Playing tourist

I played tourist today.

I live five minutes away from the city of Brisbane by road but this being a lazy Sunday I thought I’d take the City Cat and travel to the city by river.  City Cat’s run up and down the Brisbane river and it’s a lovely way to travel.

City Cat heading down stream on Brisbane river

Here’s a close up of the Cat as it pulls in ready to take me into the city.

My City Cat arrives

I didn’t time the journey but it was probably about twenty minutes as the river meanders around the New Farm peninsula. I alighted in the city centre (how handy is that!) and made a visit to the city library where I loaded myself up with magazines and DVD’s.

Time for a coffee at the Shingle Inn where I took advantage of one of their comfortable armchairs overlooking Brisbane Square then a stroll along the mall where I came upon these dancers. They were terrific and a good crowd soon gathered, all the iphones were whipped out as folk started snapping away.

Further down the mall the Queensland Wind and Brass Band had drawn a crowd.

Queensland Wind and Brass Band

There was another reason for visiting the city. No tourist should be without a decent camera and I had decided to check them out.  And here it is. Watch out for amazing photographs – just gotta get that instruction book out ……

My new toy

It was a lovely way to spend the day. It’s easy to take our home patch for granted, sometimes it’s just good to get out there and do the ‘tourist’ thing.

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11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Heidi @ lightlycrunchy
    Sep 16, 2012 @ 22:19:33

    Looks like a day well spent!

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  2. Gracie O
    Sep 17, 2012 @ 04:43:04

    I played tourist through your photos. I have always wanted to go to Australia.

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  3. Chris
    Sep 17, 2012 @ 11:36:58

    Looks like you had a great day Jean. I’m envious of your new camera I am hoping Santa might deliver me one this Christmas my little camera has seen better days.

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  4. narf77
    Sep 17, 2012 @ 12:08:49

    I agree Jean…we live in a lovely part of Australia but you don’t “look” at your surroundings after a while…they are just “there”. Cheers for sharing your lovely vista! Queensland is definately in the bucket list…still not too sure when to set my tender feet onto Queensland soil as I HATE humidity so I would have to pick my time. Cheers for another lovely post 🙂

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    • Allotment adventures with Jean
      Sep 17, 2012 @ 13:49:04

      Thanks for your kind words Fran. If you hate humidity make sure you don’t venture here during the summer months (obviously). Spring and autumn is the way to go.

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      • narf77
        Sep 17, 2012 @ 13:51:31

        Point taken Jean! BUT…I bet the tropical fruit is seasonally ONLY available when its stinky hot and humidity ridden isn’t it? Thats my bucket list item “Eat your weights worth of tropical fruit in Queensland”…

  5. Susan
    Sep 29, 2012 @ 09:53:51

    Wow, heaps of action through the mall Jean!

    You made a great choice of camera! I’ve just been reading a Digital Photography review of it. Fantastic zoom range and macro mode – you will have fun indeed and great capabilities for whatever takes your fancy. Happy snapping :D)
    Oh yes, just when you think you’ve learnt all there is to know… there’s still more things to learn – I think those pages breed within the instruction books, lol !!

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