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Old 07-07-2018, 11:06 AM   #1
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2 weeks in Brisbane

Earlier this year I went with my wife to Australia again where she had a work project. We spent a 10 days in Brisbane, then went to Emerald for 2 weeks and back to Brisbane for another 4 days. Then we spent 9 days in Sydney and the Hunter Valley before flying home.

I liked Brisbane, we had an apartment right in the heart of the business district. My wife and the PM from her company could walk to the Rio Tinto office a half block away. I spent my days exploring, dining out, and sight seeing.

Here are a few highlights of our stay.
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Old 07-07-2018, 11:08 AM   #2
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Lots of art in the downtown area.
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Old 07-07-2018, 11:12 AM   #3
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We had a great view from our room on the 16 floor. City living seems strange to me, you can see people in the next building going about their daily routines. I felt like Jimmie Stewart in "Rear Window". And I guess they could see us as well, we ate outside on the balcony most evenings.
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I'm always struck by how much Australia looks like Texas to me. It must be the trees.
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I signed up for the free city bike program and took bike rides a couple of times although riding in city traffic can be challenging. I did a few river trips, they have a free ferry service and also a faster catamaran service that has a fare but isn't really expensive. The river is a big part of this city, it floods every few years and there are lots of nice restaurants along the river's edge.
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Queen Street is now just a pedestrian blvd. Lots of shops. There are even tunnels below ground connecting all the buildings and tons of shops and restaurants. I visited the library several times. Great place to rest on a hot day or when a sudden rain shower approached.
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Old 07-07-2018, 11:22 AM   #7
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They also have great parks and a nice botanical garden park
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Old 07-07-2018, 11:31 AM   #8
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I'm always struck by how much Australia looks like Texas to me. It must be the trees.
Or California with the eucalyptus trees.
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Old 07-07-2018, 02:11 PM   #9
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Tidy looking city.
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Old 07-07-2018, 08:45 PM   #10
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Yes, clean as a whistle. You found a lot of interesting spots to shoot, I wonder what those silver balls are about?
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I wonder what those silver balls are about?
They had lots of street art. I saw kids climbing on the big balls, the knobs on them are kind of like the ones on rock walls in gyms.
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Old 07-07-2018, 10:13 PM   #12
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Looks like they're in more than one location. Oh, and being Australia the first picture is looking straight down.
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I was actually lying on my back by the pool when I took that, the buildings around the area were like a big circle. All the shots were done in the central business district area of Brisbane, most within about a 6 block radius. There were several of those big studded balls in the square by the library.
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Yes, clean as a whistle. You found a lot of interesting spots to shoot, I wonder what those silver balls are about?
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Looks like they have a problem with vermin.
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