Auckland – New Zealand Part 2: Favorites

Auckland – New Zealand Part 2: Favorites

Greetings Dear Readers!

Hope you all had a great Easter and enjoyed the weekend with family and loved ones! My holiday was quiet, giving me a chance to rest while still going through tons of photos from my long vacation last year.

Below are some of my favorite moments around the city. You’ll notice by the snapshots that Spring was in full bloom everywhere. The season started in September and going through November. It was a perfect time to visit. The air varies between very fresh to chilly, which meant for me to buy some sweaters to walk around town. But the trip was amazing and very interesting to me to see the other side of the world. Everything is completely different from what I’m accustomed to, but the experience was great nonetheless.

I mean where else would you have to explain to restaurant server what a cup of coffee consists of, or see horses and cows in your neighbors’ backyard.  Not good, not bad, just oddities, differences aside from driving on the wrong side of the street … <SNICKER>

From my experience, this is so far and by far the most environmentally conscious country I’ve yet had the pleasure to visit.

By my photographs you’ll see that I wanted to capture moments different from the average tourist shots. What I saw in the town where people who know to have a good time, eat well, play and share things together. Even the animals and birds seemed more natural and relaxed with lots of green shrubs or seeds to eat. I may write another post about where to eat around Auckland.

Hope you enjoy my photos and let know what do think!

Have a wonderful rest of the week. ☼ღ(◕‿◕)

Little Pony walks on the backyard of the home.

The Sky Tower is an observation and telecommunications tower located on the corner of Victoria and Federal Streets in the Auckland CBD, Auckland City, New Zealand. It is 328m (1,076 ft) tall, as measured from ground level to the top of the mast, making it the tallest man-made structure in the Southern Hemisphere. It has become an iconic landmark in Auckland’s skyline due to its height and unique design.

Auckland harbor.

2016 - Love & Mr Lewis Flowers Ponsonby Central - Auckland New Zealand photo 1 by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me

Love & Mr Lewis Flower shop at Ponsonby Central.

Another angle from the Albert Park.

I saw this adorable cat resting under the shade, I couldn’t resist the snap.

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Albert Park with a view of the Sky City Tower.

A little history about the Western Park: The park dates back to the late-19th century, and is considered one of the city’s most distinguished open spaces. It may be considered Auckland’s oldest Municipal park as the Auckland Domain was created by Central Government. The original parcel of land set aside in 1871 consisted of a coffin-shaped wedge going from Ponsonby Road down to Beresford Street, with access to the park being gained from a very narrow frontage on Ponsonby Road. This was land on each side of the stream, which in pre-European times had been called Tuna-Mau by the local Māori, meaning ‘the trapping of eels’. The stream was one of several which emptied into Freeman Bay, now reclaimed as Victoria Park.

In 1873, the City Council decided to call for a new park design, and declared that the sum of ten guineas/pounds (then quite a sum) would be awarded as prize money to the creator of the winning design. Out of 11 different concepts that were submitted, the ‘Lily of the Valley’ design of Hammond and Blackmore was chosen for the new “City Park”. Western Park, as it was eventually called, was soon finished, at a cost of £200 and in 1874 the City Parks Committee did note that “upwards of 1100 deciduous and coniferous trees of the choicest kind [were] to be planted in the park.”

2016 - Love & Mr Lewis Flowers Ponsonby Central - Auckland New Zealand

A close up of Love & Mr Lewis’ flower shop.

Chapel Bar & Bistro – Ponsonby. It’s popular bar and bistro located on the corner of Ponsonby Road and Anglesea Road. When you hang out outside, you have a great view of the Sky Tower. The Chapel is at its best and liveliest on Sunday afternoons and in the evening. If you want to eat at the Chapel, the best time is at lunch when you’ll enjoy a great meal, beer and the decor in a tranquil atmosphere.

2016 - Chapel bar & bistro Auckland New Zealand photo 16 by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me

Auckland – New Zealand

Auckland – New Zealand

Hello March and Welcome to Auckland – New Zealand!

A Brief History

Around 180 million years ago New Zealand broke away from a giant landmass called Gondwana and drifted nearly 3,000km south to where it sits today. Polynesians sailed here in the early 1300s, following their ancestor Kupe, who had named the country Aotearoa – “Land of the Long White Cloud.”

