March 3, 2013 by tvo320
Hello! Hello! Sorry for my slight silence on the blog. When you have a guest in time, there is just NO down time. My sister Lonnie and I had the most wonderful time together and the only complaint we had is the rain. I felt terrible because Brisbane is the Sunshine State and it supposedly shines for 360 days of the year. Nevertheless, Lonnie was a trooper and it definitely didn’t stop us from seeing all of what Brisbane has to offer! Below are some highlights of Lonnie’s trip.
We heard through the grapevine about a restaurant where the chef will prepare the entire meal in front of you. We had an incredible dinner of roasted chicken, eggplant, and rocket salad with a fig tart for dessert. By the end, we felt like we had just left our friend’s kitchen who just happens to be a trained chef! It was a special evening with new friends who felt like old friends.
Lonnie and I spent the day with my Rotary host family, their children, and grandchildren. They kiddos are darling (as you know from a previous post). Lonnie adored Koko and they ended up picking avocados together in the garden. Lonnie LOVES to pick fruit.
So we had a rainy day and decided to make the most of it by hitting up all the museums near the Cultural Centre. Best idea EVER! We were entertained all day by the Queensland Museum, GOMA, and APT7. We loved the Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT) because it focused on contemporary art of Asia, the Pacific, and Australia. Many of the artists happened to be Vietnamese as well.
We made a trek to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary so that Lonnie could hold a koala! 🙂 She had the best time. Not only did she get to hold a koala, she played with kangaroos all day. We had so much fun here. A definite must see place when visiting Brisbane.
In the center of the city, Brisbane has a beach called Streets Beach. Everyone warned me that it was really small. Lonnie and I dipped our feet in the water and took in the fact that there was a beach in the middle of the city! We would never find one in our Arkansas or Tennessee.
Lonnie loves the outdoors and plants. We went for a stroll in the botanical gardens and had a wonderful time. Lonnie kept trying to get me to climb on the trees but then I’d see 1000+ ants and decided to just be “close” to the tree. We even found someone who had made the tree their home for the evening.
The trip wouldn’t be complete without a wine tasting. I was over the moon to share one of my favorite places, InCider Trading, in Brisbane with my sis. We tried SO many wines and I discovered my favorite cider. It’s Matso’s Mango and Dessert Lime Cider. If you ever want to make me happy or brighten my day, you can just hand me one or ten. Lonnie was also converted to some wines types that she had never been a real fan of before. Such an educational day!
So much more to share but you’ll just have to ask Lonnie or I about her trip to Brisbane. Thank you sis for coming to visit me. I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect first visitor than you.