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IMG_1590Well today we are going to be ‘near’ the sea not actually beside the sea. In Napier, one of the stops on our 2011 New Zealand cruise  – about halfway up the east coast of the North Island.

Famed for its Art Decor buildings and the fact it was nearly destroyed in the 1931 Hawkes Bay earthquake, it turned out to be a very interesting place to visit,

Hot day + lots of walking = sore feet and a need to sit down so I was on the lookout for a bench (near the sea)  I spied these near the roadside and decided Too Hot and Sunny so wandered over to the shade on the right of the picture.

Where I saw this little beauty

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Nestled there in the shade of the trees that line the Marine Parade  Gardens it was just what I needed.

Looking very cool and very inviting – a simple garden bench.

Somewhere to sit 🙂


Bench Napier 2011

Bench Napier 2011

Between the trees - the Pacific Ocean

Between the trees – the Pacific Ocean




I knew that behind the trees was the Pacific Ocean and in front a small garden bed – but because of the bright light couldn’t quite make out what was at the other end of the garden walkway..

Garden bench Napier

Garden bench Napier

Oh joy – another of my favourite things – a fountain.  A large fountain (Tom Parker Fountain) and what looked like a sound shell.

Marine Parade Gardens Napier

Marine Parade Gardens Napier

Well, that was me done for a good half hour before I wandered up to marvel in the coolness of the fountain and to discover what was at the other end of that broad expanse of green grass.


If you pop over to Judes blog – Travel Words you’ll find loads of other benches

Linking to:

Our World Tuesday
Bench Series