Dutch explorer Abel Tasman arrived in 1642, naming de land “Nieuw Zeeland.” European settlement began in 1769 with the arrival of British navigator Captain James Cook. In 1840 the Treaty of Waitangi confirmed New Zealand as a British colony and it became an independent nation in 1947.

Going through photos from my vacation last year to Auckland, I found the coolest suburbs that I’ve yet ever seen. It’s rich in culture with an interesting combination of people from all over the world. The city is kept clean, with an amazing selection of all types of food that are fresh, mostly organic and delicious. From authentic Italian food, to fine Thai, Indian cuisine and even amazing Argentinian BBQ. Japanese food is the best where you can taste the freshness of each bite in every meal that you ordered. You can sit and enjoy a relaxed atmosphere while enjoying conversation with friends in any open space food court without the hustle and bustle of overcrowded malls and have a great time. There’s a bit of everything for anyone, vintage shops, high end clothes and accessories made from New Zealand’s independent designers that absolutely gorgeous, pricey, but so worth it. Also the city offers great art galleries as well as sometourist oriented gift shops.

People in general are very nice and courteous as much as they are health and environment conscious while enjoying spending their time out with friends, and family. Overall it’s a healthy and beautiful city with a great environment to live in.

2016 - Auckland Waterfront New Zealand photo 4 by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me

Auckland Waterfront.

2016 - Auckland New Zealand photo 1 by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me

Old Ponsonby Post Office.

2016 - Auckland New Zealand photo 2 by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me

The beautiful Western Park.

2016 - Auckland Nea Zealand photo 3 by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me

2016 - Auckland New Zealand photo 7 photo by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me

2016 - Auckland New Zealand photo 6 by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me

2016 - Auckland New Zealand photo 9 by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me

Albert Park is a public park in central Auckland, popular with students and locals alike. A great place for relaxing in the sun, reading, studying or talking with friends.

2016 - Auckland New Zealand Albert Park photo 10 by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me

Auckland is surrounded by classic homes with a lot of greenery if not gardens.

2016 - Auckland New Zealand 11 photo by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me

New At Bella Bohemian

New At Bella Bohemian

Bonjour Mes Belles,

I’m so HAPPY to introduce the new Bella Bohemian necklace collection. I’ve been working non-stop for a while to put this line together. Twenty handmade necklaces, each one unique in its own way, with gorgeous detailing. With my jewelry you won’t look like anybody else.

Beautiful from beginning to the end, light weight, comfortable, unique. All Bohemian jewelry comes with a dainty, oval, oxidized copper tag, engraved with our exclusive brand name. I loved handcrafting each piece and even more how the whole collection turned out. Hope you enjoy wearing it and just wait for the curious questions and compliments from your friends …

We’ll use a nice jewelry box to ship your order, and a gift goodie bag is included as well.

Have fun shopping!!!

 

BB1-4_Down-to Earth Girl Long Necklace 2015 - bellabohemian-com copy

BB2-1_Bohemian Luxe Long Necklace 2015 - bellabohemian-com copy

BB3-3_Shabby Gypsy Long Necklace 2015 - bellabohemian-com copy

BB4-2_Free Spirited Long Necklace 2015 - bellabohemian-com copy

BB5-2_Bohemian Red Flower Long Necklace 2015 - bellabohemian-com copy

BB6-2_Bella Rustic Ivory Necklace 2015 - bellabohemian-com copy

BB7-3_Hippie Girl Long Necklace 2015 - bellabohemian-com copy

BB8-2_Malibu Girl Long Necklace 2015 - bellabohemian-com copy

BB9-3_Cascade Turquoise and Pearl Necklace 2015 - bellabohemian-com copy

BB10-1_Boho Beauty Long Necklace 2015 - bellabohemian-com copy

BB11-1_Turquoise Skull Copper Necklace 2015 - bellabohemian-com copy

BB12-4_Happy Buddha Metal Necklace 2015 - bellabohemian-com copy

BB14-2_Red Coral Statement Necklace 2015 - bellabohemian-com copy

BB15-1_Ocean Blue Long Necklace 2015 - bellabohemian-com copy

BB16-3_Eco Bohemian Girl Long Necklace 2015 - bellabohemian-com copy

BB17-3_Kisses from the Sea Necklace 2015 - bellabohemian-com copy

BB18-1_Bohemian Skull Long Chain Necklace 2015 - bellabohemian-com copy

BB19-1_Sabrina Long Ball Chain Necklace 2015 - bellabohemian-com copy

Enchanting Hawaii

Enchanting Hawaii

Aloha, and I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer and that June is beautiful for you.

