We have now arrived in Christchurch after a full day on the road from Blenheim.
A day of beauty and anticipation of the devastation we will see here in Christchurch.
Our guide is from this city and said that, "Christchurch has lost her soul."
The earthquake that struck on Feb. 22, 2011 @ 12:51 p.m. was a magnitude of 6.3 with a depth of 5km.
Most of the CBD (Central Business District) has been destroyed as well as neighborhoods nearby.
This was our first 'sobering' view as we passed by.
Most streets are closed to traffic.
Buildings are either just sitting, partially torn down or gone with only empty lots left as a reminder.
A happy and joyful bunch of people turned quiet and somber as we witnessed the devastation.
We eventually reached our hotel, the Copthome Commodore Hotel Christchurch, which was spared any serious damage. There are only a few hotels open these days!
Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand
November 25, 2012