After a day at sea, we arrived at Brisbane and again had a coach journey into the centre of town. We decided to stay in the town and explore by ourselves.
The first stop off, was a well known coffee shop to get some internet to keep in touch with home. This was something that many people had to do because of the very expensive packages offered on the boat.
Unfortunately. as we arrived the rain started. After a few weeks of hot weather the locals welcomed the downpour! However, as we had just left a wet and cold Britain, this was not appreciated by us! This led to us looking for places to visit that were inside, and after looking at the map, we decided to go straight to the art gallery district. Here the two main galleries were situated very close to each other.
On entering the Queensland Art Gallery, we were immediately confronted with the large bright sculpture below, which reminded us of work by 'Romano Britto', with it's playful use of colour.
The first exhibitions featured work from native Australians and we were immediately captivated by the work. We were used to the colourful art using marks but the range of paintings and sculptures here was excellent. This high standard continued throughout the gallery.
After lunch we went to the Gallery of Modern Art. Again the range of work was one of the best we have ever seen. As they say, there was something for everyone. Well known artists like Picasso and Bridget Riley were interspersed with Australian art and other contemporary work from all over the world.
The range of styles was excellent and we spent a few hours there. After an enjoyable afternoon we made our way back to the ship. the rain had not spoilt our day and because of it we had found the galleries fairly quickly. Unfortunately other guests had gone on trips and going around a zoo in heavy rain was not as pleasant.
After a busy few days we have another sea day to rest the next day.