I was going through my photos folder, and I noticed so many cool moments that I was happy to capture during my 2 week vacation last year in Hawaii.

Photographs taken from my trip to Hawaii to share from my point of view endless beauty.

Waikki Beach - 2014 Sunset photo 1 by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me
Locals and tourists happily swimming under the breathtaking sunset of Waikiki beach.
Hawaii - 2014 photo 2 by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me
A glimpse of Hawaii’s many traits, its volcanic ruggedness against the pristine blue of the unending sea. A perfect place to relax and enjoy the warm and wet coolness together …
Peacefu Place Hawaii - 2014 photo 3 by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me
Tall gorgeous palm trees dancing to the sound of the wind.
Helemano Plantation - 2014 photo 4 by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me
I like the artwork around the Helemano Plantation. They have so many cute settings to pose behind, esp. for kids. Also they have an excellent work program for the developmentally disabled. A great community overall that you can feel good for supporting, and have a blast while you’re at it.
Worker at Dole Plantation - 2014 photo 5 by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me
This worker from the Helemano Plantation happily let me snap this shot.
Snaps Around Dole Plantation - 2014 photo 6 by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me
It’s a quiet afternoon at the Dole Plantation.
Pineapple - 2014 photo 7 by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me
Pineapple in bloom, definitely if you are on Oahu, you have to visit the Dole Plantation to learn more about the many varieties of pineapples.
Papaya Tree - 2014 photo 8 by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me
Papaya trees are all over the island.
Amazing old tree - 2014 photo 9 by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me
Even trees express themselves in shape and posture if left alone.
photo 11 by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me
The Allamanda flower is a sturdy vine with firm and shiny leaves. Allamanda blooms continuously and can grow to a height of 50 feet (15m). However, it needs a fence or trellis for support, as well as well-watered soil.
Anthurium Flower close up - photo 12 by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me
Anthurium flower close up, also called Tail Flower, Flamingo Flower and Laceleaf. It can be seen all over the island in different colors as well.
Hawaii Sky 2015 - photo13 by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me
A half rainbow … it’s been decades since I saw a rainbow, so when I snap this shot I couldn’t believe.

 

Mahalo Hawaii!!!

Bella Bohemian at Encinitas Spring Street Faire

Bella Bohemian at Encinitas Spring Street Faire

Oooh la la! Hope you all are having an amazing week…

I’m so excited to let you know that Bella Bohemian is heading this weekend to the Encinitas Street Faire, showing our collections of handmade jewelry, home goods and stationary. We’ll offer a few on sale products, are rare occasion given that we’re celebrating our anniversary with you. Plus lots of gift bags to give away. So come visit if you are in the San Diego area, and meet me in person at our booth and say hello.

Come early, the good stuff goes quickly!

Enjoy your week and more news to come soon.

Bellow are few snaps from this past week, I’ve been working for while on a batch of large size paper flowers that will be hanging inside the both this weekend. Also I created a giant garland of paper flowers to embellish the entrance of the canopy like a arc, that I couldn’t photograph quite yet. I handmade all the goodies that come inside of the gift bags, and all the paper shopping bags are shabby inspired, decorated with lace, and handmade fabric flowers too.

I’m so happy how things turned out so beautifully and colorfully.

Paper Flowers 01 2015 - photo by Rhônya Holman for bellabohemian-com

Behind these paper flower I used real leaves which were dried and painted with grass green,  non-toxic acrylic paint and moss hanging from a fishing line.

Paper Flowers back 02 2015 - photo by Rhônya Holman for bellabohemian-com

Paper Flowers 03 2015 - photo by Rhônya Holman for bellabohemian-com

Peach Paper Flower 04 2015 - photo by Rhônya Holman for bellabohemian-com

The center of these paper flower are embellished with real dried flowers.

