Ciarán & Elaine's Travelog

Friday, July 14, 2006

Bastille Day in Akaroa

There's a town about an hours drive from Christchurch called Akaroa which is supposed to be the 'French' town of New Zealand because the French landed here and tried to claim NZ as it's own about 150 years ago but the Brits fought them off. Seeing as it was Bastille day we decided there'd be no better place in NZ to be so we headed there to check out the celebrations.

Unfortunately, the celebrations turned out to be a couple of balloons outside the information centre and the guy in the grocer shop with a beret and some onions hanging around his neck - we're presuming this was for Bastille day or maybe this is how he always dresses...

Akaroa was just a sleepy little town in the middle of nowhere and the weather was fairly bad so we got out of there fairly fast the next day. However there were two gorgeous dogs, Boots & Jessy in our hostel that we got to play with all night.


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