The Travelling Blondie

The Traveling Blondie phrase is in the URL of a blog dreamt up by true to form Nichole, from small town USA. Her passion is travelling to different places around the world and writing up her experiences so as to help other travellers following in her footsteps.  Nichole’s aim is to supply no nonsense travel information in the form of her cool blog which helps readers make informed choices without trawling through Trip Advisor, Expedia, Booking dot Com etc and getting confused or overwhelmed with information. And above all it is unbiased, honest and more importantly- not promoted for financial gain.

Perhaps understandably, her world travel blog’s menu covers Oceania and included in the drop down menu is  NEW ZEALAND: CHRISTCHURCH AND SUMNER BEACH-THE SOUTH ISLAND’S HIDDEN GEMEven Le Petit Hotel gets a mention,  being described as “an adorable bed and breakfast with great customer service” and that “it’s a 2-minute walk to the beach”.

Nichole has collated an amazing number of beautiful images of her travels around the South Island including some taken on Sumner Beach, and her suggested 10 day itinerary would be one of the best I’ve seen yet.  I particularly like the concise information that she provides, together with relevant photos of exciting and interesting places and activities no one should leave out of their brief look at the South Island of New Zealand.

Sumner Beach, Christchurch, gets singled out for a special mention by Nichole as the South Island’s hidden gem – quaint, quiet and perfect.

Sumner, Scarborough beach, The Traveling Blondie
Quaint, quiet & perfect, Sumner’s Scarborough Beach

Congratulations Nichole, The Traveling Blondie,  on a blog well done! We appreciate your kind words about Sumner Beach, Christchurch as well as the rest of the South Island places that you have mentioned .

I will be following your travels.

Safe , happy voyages where ever you go.

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Winter Blue Skies in Sumner Christchurch

For Sumner Village visitors, Le Petit Hotel guests and suburb residents alike, there is no arguing that the shortest day of the year has past, and despite a few frosts, the weather has been simply amazing.  Daytime temps have reached 15-16 degrees Celcius, paraglider customers and model aircraft enthusiasts have been out in force, using the local Heathcote Ferrymead park as a rendevous point. Dog walkers have also been making the most of the pleasant clear blue sky winter days, either on the beach or in nearby parks.  Many of our guests, blessed with the good weather have headed out for walks to either Taylors Mistake or Godley Heads. However I’m told that things will change soon. It is winter after-all!

Le Petit Hotel manager Martine Marshall is currently in the south of France, enjoying time with family and friends, but in totally different climatic conditions…where daytime temperatures have soared into the 40’s C.

It’s fair to say that our hotel accommodation is known globally and locally for 3 things especially, and those being its french style, the morning fresh croissants, and the resident Scottish Terrier– known as Kara….which is Scottish vernacular for “beloved”.  However Kara is approaching 10 years this October…and her health has had its ups and downs lately.  As you can imagine we are given her a lot of attention at the moment. Frequent visits to the vet are the normal, as are the antibiotics she takes.  However the mild winter so far has been a bonus in that Kara can get to enjoy the sunshine and socialise with other dogs at the Ferrymead Park. 

Meanwhile back outside Le Petit Hotel and in Sumner village,  contractors are working steadily on the new roading surfaces, sorting out drainage issues, and even planting some more trees along Marriner Street and Wakefield Avenue in the village. Hurrah! I’m an unashamed tree-lover.  Sumner is going to look better than ever….in time for the new visitor season which for us starts in September.

Let’s all enjoy our winter whether it’s cold, wet or the blue sky stuff that we have been seeing lately.

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The New Year: 2019, Le Petit Hotel’s approach.

We are all talking about how fast 2018 has disappeared, and how quickly the New Year is appearing, and in the mix has been the discussions on December’s changeable at best, weather.

Certainly some of those farmers growing grain crops are probably very happy and looking forward to a hot & dry January February period now…the rain would have done its magic.   There may be thousands of cows out in the paddocks now, but when at least my ancestors arrived, they seized the moment, and worked 6 days on farms that were predominantly grain producing…particularly in North, South and Mid Canterbury. Yes there were cow farms, but not on the scale we see now, owned by conglomerates. It was also saddening to read a few days ago in the Washington Post that many dairy farmers in the US are essentially being driven off their land by the concentration of and buy-outs of small farm holdings, so what appears to be a global movement, is affecting many many ordinary , you could say middle  income people…not necessarily for the common good, but rather for an increasingly smaller group of already wealthy people. What does the reported Chinese proverb say…”May you live in interesting times” ..maybe not the best times! Certainly none of us can accurately anticipate  what the New Year will bring in terms of ever increasing changes in society, industry and science.

If you are reading this post, you may have noticed our very new mobile/smart phone/tablet compatible format, which we hope meets both Google’s  business system requirements and at the same time makes it easy for travellers to seek us out. Early indications just over a handful of days, suggests that our improved web presence is both productive and a welcome one. I believe that Google has indicated that more than 60% of Web searches at least initiated on small hand held devices now.

