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Head in the Clouds

Wednesday 16th September 2015

I think that both of us had felt so comfortable staying with Richard and Cheryl that it was going to be sad to leave. Prior to being there I had gone off staying in B & B's due to the lack of privacy and the enforced social contact, if that doesn't sound too antisocial. But at Avocado Sunset the couple had been attentive when you needed them to be, but the rest of the time you felt like you were just able to get on with what you wanted to do without any interruption. They didn't want to gain access to the room to make the bed, or not unless you wanted them to, so there presence seemed unobtrusive. I suppose it also helped that the house was so lovely and in such a great position. We needed to pack up and also get the car ready for return so it was helpful not to have to check out until 10:30am. Over another delicious and leisurely breakfast I asked some advice from Cheryl about posting things home, as we had a few souvenirs and gift items as well as some clothes that we hadn't been wearing. They had to dash off after breakfast was finished, but I did joke with them as they were leaving that they might come back to find the locks changed. We made the short drive into town and to the post office, and with some help we packaged up our things, filled in the customs declaration, hopeful that our stuff would arrive back in the UK in about 3 months time. We still had time for a coffee before we left the mountain and got on our way.

I was hoping for some different scenery, but in reality it was much as it had been on our other journeys in south and eastern Australia with open countryside and eucalyptus forests. There were also more roadworks with more trees being uprooted which was sad to see. Within about 45 minutes we were in the suburbs of Brisbane and without any real issues we arrived at our hotel ready to drop off our bags. Despite it only being 1pm, our room was ready, so having temporarily parked the car in the hotel car park we checked in and made our way to the room. Following my upgrade a few says previously we were rewarded with a room on the 69th floor. Scarily high but with amazing views of the river and the mountains to the west.

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Once we had settled in we took the car back the short distance to the car hire depot. We followed our established routine and I nipped out and checked where we needed to park, while Nigel stayed in the car.

Once hand over had taken place we went to a cafe a couple of doors up for some lunch and in order to orientate ourselves. We decided to take a slightly longer route back to the hotel, walking through the City Botanic Gardens,

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over the pedestrian/ cycling/ skateboarding Goodwill Bridge staying as close as possible to the left hand side in order to avoid the speeding Brisbanites and their wheels. We then made our way along the South Bank

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past the city beach and the gardens, all the way up to the much quieter Kutilpa footbridge, with great views of our hotel as we went.

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The south bank has been made into a great space and the beach a lovely place for adults and children alike to swim and splash about. By the time we had got back to our room we had probably walked a couple of miles in the warm Brisbane heat so we were quite tired and ready for a well earned cup of tea. Neither of us particularly felt like going out to eat and in the end we were able to get a Thai curry delivered to our rooms. The weather had become increasingly stormy and there were some very thunderous looking clouds over the city.

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As it became dark this turned to thunder and lightening and then later quite heavy rain. It was fascinating looking out of our windows and looking down on some of the clouds swirling below us. It was yet another city night-scape photo opportunity, in between getting some much needed washing done.

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Posted by Gill's Travels 03:29 Archived in Australia

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