5. Walking the Streets
With a few hours to spare in the afternoon, I went for a walk around
the western side of the city. This is the more cultural precinct, and
includes the main restaurant and cafe area along Oxford Terrace.
The Bridge of Rememberance was built in the 1920s as a war memorial to
mark the contribution of those in the first world war. It stands over
the quiet peace of the Avon river.
|Bridge of Rememberance|
West of the river there's the botanic gardens and the adjacent
heritage quarter. Its a mixture of the grand and the quaint. On a
second visit to this area, I came across a vintage car rally. There
were all the meticulously restored cars, including at least one
steamer. There were a few people dressed to the part too, and that
helped make the atmosphere. Curiously, later, during the working week
I spotted a rider on a penny-farthing amongst the city traffic. Now
that was different: he's gamer than I'd be!
|Hereford St Heritage|
There's also the art gallery, looking .. well .. arty.
|Christchurch Art Gallery|
Then back in th city, the chess-set makes for and ever-present centre
of vitality. Somehow it signals that there can be a community around
the open display of mind that comes from a public game of chess. The
tourist tram also maintains friendly touch, with its historic
innocence. This is heightened in the quaint New Regent street
pedestrian mall, where it passes by the cafe tables and curio shops.
|Chess in the Square|
|New Regent St Tram|