakes. We don’t think we would ever tire of walks to the harbor and eating (what else?) fish and chips.
We never missed the Saturday Farm Market – and always headed first for the waffle stand. Fruits and vegetables could wait.
We walked or hiked every day. Some days were town walks to see old buildings and neighborhoods.
Other days we walked through gardens or parks. Nelson’s old and big trees were always worth noting. The walks were accompanied by sound effects. Large New Zealand cicadas drown out all other summertime sounds.
When we planned our 22-month round-the-world trip, we knew we wanted to travel simply. When we stay in one place for 2 or 3 weeks we have time to settle in and get to know a place a little better. Nelson turned out to be just right, and the thought came to us: maybe three weeks wasn’t enough?