Brizzie, BrisVegas, Brisbane – Australian slang for basically I’m going to Brisbane
BRISBANE HERE I COME! YEWWW!
Upon arrival to Brisbane airport, I have to get off the plane and then pay $17.50 to board the train the take me to Central Station in the Brisbane CBD. From Central it is only a quick walk to the hotel that we are staying, and it worked out that I didn’t even need to use my phone for directions because when I exited the train station I just looked up and there it was a very tall building with the words NOVOTEL plastered vertically in 10ft letters…easy peasy.
After a lovely reunion with Patrick after not seeing him for 4 days, we decided to go take a walk through the city before dinner. We ended up going to a little pub on a cool second story balcony that overlooked one of the main streets and ordered a cocktail and a beer.
We planned to go to Jamie Oliver’s famous Jamie’s Italian restaurant. For those of you who do not know Jamie Oliver, he is a British chef with several cookbooks, TV shows and is famous for the so-called “15-minute meal”. The food was sooo good, we ordered wine, had breads and oil for our entree, I ordered the rigatoni as my main and Patrick the Morton Bay Bug pasta special for his. It was unreal I loved every second of the pasta-y goodness. Both of our meals were delicious and I probably could have eaten every other meal there for the rest of the trip. We waddled back up the hill to our hotel where we then decided to lay in bed and watch tv for the rest of the night and accidentally fell asleep by 7:30pm. (we are super lame I know)
We had breakfast at the hotel and then headed out to walk through the Royal Botanical Gardens. The Botanical Gardens were absolutely beautiful, I would highly recommend anyone who is going to Brisbane to walk or ride a bike through them if you visit. At some points during the walk you thought you were in the rain forest others it reminded me of foliage from back home. All around a lovely walk through the gardens was the perfect way to start the day. However, I will say that it got rather hot out and I told Patrick I wanted to go swim in the South Bank Lagoon Pool. So we headed back to the hotel to get our swimsuits and we were off!! (I have been waiting to swim in this pool for ages)
The pool/beach/whatever you want to call it was awesome the water felt amazing and cooled us right off! The lagoon pool is split into 3 sections. The first is the pool, the second is the man-made beach, and the third is like a kids paradise with water squirting everywhere and mechanisms set up to soak you. Basically, it’s a mini water park that you can go to for free, but the best part about it is the view. The lagoon pool/beach is directly next to the Brisbane river and faces the city of Brisbane. So you feel like you are at the beach but you are really looking at and are in the middle of the city and it is the coolest thing ever.
So naturally, like any girl you want to look cute when you are out and about and I had previously decided to wear a tank top with jean shorts… (not sure if any of you can see where this is going yet?) Well after we finished swimming we only had one towel to dry off with and then put our clothes back on. We decided to head back to the CBD to get lunch and catch an afternoon movie. Everything would have been great if I hadn’t chosen to wear jean shorts. I started to get the worst chafe of my life… and let me tell you I don’t think it fully healed till I got back to Newcastle.
That evening after dinner we decided to stop by the Treasury Casino & Hotel to see what all the fuss was about. Well, apparently there wasn’t any fuss because it was the smallest casino I had ever been too (such a disappointment). However, I will say that we put $20 on the pokies (slots) and I won $60, I made Patrick withdraw our winnings immediately and we left the building (I’m not a very good gambler as you can tell).
Saturday, our last day in Brisbane started off with a ferry ride on the Brisbane river. The ferry was so much fun and Patrick and I got to see another part of Brisbane that we wouldn’t have been able to see on foot. We got off the ferry at South Bank and decided we were going to walk to these markets I saw advertised at the hotel. About 10 minutes into our walk I am seriously starting to regret my choice of handbag and the idea of even going to these markets. It is HOT AF. I am sweating like you would not believe even to the point where my shirt is STICKING to my back and I am just imaging that it has that dark colored wet sweat spot on it (so embarrassing). We finally make it to the markets and well its basically closed. At this point I’m like lets go back to the hotel ! I’m over it and I am hot and sweaty. On our way back we detour into the Queensland Museum for some quick AC! It was the most amazing thing I had every felt on my body. Unreal I love modern technology.
Since we were at the already at the museum I coerced Patrick into going into the Queensland Art Gallery and the GOMA (Gallery of Modern Art). Now the difference here between myself and Patrick is that I LOVE ART! Patrick on the other hand thinks that canvases with a solid background and three lines running down the middle of them is not “art” and sculptures of bent metal or wood is just “ridiculous”. We managed to do the quickest look through of two art galleries I think anyone could manage, and I loved every second of it.
After the art galleries we headed back to Queen Street Mall,which is the main shopping street in the whole city. While I was not that into shopping on this trip I did enjoy walking down the street. I ended up going to a bookshop to get a book for the airport and plane ride home. I chose Me Before You by JoJo Moyes, it was a great book I loved it and recommend it to anyone who likes a good story (it may or may not be a tear jerker). Since Patrick and I had exhausted our options in Brisbane we decided to head to the airport 5 hours early… we ended up waiting 3 hours in front of the gate and then 2 hours at the gate before boarding and heading home. We arrived late in Newcastle so glad to be back, but glad we had stayed over in Brisbane we had an amazing time!