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    Monday, November 26, 2007

    Fleur's Place Moeraki New Zealand

    So another fairly long trek ahead. Off to Fleurs Place
    More of these wonderful colonial houses.
    They are dotted amongst the landscape. There will be more I promise

    First to Dunedin we bypassed the ciyt. In her spare time Trish is a line producer and is in great demand.She suggested we went to Port Chalmers for lunch. She had spent quite a bit of time in the Port whilst working on a movie about very tragic happenings in the town of Aramoana called “Out of the Blue” (a review of this movie here.)

    It's a pretty little place and well worth a passing visit.

    Finding an open place for lunch was not proving easy we drove around the little port and we ran into one of Jim’s trucks…Not only does he farm but he also has a huge fleet of Big Trucks

    That was exciting but wasn’t providing any food.

    The church in Port Chalmers was gorgeous, a quick photo opportunity.
    It was Monday and most places were closed but just around the corner we discovered this lovely hotel The Carey Bay Historical Hotel

    Lovely view

    Food was available and we had a wonderful lunch
    Dale is on a mission to find the best fish cakes and these were pretty good

    I had seared Marlborough scallops with cubes of kumara on a bed of greens with deep fried kumara thins. Very good . Any time you’re passing…do drop in.

    As we came out we glanced at the plaque. This hotel had been restored by an Auckland woman unfortunately now deceased. But all the work was worth it.
    A nice plaque dedicated to her

    We ventured around the bays to Aramoana, The Otago Harbour is very pretty.
    Quirky little sights

    Good idea for a mailbox an old chilly bin

    Aramoana Beach is quite beautiful

    But unfortunately this road was leading us to a dead end.
    So we returned, to Port Chalmers took the Blueskin Ridge Rd and headed off to Moeraki our next Port of Call.
    En route we dog tailed into Shag Point…obviously beach homes to I guess Dunedin people.
    Cute little baches or cribs as they call them down here.

    We have been salivating in anticipation of our stay in this little town Moeraki
    It is famous for 2 things
    The Moeraki Boulders, sorry Catherine we didn’t walk down, but we read about them and here’s my photo.

    And Fleur’s Restaurant
    We had booked our dinner here 3 weeks ago and they had arranged accommodation for us.
    We were there early so here is sight you rarely see…Sitting on the car provisions from the pub (no alcohol) just water and chips just to tide us over till dinner with our pre-dinner wine.

    The Moeraki Motel was OK. Great view over this little fishing village.
    Very basic but not really for the obese or infirmed.
    They would never make it up and down the staircase
    Had to be careful. They were difficult.

    Nice nylon bedspreads...A snoring room

    But their real claim to fame is being so close to Fleur’s Place

    This place is world wide renowned with even the guru of Fish Cooking Rick Stein singing its praises. Which is how I first heard about it.

    He has even signed the door.
    Great little teapot collection

    Of course we ate blue cod. It was divine.

    Worth the long drive, all pretty stunning really

    It was all over bar the shouting by 8.30.
    Fell asleep in front of the TV.

    Up early would you believe the village was covered in mist.

    So pleased we did the sightseeing the day before.

    I would award this establishment
    Clinically clean and tidy but add another
    ♥♥♥ for position and Fleur’s Place.


    Barbara said...

    You must go back for breakfast and ask the chef to make you his Eggs Benedict. It's not on the menu but if you ask nicely...

    so simple said...

    HI Barbara
    Bad timing we left before we got your message maybe next time

    Ruth Daniels said...

    It does look like a lovely trip. as for fish obviously have to bring Dale to Halifax. There's a restaurant here - Janes' on the Commons that serves supreme shrimp cakes.

    So Simple said...

    After meeting you Ruth Halifax is on my must go to list.