Posted by: jeanannfrench | October 5, 2009

Sunday, October 4

Mom’s last day in AU.  We were packed and ready for our train ride to Brisbane.  We got lucky at the hotel and were able to get into our room right away at 11 AM.  We caught a cab and went across the river in search of the Sunday Market, but didn’t really find them easily, so we decided go for it and see the City from the river.  As Ladies Luck would have it, we caught a sight-seeing ferry before they left the dock. 

It was a 90 minute cruise and we caught it at 12:30 and again we were lucky because we could buy lunch.  We started out on the top deck, but it got a bit windy and cold for Mother, so we moved downstairs for our lunch.  Mom was totally blown away by the beautiful purple trees.  They are Jacaranda trees and we’ll see if Mom can grow one in Okla.  Brisbane is noted for its Jacarandas which are common in public areas, parks and suburban backyards. The reason for the Jacaranda’s proliferation in Brisbane is often attributed to the ’30s and ’40s, when new mothers leaving the maternity hospital were given a Jacaranda sapling to plant. I’m sharing only a couple of great city pictures.

From the cruise, be crossed back over the bridge/river, but not in your standard cab.  It was only $10 for this bicycle cart ride and boy did he earn his money!!!!  The bridge was on an incline AND we were in traffic with cars and buses.  After we got out of the cart, Mom and I made jokes for about 5 minutes about; how we thought we were going to have to get out and push or I would have to pay him double – ha ha ha!  We thought he must be a hungry boy to work that hard for the money and he earned every nickel!

We were delivered to the Queen Street Mall – yes, we were going shopping just one more time – final answer!  After shopping, we finished walking the mall street, but we were really looking for the illusive ice cream shop.  We found it and people watched for at least 30 minutes, just taking in the atmosphere of being in AU for 2 weeks of wonderful travel.  Just so you know, Mom and I did not fuss even once.

We went back to the room to rest, except I burned about 90 minutes fighting with Internet reception and printing out Mom’s boarding passes.  We took a cab to the waterfront and I was on the hunt for a restaurant that served Moreton Bay Bugs and Crocodile.  I couldn’t find one that had both, and I have had croc already (and bugs), but the bugs were more important so we could compare them to crayfish, crawdads, and langostino (see pictures and captions for my research).

When we got back to the room, we changed rooms because the Internet wasn’t connecting in my room.  And, as fate would have it, the new room had the connection, but the entire hotel was not ‘receiving’ its cable fed Internet.  So, that’s why this blog is a day late.  The good news is that we were back in the room soon enough to catch Australian Idol because I have a couple of favorites.



  1. Great blog, honey.



  2. Mom told us about the “bugs”. Interesting to see them! The book of pictures was a hit at dinner. We enjoyed seeing/hearing about your adventures! Of course you didn’t fuss. You shopped, ate and took naps. That is all it takes to get along!!!!!!!!!!!
    Love ya, Mary

  3. […] I think they taste a little muddy, but I like them just fine.  See more about bugs from the 2009 blog.  (Click the […]

  4. […] a few blocks off the CBD (central business district).  I took Sparky down to the waterfront to Jellyfish where I took Mom two years ago for ‘bugs’.  I had the ‘bugs’ while Sparky […]

  5. […] they make their food.  The Jacaranda trees were in FULL bloom and just beautiful!!!  Go to this 2009 blog link to learn more about the Jacaranda, as Mother just loved […]

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