But another thing struck me - even the smaller places we visited had war-memorials. I don't know why this surprised me, but it did. The UK and Australia have many such memorials - but to see them in such a small country, so far away from the places where the soldiers fought was a real eye-opener.
Once again I could not help but think that the loud mouthed (almost aways) men who wage war from their offices never really have to bear the cost. I also cannot help but think that this poster may be of use in the four years to come.
The first images are from Wellington's Museum and War Memorial, the next from Karekare Beach (which is the black sand beach from previous) posts and the last image is from a walk around the edges of Marlborough Sound, nr. Picton on the South Island.
I dont often post post such as this - but sometimes we need to face facts and there are no convenient alternatives.
You can find more shots from around the world at Our World Tuesday.