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Cottages of Akaroa: Rue Balguerie

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Comments (11)

jeff_msn123 on February 6, 2011

I wish I could have one. So beautiful. LIKE

Cheers, Jeff

Ian Stehbens on February 7, 2011

Hi Jeff,

When I read your comment in my email inbox I thought you might have been referring to the photo of mushrooms/fungi in the tree base! I was going to ask what these particular mushrooms are used for in Chinese tradition. But it is this cottage in the forested coastal village that has taken your fancy!

I am sure you will find there are some for sale!

And NZ is probably still welcoming business migrants from HK, otherwise you can book this house for a week or two. See the notice on the fence.

Warm regards,


bdeh on February 7, 2011

Very nice cottage and picture Ian. Greetings Berend

Maja Weidemueller on February 7, 2011

Lovely cottage Ian, tempting indeed. Looks a bit like Scandinavia as you will find out one day :)

~~~ Maja ~~~

ƤōƝƓ on February 8, 2011

Very lovely cottage. LIKEd But why was the street named in French?

Ian Stehbens on February 9, 2011

Dear Berend,

Greetings and thanks. Plenty of opportunities here for B&B accommodation, or longer holidays. And a delightful part of NZ.


Ian Stehbens on February 9, 2011

Timber is the principal and traditional building material in much of NZ as in Scandinavia. Four roomed cottages with hip roof and verandah are now almost heritage items in NZ, and as you see here they are now no longer the simple dwellings of people on quite low incomes but investment properties that have been rejuvenated for tourism.

Which of the two do you prefer on your itinerary, Maja?


Ian Stehbens on February 9, 2011

Thanks for you appreciative response to this, Ah-pong. This village began as a French settlement, and streets have French names. The French navigators and traders were active in the South Pacific and there was quite a bit of rivalry between the British and the French. That rivalry is the reason behind the British sending a fleet to Australia (Sydney) in 1787-8 and then sending a ship load on to Norfolk Island in 1788, before the French did!! The French did colonise significant parts of the South Pacific (Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Tahiti, Futuna, etc.

Apart from the street names there is not much evidence any longer of Akaroa's French connection. The British had claimed NZ before the French settlers arrived at Akaroa.

Warm regards,


ƤōƝƓ on February 9, 2011

Hi Ian, thank you indeed for your very informative reply.

Best regards to Australia & NZ, ah-p☺ng

reza pourhaji on February 10, 2011

Hi dear friend Ian

That’s really awesome shot. Well down.

I like it

i have best wish to you. Reza

Ian Stehbens on February 18, 2011

Thanks Reza. Good to meet you here in my gallery.

Warm regards from Australia,


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