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// SEPTEMBER 2015
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Napier


14th of September 2015
Tremendous earthquake (7, 9 Richter climax) gives birth to…Art Deco!!!

After a deep and revitalizing sleep (and after me managing even to participate, through internet, to my favorite Greek radio program) we started, in order to explore the west, southwest part of the northern island, covering a course of quite a few kilometers, always by the sea and along the coast line of New Zealand.



Stopping at all the key sights and following the course Te Kaha, Waihau Bay, Te Araroa, Tokomaru Bay, Gisborne and Wairoa, we reached  Napier and our hotel  Art Deco Masonic Hotel, which was familiar to me since the last time, in 2013, when unfortunately we were forced to cancel our reservation.
Napier is famous for its wines (Pinot Gris and Syrah) and for its Art Deco architecture. It is one of the purest Art Deco cities in the world.
Tragic irony: A national catastrophe, a tremendous earthquake (7, 9 Richter climax), which hit violently the area Hawke’s Bay for more than three minutes in February of 1931, was the reason for this architectural purity.
Almost 260 people died and the massive majority of the buildings in the commercial centre of Napier were destroyed, either by the earthquake itself or from the fires that followed it. The reconstruction started almost immediately.
The new buildings reflected the architectural influences of the times: Classic, Spanish and Art Deco. The New Zealander architect Louis Hay, admirer of the great Frank Lloyd Wright, had his own opportunity to shine. Maori motives were used, so as to give the city the unique character of New Zealand.

The weather was cold and it was drizzling when we arrived. The night had already fallen too. Our most obvious choice: we tried wines at the Emporium Eatery and Bar

 

 

Country: New Zealand
Date: 2015
Route: Around the world
Cities: Thessaloniki, Istanbul, Singapore, Auckland, Rotorua, Napier, Auckland, Rarotonga, Rarotonga, Aitutaki, Rarotonga, Papeete, Bora Bora, Mo'orea, Tahiti, Papeete, Easter Island, Santiago de Chile , Puerto Varas, Valdivia, Santiago de Chile, Buenos Aires, Posadas, Puerto Iguazú, Foz do Iguasu, Santa Maria, Brasil, Punta del Este, Montevideo, Colonia Del Sacramento, Buenos Aires, Istanbul, Thessaloniki
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Population: 4.471.000
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Country: New Zealand
Date: 2015
Route: Around the world
Cities: Thessaloniki, Istanbul, Singapore, Auckland, Rotorua, Napier, Auckland, Rarotonga, Rarotonga, Aitutaki, Rarotonga, Papeete, Bora Bora, Mo'orea, Tahiti, Papeete, Easter Island, Santiago de Chile , Puerto Varas, Valdivia, Santiago de Chile, Buenos Aires, Posadas, Puerto Iguazú, Foz do Iguasu, Santa Maria, Brasil, Punta del Este, Montevideo, Colonia Del Sacramento, Buenos Aires, Istanbul, Thessaloniki
Duration: 27
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Population: 4.471.000
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Country: New Zealand
Date: 2015
Route: Around the world
Cities: Thessaloniki, Istanbul, Singapore, Auckland, Rotorua, Napier, Auckland, Rarotonga, Rarotonga, Aitutaki, Rarotonga, Papeete, Bora Bora, Mo'orea, Tahiti, Papeete, Easter Island, Santiago de Chile , Puerto Varas, Valdivia, Santiago de Chile, Buenos Aires, Posadas, Puerto Iguazú, Foz do Iguasu, Santa Maria, Brasil, Punta del Este, Montevideo, Colonia Del Sacramento, Buenos Aires, Istanbul, Thessaloniki
Duration: 27 days
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Population: 4.471.000
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