Fun day at Brisbanes South Bank

Trip Start Jul 30, 2006
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Sunday, December 31, 2006

I have been looking forward to a day like this for a long time.  I was finally able to do some swimming in a pool!!  A few days ago we walked past the beach at South Bank and I told Bart I would really like to come here one day.  So my wish came true, yesterday at lunch.  Jacob told me they were going swimming tomorrow at South Bank.  I asked Lennie if they mind, if we tag along for the day, she said no problem!

We woke up nice and early, had some breakfast, packed our bag and were ready to leave.  They picked us up around 10AM, we first went for a ride to see the new cruise ship dock in Brisbane (Dockside).  It looked like a new hip area in Hamilton, a handful of restaurants, a few shops, movies theater, and great views.  We went back to the car and headed towards Brett's Wharf, where we picked up the City Cat (water taxi) to take us to South Bank.  The ride was nice, the sun was hot, great day to work on our tans.  We even had a chance to take a few pictures that we missed last time.  Seems like everyone was heading to South Bank, there were many stops that we pulled up to and the captain announced we were full and another city cat would arrive in 20 minutes.  We were very lucky to get on at the first stop. 
As the boat pulled up to let us out, you could see all of the people.  What a busy day, I couldn't believe it.  We eventually found a nice little spot under a tree right next to the pool where we hopped in.  I took a little swim, while the kids and Robert snorkeled and played who could find the most treasure (coins and a piece of gold-foil).  We decide to head to the other side of the pool where the beach was.  The water was much warmer in the shallow area.  Jacob and Jacinta were covering their feet in sand, when we asked them if they wanted us to bury them.  Like any child they said -YES!.  We had a good time and soon we were ready for lunch.  We walked along a path that was used during Expo '88, now lined with little restaurants, even a Subway sandwich shop.  But we decide to sit and have a drink with our meal, so we choose Amici's Cafe.  They have everything from pizza, sandwiches, salads, pasta, and there desserts are to die for.  After lunch around 4PM, we decided to call it a day.  On the way back up the Brisbane River we noticed a house on top of a hill that looked like a castle.  Soon we were on a little sightseeing trip looking for this house.  The houses along the way were amazing, huge with pools and great views.  We finally came across the castle, I must say it probably had the best view, smack dab on top of the hill, with high brick walls and a huge front gate and a huge panoramic view of Brisbane.
When we arrived at Nadia and Luke's house, Nadia had prepared a wonderful Indian Curry meal for us.  We had wonderful dessert, ice cream with fruit salad, oh so good.  One of her friends Donnie came over, who just returned from England.  She gave us a bunch of travel tips for Australia, which we desperately needed.  After a great day, we called it a night.  Tomorrow is New Years Eve..
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