It was a busy weekend for my husband, David, and I as we went to pick up my sister in law and her husband at Auckland airport on Saturday morning. We drove to Hamilton to attend the wedding of David's cousin in the afternoon.
The wedding was so beautiful, I could see that the bride and groom were so in love and happy together, that brought back memories of our own wedding more than a year ago.
The celebrations continued until late in the evening. Unfortunately I could not stay until the end as I was too tired.
It's almost my birthday, so on Sunday morning I organised a family brunch at Momento cafe on Victoria Street. It is a small cafe, with tasty food, great coffee, and a nice atmosphere. I ordered the big breakfast and a cappuccino, and was totally impressed. In fact, I was enjoying my food so much that I forgot to take any pictures. That explains why I have not displayed any photos of my birthday brunch. I will visit this cafe again and will take many photos. David and his mum loved their waffles. My sister in law ordered the Mo burger, while her husband was a bit adventurous and ordered the jungle curry.
I had difficulty deciding which cafe to choose. I searched for reviews on tripadvisor, zomato and localist for the best cafe in Hamilton, and I was overwhelmed with the results. I felt like I wanted to stay in Hamilton for a week to try every cafe. There are so many cafes with amazing reputations, like: The River Kitchen, Victoria Street Bistro, Furnash Cafe, as well as many other cafes that are spread over Hamilton.
After brunch, we decided to visit the Waikato museum that is located across the street from Momento cafe. The museum is smaller than I expected and more like an art gallery because of the impressive number of art collections, especially paintings. Apart from paintings, there are also some exhibitions related to Maori history.
David snapped a picture of me wearing a Maori traditional outfit, which you can see below. Maori were the first people who came to New Zealand, their culture has shaped New Zealand culture.
I was interested in the view from the window of the museum looking out to the Waikato river, so we decided to take a stroll outside.