This week I want to crown a picture which was literally lying directly on the streets of Auckland, exactly in the district Ponsonby.
Look at this cute little dog in front of the Letham gallery in Ponsonby. If you go with open eyes through the city you don´t have to go that far for seeing some beautiful spots.
How about spending a day in one of Auckland’s nicest districts? There is heaps to see and to explore as the Picture shows.
So even if you are not an art-freak you should have a look at one of the galleries. They shelter a huge range of modern and decorative art. Letham (http://www.lethamgallery.co.nz/HOME.html) and Smyth gallery (http://www.smythgalleries.co.nz/Stock-Room/) are just examples for art exhibited in characteristic houses, creating the special flair of Ponsonby.
On a sunny day you can also experience the art outdoors at “Western Park” located at the end of Ponsonby Road. Here you can see some artistic park furniture created by a local silversmith and sculptures made by John Redford located in the frontage of Ponsonby Road. Since 1874 the Park follows a design concept called ‘Lily of the Valley’.
There is also a viewing platform – looking to the harbour – at the southern end of the park.
But if you don’t like art at all you can have a look at Ponsonby Road Market, that is taking place every Saturday from 10.00 am to 3.00 pm. You can find a lot of individual stuff in one of the tiny designer stores as well as average shops. And the best thing is you could go shopping when it’s raining due to the roofed shopping street on each side of the road.
But should I tell you the best thing about this area? This are the cafes…you can sit in affectionately furnished restaurants with nice backyards. They have the best bakeries and cafes there. Check out Ripe and Il Forno. And if you don’t like coffee, there are lots of bars, as well…;-) But convince yourself and spend a day in Ponsonby.
You could get there easily and quickly with the Link bus (http://www.linkbus.co.nz/), which makes it flexible and spontaneous and you don´t have to plan anything.
Have a nice weekend!
See ya in Ponsonby..;-)