A road trip, Napier and Labour Day Weekend: Part 2

Thistles and Kiwis

Sunday morning proved to be another sunny day, though there was the odd cloud on the horizon from time to time.  We started the day with a good breakfast (eggs Benedict with smoked salmon for me and a sausages, bacon, mushrooms and bubble & squeek for Karl) and then headed off to the museum.  The building was just recently re-opened, and houses the museum, a theatre and a gallery, and is known as MTG Hawkes Bay.  It is a mix of an original 1930s building, a 1970s extension, and the new part.  Perhaps the most interesting area was the exhibition about the 1931 earthquake, which completely flattened the city.  The exhibit told the story of that day and how the city was rebuilt, with belongings that survived (such as a beautiful necklace that was lucky enough to have been worn by the owner on the day) and accounts from people…

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