So you may have read the market is no longer on Sunday morning - what's a girl to do??
Well she's got a plan...
We'd love to all meet early at C1 Espresso in Christchurch City Central and have breakfast. I met the owner of C1 last week and it is an amazing building and cafe. The largest cafe in NZ actually. They have an aim to be entirely self-sustaining and this includes a coffee plantation they have in Samoa, an organic beehive on the roof and organic vines (also on the roof). The cafe is a triumph and in one of our only surviving heritage buildings. All of the fixtures and fittings come from the 'old Christchurch' including lights from the old arts centre and tables made from the floor boards of their old cafe and an awesome Singer sewing machine water cooler!!
With 2 working kitchens no one should be left waiting for an order and with a menu that specialises in GF and Vegan options we should all have lots of choice.
Some of the earlier flight takers will be collected from there and taken to the airport.
The other reason for selecting this location, as well as the good food and heritage fix, is the opportunities for you to get closer in to town. After brunch I'd love to take you all on a walk and give you a chance to see and photograph some of the emptiness and building destruction and deconstruction and possibly go to see the cathedral and some of the art popping up.
Personally, I feel like it is a really important thing for Christchurch people to share with friends who travel here. To give you a sense of what is happening, what has happened and how far we are from full strength yet.
For those who are travelling I would really encourage you to end your weekend with this. It is a very important part of our history as a nation and a powerful thing for you to experience some of what we have lived through.
At C1 Sam the owner has also promised to let us have access to the rooftop garden which will guarantee you a stunning opportunity to take some photos you would never get at ground level.
If you want to get up there - it's 3 flights of stairs and then a very steep spiral staircase so I'd suggest no stilettos, mini skirts (hello to your undies) or maxi dresses (hello to tripping over in front of new friends).
The Christchurch Art Gallery will also be set up and running a temporary space from the second floor of the building too which will be well worth a visit if you like art and galleries.
The photos here are some I quickly snapped off when I was in talking to Sam last week and hopefully give you a sense of what you might see.
Are you keen? Please say you are... I do love a good brunch with lovely friends :o)