Monday 23 May 2016

Great Journeys start with Small Steps

The main hall of
Auckland International Airport

The aeroplane is the Percival Gull which belonged to

Jean Batten - an early New Zealand aviatrix in the 1930's.

She made the first-ever solo flight 

from England to New Zealand in 1936.

What a great achievement!

I'm joining Jeanne for Blue Monday

Take care and
be kind to one another

à bientôt


Thank you all for your visits.


  1. Indeed a great achievement in those days! Your photos do remember me when we arrived at Auckland airport almost 18 years ago. I wish to visit New Zealand again....

  2. How enterprising to have these signs and the plane at the airport. I must admit I haven't heard of Jean Gull but she must rank with Amy Johnson and Amelia Earheart in the annals of pioneer aviation.

  3. Great words and wonderful pictures.........
    wishing you a lovely new week, dear Shane!
    Sending Loveessings,
    Claudia xo and hugs and bl

  4. You have a special home airport. I love our home airport, too.

  5. Truly enjoyed a visit to your great part of the world sometime ago. However, did not see this plane.

  6. I like those signs. Airports are so interesting these days with things that draw one to find out more about the city/country they represent. Have a great week Shane. xx Pam

  7. Interesting post. Love the airport sign and the plane. Have a blessed day. Madeline

  8. That's a good quote Shane. Inspiring! Just a few small steps start it all.

  9. Well that is a great reason to have a plane in the middle of the terminal!

  10. Thanks for that, Shane. That display must have gone up since I was there in January. It's quite inspirational as well as a great tribute to Jean Batten.

  11. Dearest Shane,
    Oh my, Jean Batten was very courageous for a lady living in the 1930s!
    What times have changed since than.
    Sending you hugs,

  12. Hello Shane, I agree, it is pretty amazing to see a plane hanging from the ceiling. In the Aeronautical Museum in Washington DC. there is a lot of planes etc. hanging from the ceiling. A wonderful place to visit. Love your post today.



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