This past couple of weeks we have been on a vacation from our working vacation. We told everyone how to reach us in an emergency and basically put everything else away and just focused on adventuring as a family. Naively, we thought going to New Zealand would be similar to Australia but we were so pleasantly surprised at how the subtle differences really made it feel like we had travelled more than 4 hours away.We had a charming little airbnb flat in Ponsonby which lived up to the hype of being one of the most eclectic, fun, and tasty areas of Auckland. Here is a little peak at our first day there. Also, pardon the photo overload, I have had about a 5 requests a day to see ALL of the photos from this trip and it’s my blog so I’m going to put them here.
Our Airbnb had the coolest top to the building! I’m such a sucker for these colors.
Fill your own donuts. On the site it said with a “retro syringe” which quite frankly freaked me out because thats sounds a like dirty needle which is my top fear of finding haha but luckily it was just this. Obviously.
Coddled eggs with bacon and spinach and cheese and heaven. Then you dip the soldiers (homemade sourdough bread) in and are immediately transported into a dreamworld, kind of like the one in Anchorman with the rainbows.Hahaha I have no idea why that popped in my head while writing this.
Now, I am not typically a coffee drinker, but you absolutely cannot pass up a latte around these parts. The coffee here is wonderful!
It must be dream come true for all of these restaurants to be in the same building as this fresh market. We bought some of the yummiest goods here too!
Cheese, cheese, spreads, cheese and more cheese. My mom would be proud.
This gal knew so much about cheese. It was almost like a wine tasting and she steered me in exactly the right direction for what I was looking for.
Plum and fancy cheese snack while her dad naps on his first real vacation day that he didn’t look at his email or send something “just real quick” in years.
Fresh bread from Little Bread and Butter at Ponsonby Central. Paired with some delicioushomemade quince paste and New Zealand goat cheese. Can I get an amen?
I’m a sucker for front yards and entrances, can you tell?
Just a pretty windchime on a tree on the sidewalk. Whatever. Charm… charm… charm.
Pretty art all over this city.
Lending library! This is one of those things I can’t imagine working back home, but maybe someday. Sad but true, hopefully it will be different as Leona grows up. We love having her experience such peace and calm on this side of the world.
Meat mural. Nuff said.
There were so many unique plants and flowers here that we didn’t expect. You see a lot of things like this in oz but I pictured New Zealand to just be green pastures and sheep for some odd reason. Another pleasant surprise. Though, I do love me some rolling hills and farm animals. Those came later in the trip.
One day when we take trips just the two of us we are going to come back here and indulge in this little place. So cute!
Pretty art everywhere.
The most odd name for a shop I had ever seen. But one of my favorite bands is also called Tired Pony, so maybe not so odd?
I love this photo even though we look like we are in a musical act.
2 year olds are the best. She is the best excuse for a dance party anywhere anytime. Also, see how cute our rental was?! Honestly I always pick places with the same decor and styling and I’m ok with that.
View of Auckland from Ponsonby. The sky tower is gorgeous! Crazy to think how small this place is and that there is water just over there and near behind us.
This was the first place we had dinner, boy and bird. Our little bird was pretty naughty. We had to take turns eating and apologize. A lot. Traveling with a toddler can’t all be sunshine.
Our second dinner was at a super fancy Italian restaurant named Prego that totally catered to families with little ones too, because, countries here remember that we were all babies once too.
And you successfully made it to the bottom of this epic photo tale. More posts to come including hobbits, black sand beaches, wineries, and volcanos! All with a two year old :)
Do you brave traveling the world with your kiddos?