Since the weather
is always so wonderful we are taking some time to just
kick back and relax. After all, it's Mom's vacation as well!
We had a nice day - slept in a bit, watched the morning news with a
recap of the Australian Prime Ministerial debate last night. Went
for breakfast, were horrified at the prices charged for the hot
breakfast (more than we spent on a nice dinner last night), bought
cereal and juice at the store, did some emails, took a nap, sat by the
pool. