The Big City

Trip Start Sep 08, 2011
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Trip End Mar 14, 2012


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Saturday, February 4, 2012

Next we continued into Brisbane to explore for the day. A lot of money was pumped into the city and it's never looked back. After circling downtown looking for cheap parking to no avail we grudgingly paid $40 for the day. We were off looking for a pub to catch the 2nd half of superbowl but sat down to the Giants parading the Superbowl around and the highlights. The beer was cold and it proved a fine spot. From here we explored the downtown area seeing the sights such as City Hall with it's 92m Italian renaissance clock tower (which was closed due to a 3+ year reno which was funny in that it was called the million pound town hall due to it's original huge and controversial construction cost), Treasury Building (now a casino), and the 1868 French Renaissance-style Parliment House. From here we toured the Queensland Museum and then were off on our walking journey including a trip through the South Bank which was the show case for Expo 88, this included an inner-city beach that the girls enjoyed doing laps in their underwear, wow what amazing little swimmers. The walk continued along the Brisbane River for what now was a little longer than planned carrying the 2 kids for literally a few miles but it was beautiful along the river and a perfect temperature plus some much needed exercise. The walk culminated with our walk across the Story Bridge at dusk, built between 1935 & 40), with stunning views of the city and thank goodness none of us were afraid of heights. Poor Victoria was starved and of course no quick restaurant in sight but on the flip side got to enjoy the night time views of the bridge.
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