Grand Asia Brisbane

Day 15 – November 9, 2012 – Brisbane, Australia

What a pretty place! The meandering Brisbane River defines the contours of this city. We had a full day here. Although we’re home now, the Amsterdam is still docked, and we won’t pull out until 10:30 tonight.

We shopped in the ritzy district, rode the bus out to the koala sanctuary, and strolled through the beautiful botanical gardens. Perfect weather… well, it rained on us a couple of times, but it wasn’t cold, and we dried right out.

Koala

What fun to see the koalas and kangaroos. We had a sheep dog demonstration, and saw sheep shearing. Brisbane kicked off Christmas tonight in their shopping area, so we heard live music, saw Santa arrive in a convertible, with children all decked out in Christmas costumes. We drank coffee and had expensive pudding at a “Pig ‘n’ Whistle Pub” out on the sidewalk.

Brisbane Coffee

The prettiest part of the day was the time we spent walking through the beautiful Queen’s Park next to the grand Parliament building. Just a beautiful climate, gorgeous flowering trees everywhere… with remarkable violet blossoms. We never feel as adventurous as we do in non-English speaking countries… but it’s always nice to feel so safe and have no one trying to force you to buy a trinket! (ha ha.. I take that back. There was that Israeli girl in the mall who was determined to sell me a mineral mask!)

Day 16 – November 10, 2012 – At Sea

Mongolian Lunch

Gray skies, more reading. An incredible Mongolian Barbecue feast for the noon meal on the Lido. With the chefs dressed in Chinese finery cooking my cabbage, then another man chopping fresh avocado and pineapple for me… live music on the keyboard, Indonesian decorations – just for the day… I get overwhelmed. Almost to tears.  So thankful this is my life.

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