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If you haven’t already planned a trip to New Zealand for this winter (which of course is their summer), it may be too late. However, you could have a second-best chance to visit Queenstown if you use this picture as an escape to a place where majestic mountains surround a clear lake.
Lean on the rail of TSS Earnslaw, a 1912 Edwardian vintage twin screw steamer plying the clear waters of Lake Wakatipu. It is the biggest boat on the lake, and the largest steamship built in New Zealand.
Incidentally, transporting the Earnslaw to the lake was no easy task. Built in Dunedin, she needed to be dismantled and moved over the mountains by rail and reassembled each quarter-inch steel hull plate at a time.
As you stand at the rail, you might be interested in knowing that a number of famous people have enjoyed the ride, from Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip, President Bill Clinton, the Japanese Emperor and Empress, to the King and Queen of Belgium and the Prince of Thailand.
In other words, you would be in good company taking this trip, if only in your imagination.
What might happen if you told someone with whom you are having problems that you’d like to take them on this well-known ship and talk about the things that have troubled you?
And what might you share with a good friend or relative who needs a bit of pleasure in his or her life?