On the Eve of the Tour de France Route Announcement

Comparison between REI flexlite chair and Target camping chair
Comparison between REI flexlite chair and Target camping chair

The 2014 Tour de France route will be announced tomorrow October 23rd.  I anticipate an adventure following it, so I bought a lightweight and small foldable chair to take on my trip. It will provide a comfortable place to sit while I hold my preferred spot at the start or finish of a stage.

After 3 seconds, the Target chair is ready to sit in and the REI chair is only unpacked.The photos show the highly portable chair ($69.00 US) next to typical soccer chair from Target ($9.99 US) to give perspective.  I also compared the amount of time it takes to set up.

Compare the size of the two chairs.
Compare the size of the two chairs.

The Target chair takes 3 seconds to unfold. The REI chair takes about 3 minutes and I was able to only after consulting instructions. Both are comfortable. The REI chair is obviously much lighter and more compact.

It is another step in preparation for a splendid adventure.

Wellington Botanic Garden Easy to Do

Great variety of plants
Great variety of plants, including an extensive rose garden

There are six reasons to do the Wellington Botanic Garden:  1) you can arrive by cable car to the top of the garden and walk down (brilliant!); 2) you can marvel at the long established plantings on steep hillsides; 3) you can chat with the staff in the Visitor’s Centre; 4) you can get a toastie and a coffee in the Picnic Cafe in the Begonia House; 5) you can see a lot in a short amount of time or you can meander all day; and 6) you can enter from any point in the garden–there is no admission charge!!! (Thank you City of Wellington.)

Absolutely, positively Wellington? I say yes.

Picnic Cafe is part of Begonia House--a warm place to rest awhile on a cold day
Picnic Cafe is part of Begonia House–a warm place to rest awhile on a cold day
October is Spring in Wellington; enjoy tulips, poppies and other spring blooms
October is Spring in Wellington; enjoy tulips, poppies and other spring blooms

Postcard: Wellington

The cliche, windy Wellington, played out. Hurricane force gusts of wind buffeted us as we walked home from dining out. However, Wellington is not so easily dismissed. As the capital city, it has many paradoxes–just like New Zealand. They celebrate Katherine Mansfield for largely inventing the modern short story–something she did while living in Europe. 

Tribute to NZ native Katherine Mansfield in Wellington cbd

Wellington hosts some wildly creative people, including WETA studios and the World of Wearable Art–and the national government. They have a beautiful botanical garden with a lush history of plants–and a freeway that rips right through the heart of the city. It makes for a stimulating place to visit. There is no shortage of great coffee and restaurants.  Just be sure to carry a waterproof jacket. And best not to watch your plane land in the airport (eyes shut tight!).The capitol building in Wellington is nicknamed the "Beehive".