Paper Flowers close up 05 2015 - photo by Rhônya Holman for bellabohemian-com

April and Easter

April and Easter

Easter and Spring always bring me beautiful memories. It’s this time of the year which I like the most, when the flowers are beginning to blossom and their scent fills the air, intoxicating us. I enjoy watching the every year the surprising choreography of nature’s colors exploding into a full bloom, transforming from a little bud to lush vibrant shapes like a rainbow in the sky. These are accentuated by the dazzling beams of the sun, dancing rhythmically in the Spring breeze, fully alive! It is as though the fickle flurries and whirls blow delicate music through the fields of rainbows, melodies to which birds and butterflies joyfully enter in celebration of that which is life’s ultimate experience …

Houses and gardens are embellished with Easter decorations while from the kitchen oven come divine smells of delicious foods being prepared. Families are happy to spend time together eating, laughing, everyone starts to tell stories. Loving each other around the Easter dinner table, fun games usually are played after the dessert, keeping the festive atmosphere, embracing sweet little moments experienced during this time, grateful …

Wishing you all a wonderful Easter, dearest friends!

❤︎

 

Bougainvillea Glabra Vines - 2015 photo by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me

Garden Bunnies - 2015 photo by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me

Waiting for Spring

Waiting for Spring

It’s March and I can’t believe those cold winter days are still here in San Diego. We had been receiving lots of days with rain and wind. The mornings are passing by too fast and the evenings are getting longer, and after the rain we noticed a dramatic transformation to beautiful clear blue skies. The ocean is cold uniting with a fresh breeze, sunshine quietly reflects in crystal blue waters, strong sounds of the waves break into cascades of water competing with those enthusiastically surfing the swells as they try to stand-up. Then walk barefooted in the sand feeling the waves washing up your feet watching palm trees dancing playfully and gently with the winds.

I know it’s not Spring yet but I’m celebrating the first signs of Spring with these photos, a  reminder that it’s not too far away.

May a cool breeze and the warmth of the sun refresh your week!

Squirrel on the tree 2015 - photo 2 by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me

Lavender Fields 2015 - photo 3 by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me

In the garden 2015 - photo 4 by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me

Love Nature - 2015 photo 5 by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me

Waiting for Spring 2015 - photo 6 by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me

California dream 2015 - photo 7 by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me

Oh Oahu

Oh Oahu

Hi to all! Feels like forever since my last post on the the New Year. The festivities are officially over and I’m slowly returning blogging again. I caught a very bad cold and cough and spend more than three weeks inside the house in a quarantine mood, between bed and couch, so weak that was impossible to do anything. The cough was the worst part and took a lot of energy out of me and hurt the stomach and throat.

I’m feeling so much better now and have my strength back, working almost full time with new projects and in process of updating the new Bella Bohemian Boutique since this year we are celebrating our 10th anniversary. Stay tuned in the meantime don’t forget to stop by for your Valentine’s Day gifts  😉

Last year we had a wonderful trip to Hawaii where I wrote a few posts about Maui (Part 1, Part 2) our first stop. Since I hadn’t had the time to continue to write my adventures, today I’ll start the first post of the year to continue the story in photos and words of this beautiful island.

Waikiki Sky -1 photo by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me

After Maui we were very pleased to be in Ohau. Though to my surprise the island was very busy with a lot of tourists from everywhere especially Asians. We went around the end of September to the middle of October, thinking there would be less people … Also the weather was temperamental from one Island to the other. One side was a pretty with blue skies, the other side was hot and humid without any wind. (This time we stayed in Kailua)

Soon we left Kailua and drove to visit Waikiki where we had (what was to us ) this unusual experience as we hit a strong rain storm that shook the Jeep, it was unlike anything else I’ve ever seen before and with thunder too.

Father & son fishing together - 2 photo by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me
I adore this photo of father and son fishing together. I had to stop by and take it. I took a few shots but this one was the closest I could get. I didn’t want to disturb or even intrude on their moment.
Waikki beach - 3 photo by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me
Beautiful day in the blue water on Waikiki beach.
Waikki - 4 model Naomi photo by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me
I saw this lovely lady modeling/photographed for a wedding bridal boutique on the streets of Waikiki. And she graciously let me take this photo. Thank you Naomi!!
Dole Plantation - 5 photo by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me
Dole Pineapple Plantation.
Lovely statue - 6 photo by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me
I’m fascinated by the beauty of this statue.
Red-crested Cardinal - 8 photo by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me
It wasn’t easy to take this photo, took me a lot of patience and waiting for a while — Red-crested Cardinal.