I hated to hear about the terrible quake in Christchurch, New Zealand with 100+ casualties. I can't get my mind around these natural disasters that have taken so many innocent lives and caused so many to suffer.
The tall tower of the Cathedral toppled and is completely destroyed.
Christchurch has such historic charm with an amazing downtown area. Andrew and I just hung out in the centre watching the locals meet up after work while the old red tram cars made their stops. Recent pictures show debris piled up throughout the downtown area.
I found this pic online of the local Culture Center that used to be Canterbury University. We had lunch here in the cutest cafe. Like some of the other buildings, it's a Gothic Revival structure with a courtyard located in the middle. There was the most amazing fudge factory with an 'all you can eat tour' in a section of the building as well. It was full of specialty shops with unique crafts, soaps, and so forth.
Gondola rides on the Avon River. The Botanical Gardens are currently have refugee camps and stations set up. It's hard to imagine the chaos as that was such a peaceful romantic place for us.
God speed those suffering and preservation efforts of this great city.