Day 35, Sat., Feb. 9, 2013–Napier, New Zealand

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     We were on the ball this morning and took the first shuttle into town.  Napier has a working port so you can’t walk around in it.  Today happened to be the day the bagpipes were having a competition on the Marine Parade.  They were being judged on pipes, drums and the group as a whole.  The judges didn’t stop writing.

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     The Marine Parade was a beautiful area next to the beach.  We saw the Pania and a lovely fountain.  The picture of us at the fountain is a fused picture, that’s why I look so short.  There wasn’t anyone around to take a picture of both of us.  Ray wants to get a Norfolk pine tree when we get home.

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     The town was getting ready for their Art Deco event next week and a lot of the shops were selling dresses from the 30’s.  We saw the video of their earthquake from 2/3/31 that destroyed the town.  We looked in many of the shops and could not get over how expensive things were and all clothes I saw were made in China.

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     The arch on the beach was built for the millennium as Napier is the first place to see a sunrise each day because of where the International Date line is.  It rises under the ball.  Swimming on the beach is dangerous as it gets deep very fast.

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     The show tonight was a repeat for us, the comedy ventriloquist Jimmy Tamley.  He was very entertaining.

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“After the verb ‘to Love,’ ‘to Help’ is the most beautiful verb in the world.”  ~  Bertha von Suttner

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