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Brisbane Day 4: Are Goodbyes Always This Hard?

Our final day in Brisbane.  My husband decided to break with tradition and get up before me to get our coffee and breakfast. We are going to miss this place.  The hotel we stayed at, iStay River City, is so perfect.  Very central, coffee shops and restaurants spotted all along the street.  Very close to the beautiful and relaxing Botanical Gardens, and then less than a minutes walk to the Queen Street Mall (which I mentioned here and here and here).  We originally planned to stay for just two nights thinking that would be enough, but we extended our stay an extra night.  So glad we did.

Here are some shots we took of our apartment before we took it over with all our stuff.

Our balcony looking towards Kangaroo Point and the Botanical Gardens.

The Living Room and Kitchen Bench.

The bedroom

The kitchen

It’s a positive thing when you leave somewhere and wish you could stay longer.  Much better than getting sick of the place and hanging out to get home.  It really was a holiday and we will definitely be back for more.

Brisbane Day 2: It’s All About Me…Because I’m Worth It!

Woke up to the sound of sirens and remembered we are in the city.  It is such a weird feeling being somewhere so busy when you are used to your much quieter country town on the Sunshine Coast.  It is quite exciting and I always love experiencing different things.  Change is as good as a holiday…really. We are so high up in our apartment – floor 32 and we have amazing views.  On one side we can see Kangaroo Point and the Botanical Gardens, and on the other side we can see the Queen Street Mall and all the shops.  Both views make my heart sing.

A sunset photo taken by Kirk from our apartment balcony.

Today we hit the shops and I got some great bits and pieces for my 30th birthday party coming up in a little over a week.  I will blog about it for sure, so keep your eyes peeled. I also bought the book, ‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo‘ which one of my friends recommended and it is a really good read.  I was amazed to discover that the author died pretty young and they (whoever ‘they’ are) found this book and two others books he had finished, so they published them and they became best sellers all over the world!

Later that night we took to the streets…again…to get some night shots.  Now, the photos are mostly of me cause I’m worth it. Nah..Kirk is behind the lens teaching me the ropes and I’m still getting the hang of the night settings without making everything go all blurry.

We are angels! Lining up our heads with the golden bag holders in the Louis Vuitton shop front.

Still trying to get my head around the settings for night photography, so my husband took over from here.

Work it!

My turn: Kirk and a purple car.

Pretty building that I should know the name of but I don't.

Talking away while Kirk is testing the flash. Hmmm.

No words. Just that the elevator security camera guys would have been having a good laugh.

Brisbane Day 1: Lovers Lighting Lesson

For my 30th birthday my husband took me away for a few nights into the heart of beautiful Brisbane (for those subscribers who are overseas, this is in Queensland, Down Under).  He also gave me my very own DSLR and prime lens (D90 with Nikkor 24mm 2.8 for the techies) as a gift and Brissy was the perfect playground to learn all about my new toy. We spent the first night of our holiday playing silly-buggers and took way too many photos of ourselves as we played with the lighting from shop signs and fancy spot lights in the Queen Street Mall.  We got plenty of stares, but we were having a cracker of a time and it felt like we were ‘young’ again (haha!).

I learnt a fair bit about ISO, aperture and shutter speed-thinga-ma-gig, so now I can take a few pics that look pretty okay (but it takes me a few shots to get it right!).

Here are SOME of the photos we took in Queen Street Mall, just up the road from where we stayed.

Trying to be unsuccessfully secretive while a tour group are being told ghost stories on the bridge above us.

The Queen Street Mall

My dream 'Biggest Loser' outfit 😉 All the contestants seem to have one in a special glass box.

A pretty rainbow for my next lighting experiment!

While hubby is testing the camera versus the purple lights above us, I do a spot of Facebooking.

A purple light shot...and it is getting late.

We found a red light that we could use, but we were a bit over smiling now so the sillies decided to come out instead. Kirk can't seem to find any original faces poses. Ever since he has had his beard like this he is too cool to smile in photos. The beard has a purpose...to be revealed in another post, at another time.

Back at the apartment after our adventures, it is movie and Turkish pizza time with a beer and a glass of wine.