From the start of the trip I already knew it was going to be a good day. Our driver was very welcoming, and his commentary was interesting as he spoke of the cities history, people and how much things have changed in all since the earthquakes.
First stop, my personal favourite, was punting down the Avon river. It was still a little chilly, it made for a beautiful autumn scene as the sun was peeking through trees,giving off an eerie glow. Our guide, who looked as though he had stepped out of the past, was very friendly and a bit cheeky too. The story of Napoleon's tree was cool, and watching other tourists take photos of us from the bank prompted a funny exchange of smiles, poses and photos.
The Botanical Garden tour was good, weaving around in the caterpillar while the driver told us of our surroundings. I think I waved and said hello to everyone we passed, especially the kids. I even got some hi 5s!
Though I'm slightly afraid of heights, I thoroughly enjoyed the Gondola ride. The scenery was breathtaking, but I will admit while in the Gondola I was praying we wouldn't fall.
The Tram ride escorted us into the heart of the damaged city centre. It was sad to look upon, but seeing the friendliness and resilience of the locals, it's great to know that even in the midst of a broken home, Cantabrians are still rocking along in quake city.
So, my advice to you all is when you go, take a jacket, camera, check toilet stops, have fun, and smile and wave! :-)
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