We have visited Christchurch 4 times before the 2011 earthquake, & 3 times since. Apart from the weather, I have always loved the architecture. The city seemed so rich in history, so it's a bit of a shock to see so many buildings demolished, even since last year. We were still able to happily fill in the time tootling from one vintage shop to another. The Vintage Cupboard was well worth a visit. They have a mix of vintage clothing & rockabilly/repro clothing. The owner Christine was just lovely. The Ferry Road Antique Centre is a favourite of the Captains, & also on Ferry Road, Madam Butterfly's has a lovely selection of frocks & all sorts of things.
We visited the recently re-opened New Regent Street with some gorgeous window displays. I'm so glad to see it still standing among all the other demolished sites.
We stayed near the Botanic Gardens & enjoyed some time there spotting the ducklings.
Visiting Cathedral Square is a humbling experience
And my heart always aches when I see the Squirrels old abode
But there is still so much beauty about the place
I saw the car on my wish list, a Figaro in Lyttelton
And we visited the gondola
Here are the all important purchases along the way......
The cutest little grey vintage shoes, never worn.
From the Lyttelton markets
A set of metal coasters
A Horrockses frock, too small for me but the label was too good to leave behind
I'll be listing this one for sale so let me know if you're interested in it
Vintage beads, a gift from my Mum
A sweet 50's frock from the Vintage Cupboard
A brushed cotton dress which I intend on wearing as a jacket