Right off the bat, I managed to lose my glasses. Bifocals.
I realized this as we were driving from the airport to my host's home. I'd dropped them in the airport when I put on my sunglasses to walk outside. I can picture exactly where & when it happened.... but, try as I may, with many calls to the airport and airlines, they were never recovered.
Consequently, a visit to the opthomologist who was very accommodating and made me a quick pair of distance glasses. Fortunately I brought along my prescription reading glasses. So, I'll just have to get used to juggling 3 pairs of glasses, for the remainder of my time in Australia!
My first full day, I spent enjoying Brisbane's riverwalk. It's a really beautiful city, with a lovely manicured park, with an urban beach at its core....
Of course, I was delighted to find several mosaics along the pathway.
These strange looking birds were everywhere. Apparently they're quite annoying, noisy and dirty.
Just a couple of the names I heard locals call them, bin chickens or tip chooks.
If you want to know more, check out this song/video!
At the end of the river walk are the Art and Natural history museums. Both excellent. Just a few pics of exhibits, art and nature that made an impression.