Thursday, August 12, 2010

Adventures in the land of pineapples - Brisbane

We made it to Brisbane from Nambour safely. We had not anticipated the peak hour traffic trying to drive into the city and it was a little stressful. E was handling the GPS and I was trying to drive. At one point I ended up being forced to turn left off the road that we were on but apart from that we managed to make it. It was not clear to me where to park outside the hotel so E ran inside to organise parking.

There was an initial hiccup with our hotel room - we ended up with one queen sized bed - but they were happy enough to change that for us and our new room had two double sized beds. Bliss! We were both weary and ventured only as far as the hotel restaurant for our dinner.

The next morning we awoke to a foggy city. The view out of our bedroom window was a little obscured but it did not deter us from our plan to vist Mount Coot-tha.

Breakfast was at Mount Coot-tha. What a view to enjoy with your bacon and eggs!

After dropping off the hire car in the city we wandered aimlessly. Okay, that is not entirely true. I did have a basic idea of the layout of Brisbane from when I had last visited, however they did not have their prison at that time. (See here for reference to Perth's prison.)

It was warm enough and sticky enough for E to go for a paddle at the beach. Brisbane has this awesome artificial beach on their river edge where you can paddle and take a dip and enjoy the water. It is at Southbank, just near the Arts Precinct. I am jealous. Where is Perth's?

We tired ourselves out and went back to the hotel room for a snooze. Refreshed, we headed to the city for the brisStyle indie twilight market, shopping and dinner. The market was great, the weather was perfect and there was a lovely variety of stalls. E remarked that it was great to go to a market and to see completely different and new stalls!

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