Pretty Little Picton

Welcome to Picton!

Welcome to Picton!

Picton is a very small, but very beautiful town in New Zealand.  I started my afternoon in Picton wandering down the main road.  I wove my way in and out of a few shops, including a costume shop, a bookstore, a gift shop, and a jewelry store.  I walked back towards the water on a smaller street, and came across an outdoor market.  Vendors were selling home made goods, such as cutting boards, jewelry, and most amusingly, hand made underwear.  I picked up a fun pair of earrings and continued on my merry way.

Market in Picton

Market in Picton

I joined some friends at an ice cream shop where I got a cone of vanilla hokey pokey.  In case you don’t know, hokey pokey is a New Zealand specialty consisting of honeycomb chunks.  It was delicious!  We took our ice cream to a small park nearby and enjoyed the music of a street performer.

Ice cream = dream!

Ice cream = dream!

Once I had cleaned myself up a bit, I continued window-shopping.  My roommate and I ended our outing with dinner at a café.  I had a great quinoa dish with mushrooms and a soy latte.  Quinoa is normally a staple in my diet, but I haven’t had any since joining the ship in July!  Needless to say, I was very excited when I saw it on the menu.  Even more exciting was my latte.  I’ve seen some pretty incredible latte art in my time, but never before had I seen a bear.  It was almost too cute to drink!

Latte bear

Latte bear

Unfortunately, I won’t be returning to Picton before I sign off at the end of the month.  I greatly enjoyed my day there, and am glad I was able to see another lovely part of New Zealand.

View from the park

View from the park

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