Tuesday, November 13, 2012


is a big city, 2.6 million inhabitants. The central business district (CBD) has highrise buildings, the rest of the city consists of single two story houses on their own plot of land. As a consequence the city is spread out over a vast area, like most Australian cities are. There is space enough, so suburbia is enormous. On the seaside it's flat, the norhtern and western parts are very hilly, with uncyclable steep hills.
We found it a pleasant city, busy shopping streets, only for pedestrians and nicely laid out, some beautiful old buildings, nice parks,  a botanic garden, several university campuses, several modern art musea in beautiful modern architecture and a lively and busy atmosphere. With Gilbert we cycled the so-called Brisbane Loop, a cycle route that goes along the Brisbane river on both sides, with some spectacular views and dito constructions over the water.
Emma and Gilbert also took us up the look out point on Mount Coot-tha, not far from their home, where we enjoyed the sunset over the city with a beer in our hands. With Emma and Gilbert's home as our base we enjoyed our 4-day visit.

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