Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Family Reunion in Australia - Day 5

Day on the Brisbane River

Monday, 24 October 2016

I woke up feeling rested. After a tasty breakfast of local fruits and yogurt (including blueberries, strawberries, honeydew melon, papaya, blood orange, passion fruit) Rosalyn and Julie (Neil’s wife) came over for a visit. 

I was able to have a delightful chat one on one with Rosalyn and getting to know more about her and her family. 

After they left, we drove to Northshore Hamilton to catch the CityCat Ferry Service. 

Eileen and I loved the wind blowing threw our hair. The curvy river was a great first round about tour of the city of Brisbane.

We stopped halfway into the city at the South Bank Parklands for lunch. There were ibis birds (like our pigeons and seagulls) all over the place begging for any food scraps any diners would leave behind. There were signs telling us NOT to feed the ibis.

We got back on the ferry to the other end which ended at the  University of Queensland where we turned around back to where we started. The river weaves around the city equaling around 30 miles/48km in 90 minutes. Thus, we traversed 60 miles in three hours with lunch in between. 

Thank you, Jenni and Mike, for a spectacular day on the river!

As we returned to the Northshore Hamilton Ferry station, I was mesmerized by the sidewalk carvings. Here are a few.

We returned to a wonderful steak dinner that Mike grilled on the “barby” for us.

Future post: On Friday, with another cousin, I take a second trip to Brisbane, but this time walking about this glorious city.

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