Many of our guests will be familiar with the Le Petit Hotel formula and part of that, a very important part,  is the presence of our beloved Scottish Terrier. We have our serious concerns at the moment about her health and we are pouring in the TLC at the moment….however again from a global perspective, the genetic pool for genuine Scottish Terriers is quite depleted, and worldwide many do not live to grand ages, because of their predisposition to the big C. Rest assured we are giving her our very best .

The period between Xmas and the New Year is a strange one from many aspects..and in particular for “Kiwis”,who like birds of a feather, migrate to other parts of the country trying to catch the long hot Sumner in the right place at the right time. So its appropriate that we should at this point wish every one, including our incoming and departing guests a very happy, safe and even prosperous, New Year.

 

 

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Good Vibes within Le Petit Hotel Sumner Christchurch

Good Vibes

We see a large proportion of international guests choosing to stay with us; from Antarctica staff on leave, to very interesting travellers from Norway, Russia, Latvia, & Estonia, to name just a few far distant countries.

And so it was that a few days ago, a couple who spent 2 nights with us as guests, gave us a quick review on-line with 10/10 plus the comment that the place had good vibes. That was a new one for Martine & myself, but we would be the first to acknowledge that there is good karma within the walls of Le Petit Hotel, and our current Scottie dog Kara and her predecessor Maggie , are in part responsible for setting the hospitality standard.

Good Vibes Kara
Just quiet surveillance in the long grass at Ferrymead Park.
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Conversational French tuition: Le Petit Hotel

 Conversational French

A stay in Le Petit Hotel accommodation in Sumner is different to AirBnB or motel stays especially if you are proposing a future trip to France. Why not seize the chance to either gain some Conversational French skills or just practice what you already know.

When you stay at Le Petit Hotel, you have that opportunity especially during le petit déjeuner.

Le Petit Hotel, Sumner is managed by Martine & Bruce. France is Martine’s home country but is a resident here in New Zealand and has been a French language teacher for many years.  Along with her Consular work and translation services, Martine also provides casual tuition in French.

 

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We are back to posting from Le Petit Hotel

Christchurch’s earthquakes have been very serious disruptors ( of life as we all knew it). Seven years on now (2018) and the reminders of what was, and what’s to come, in terms of the rebuild of Christchurch City, still affects us all greatly. Traffic guidance orange road cones have become the norm around the city as infrastructure and roading repairs/changes continue. The addition of cycle ways to the city roading network has created a lot of both positive and negative discussion particularly where the introduction of these dedicated mini cycle lanes has resulted in narrowed roads for both cars and trucks. One can suspect that much of this civil work may have to be undone when self guidance EV cars and buses make their appearance in the next decade . Roading design then will be concentrated on the removal of road lane encumberances such as the jut outs, now common place in the city, and street corners and intersections will also require simplification.

Here in Sumner, by the sea, we have a lot to be thankful for, including a community spirit that is alive and well, good local shopping for the essentials of life, and a view of the Pacific Ocean with a lovely beach to walk on while contemplating the meaning of life!  And then there are Sumner’s dogs, and I would suggest that our village has a lot of caring dog owners in residence who can be seen religiously street walking or beach walking their companions each day.

Of course I couldn’t let this post go by without mentioning that our own much loved Scottie dog…Kara , now about 9 years old, who is still performing her unique mix of meet and greet at the front door, security duties, and general icebreaker and conversation starter as required, in the hotel lounge. Simply put, we would not be without her. Such is the global interest in Scottish Terriers, there is a closed group on FaceBook called “Adopted by Scotties”.

 

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Scottish Terrier, permanent resident manager, Le Petit Hotel

 

Clan Scottish Terrier!

Scottish Terrier Kara
Not really sleeping..but keeping an eye on things.

As Le Petit Hotel’s Scottish Terrier , it’s a while since I’ve been in touch with the wider world…& much has happened in both Sumner and Christchurch . I’ve grown up fast and the earthquakes are supposedly behind us, the experts say, but I am still anxious when I hear strange noises. I’m  now 9 years old, and my black overcoat is showing some grey hair now!

I’m still performing my hotel guest welcoming routine…racing to reach the front door before Bruce, after the door intercom phone rings, so I can see the new guests first. I really live for my meet & greet job. 

Always at my best,

Kara.

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Le Petit Hotel Accommodation, Boutique French Style

Le Petit Hotel, 16 Marriner Street, Sumner, Christchurch
Le Petit Hotel open 24 hours

Le Petit Hotel accommodation provides boutique French B & B lodgings for all travellers, both domestic and international. The property  is located by the beach in Sumner; the premier seaside suburb of Christchurch.

Unlike most AirBnB properties, managers – Martine and Bruce are on-site 24/7 and are focused on providing genuine hospitality to all guests.  However the privacy of individuals is very much respected when required . Both short & long stay guests are most welcome  at Le Petit Hotel’s unique retreat from the city bustle.

The daily room rate includes a served French breakfast and the hotel has free high speed data/WiFi services throughout the complex. The en-suite accommodation rooms are most suitable for 2 adults.

 

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