I adore the eighties, it’s probably my favourite decade. The earlier half in particular, the clothes, (OMG the clothes!) the make up, the music, the dance moves, such a mixed bag of goodies, this is my go to ‘music’ era after a couple of glasses of vino.
So imagine my sheer excitement when I got invited to see one of the great pop legends of this decade perform. But I know, when I reveal his name (clue there!!) anyone under the age of, say 30, will have that scrunched up look on their face as they utter the immortal words (which sink the heart of us oldies), “whose that?”
Trust me, if you were around in the eighties; or like my daughters, have been indoctrinated with the music since birth; you would’ve been as excited as me on receiving the invitation. But ….. I jump ahead of myself, now in the words of another great song (albeit before the 80’s) … let’s start at the very beginning.
And wow, it’s a hot one! Thankfully, the taxi had air con which cooled me and my three fellow explorers on the short journey from the airport to the Crowne Plaza. Unfortunately, because of those delays, we had to postpone our planned tour of the hotel. This was a shame, because on first site this refurbished property had a very intimate reception area, housing a bar and lovely bright comfy chairs. So it was coffee on the go and a walk over to our (now first) port of call.
After handing back my fashion accessories (eat your heart of Gucci and Chanel) it was time to sit back, relax and enjoy the serene surroundings of the river Avon as we were steered along the river by an Edwardian attired punter. This was a perfect end to our day; unting along, watching the ducks and being informed by the knowledgeable chap at the end of the boat about our surrounds. When you go to Christchurch this is a must. Punting on the Avon runs throughout the year, Winter or Summer!
We walked in the beautiful afternoon sun back to our hotel, where we had time to check in, and go spruce up for the evening’s entertainment. My room was really lovely and comfortable, and as I have now come to expect from the Crowne Plaza brand, was complete with Nespresso machine, slippers and dressing gowns (I don’t ask for much!). My room with a view was large and bright and had a massive bed for me to collapse into later on. A quick shower and change and I was downstairs to meet up with our hosts.
Snr Event Executive, Auaha