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December 16, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

Jo and I agree, this is the first place that we actually feel we could live in, with just the right mix of cosmopolitan city, accessible greenery, culture, restaurants, architecture and generally feel good vibe.

We are on the 19th floor and the view is amazing, nice to see OZ in 3D rather than the flat 2D that characterises most towns, especially at night when the cars stream around below and the place has a nice busy vibe.


the nice police lady took the picture from her horse - also the new model from Chanel

During the day, the place is just as attractive, while we were there in the buildup to Christmas there was even more going on; street camels, performers, artists (a bit generous!), Christmas trees and nativity scenes, as well as the frenetic head down ferreting around of the last minute shoppers panic buying anything just to get the parcel under the tree.

views at night from our sun room

our super cool appartment

beds like football pitches

The south bank is the arts hub, and provides a real cultural shot in the arm in an otherwise pretty culturally devoid country. The new contemporary art museum a particular hit with the sticker room – a modern day artistic whoopee cushion – hardly original but still fun. This trip was then tied in with a trip around the ferris wheel , past the rude carvings on the timber temple to the open air swimming/water play area. Whilst pretty cold (blue lips and shivering in 10 minutes), the water play area was a huge load of fun.

the old and new look like a photoshop collage

the sticker room - a lot of fun

watch the children slowly turn blue - after the tropics, Brisbane was a little chilly

With all of this we spent a very happy few days, borrowing bikes to travel up the river and getting our first glimpse of what the aussies get up to at Christmas – BBQ food and drink mainly. We also passed the old WW2 docks, and also got to see some of the areas flooded last Christmas, although much of it is now completely fixed.

pre-christmas BBQ's are all the rage

Brissie probably had our poshest accommodation and most cultured environment in Oz to date and we were sad to leave it behind but we had to go – there was surfing to be done.


and finally - after sailing across the Pacific in little more than a bath tub, this is how you are treated if you arrive here without a VISA - shocking but funny in a cruel kind of way. Google the boat - it is tiny!



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  1. Bambula Indijana xxx and kiwi Pauli
    December 31, 2011 at 8:23 am

    Love the playroom, camels on the al fresco cat walk, and seeing kids in XXL bed instead of a tent …for a change…and I also like that fact that “Happy” was the same age as me!…getting Old… 🙂

    HAPPY NEW YEAR to you all…

    Jana, Paul, Kuba, Jozka and Helenka xxx

  2. March 10, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    Ahoj Alane Jsou to moc krásné fotky , děti si to asi užívají Franta

    • March 14, 2012 at 12:24 pm

      Diky. Je to tady moc pekne, ale australia je bez kulturi. Indie je neco jineho!

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