On our second day in Brisbane after admiring the view from our window we had a lazy breakfast in our room and then got up and ready for a self guided walking tour around the city. I found the walking tour in an old edition of Lonely Planets guide to Queensland but we missed off the last bit looking around the Southbank as we had already seen that the previous evening.
We checked out a lot of beautiful old buildings on our route and stopped in at the Town Hall to take in the views from the clock-tower. After a few false starts we eventually found the lift that lead up to the museum and the entrance to the clock-tower but when we enquired about touring the clocktower we found out the next available tour was not for another hour and as we had book a river cruise for lunch we weren't sure we would have enough time to fit it in so we penciled it in for our next trip along with a visit to the Costumes from the Golden Age of Hollywood exhibition.
Next we headed to the Eagle Street Pier to catch our cruise but arrived a little early so enjoyed a leisurely cup of tea at the Riverbar and Kitchen after which we boarded our paddle steamer for a leisurely cruise and a three course meal aboard the Kookaburra Queen II.
After a few hours floating on the Brisbane river we disembarked and went for a wander around the Botanical Gardens before heading back to our hotel.
I will leave you with a few snaps from our river cruise:
Last week the Hubby and I went for a mini break to Brisbane. We have lived in Ballina for almost 6 months but as of yet had not visited the city so we thought we'd take some time out and see what Brisbane has to offer.
On our first evening after checking into our hotel we took a wander along the Southbank. Our first stop was the Wheel of Brisbane which gave us a stunning birds eye view over the city as well as the audio tour informing us about Brisbane's sites.
Next we went to check out the Balinese pagoda which adorns the garden and wandered more of the bougainvillea covered pathways past Streets Beach and onto Stanley street where we grabbed a spot of dinner at Burger Urge.
At this point we were both a little tired so we wandered back across Goodwill bridge and back to our hotel in time to avoid a thunderstorm that had just blown in.
This week I have been: ♥ Going for a weekend away in Brisbane (which I will blog more about next week) ♥ Taking the kayaks out for a paddle up the river ♥ Calling my Dad for his 60th birthday ♥ Planing a BBQ for Australia Day ♥ Watching Sex Tape
Last week the Hubby and I signed up to Quickflix and the first movie we got was Magic in the Moonlight. I had seen the trailer for the movie and wanted to see it at the cinema but we were too busy when it was released it and seemed to only have a very limited run.
Magic in the Moonlight is a romantic comedy set in the 1920's. Colin Firth plays Stanley aka world renowned illusionist Wei Ling Soo. After his show an old school friend and fellow illusionist Howard Burkan. Howard enlists Stanley to debunk a charlatan mystic named Sophie (played by Emma Stone) who is defrauding a rich family out of money. Stanley is a logical thinker and has debunked mystics in the past.
Stanley goes to the French Rivera to meet Sophie and her pushy mother and the family they are conning. However the more time Stanley spends with Sophie the more he comes to believe that she is the genuine article. Her optimistic attitude rubs of on him and he finds himself falling in love with her.
I loved this movies quirky upbeat feeling. Colin Firth and Emma Stone both put in a fabulous performance and their characters seem to bounce of each other. However I found the story-line a little uninspiring in places and the film is reminiscent of Woody Allen's previous movie Midnight in Paris. Magic in the Moonlight is rather a stylish movie but lacks substance somewhat. However it is a fun lighthearted movie that makes for easy viewing.
This week I have been: ♥ Going out to dinner at the campsite with the French Fairy and co ♥ Watching Magic and the Moonlight with the Hubby (which I will review next week) ♥ Going to the movies to see Into the Woods (and being a little disappointed) ♥ Taking our kayaks out on the lake for a paddle ♥ Booking our accommodation and a river cruise for our mini-trip to Brisbane next week (which I will blog about when I get back)
On Tuesday night the French fairy and co invited us to their cabin to have dinner together. The dinner was an informal dressing up affair with the theme of the dress ups being 'Let creativity go wild!' I didn't have much time to put an outfit together so I clipped all my hair flowers onto a headband and ended up with almost a whole bouquet on my head. I added my fruit earrings to the mix a la Carmen Miranda.
I wore the dress that the French fairy had picked up in the Op shop for me which is yellow with little black bows on. I couldn't decide whether to wear the blue or pink pumps so just opted for one of each!
On display was about 200 cars aging from the 1920's to the 1980's. Events on the day included a wheel-changing competition, colouring-in competitions, oil filter throwing competitions and entertainment from bands Tightrope Alley and Conspiracy of One.
Classic car categories included an entrant's choice, judges' top-10, members' top-15 and people's choice.
Personally I don't know a lot about cars but we had a great day wandering around admiring the beautiful aesthetics and elegance the classic cars and the fabulous funkiness of the hot-rods.
I will leave you with a few snaps of my favourite cars from the day: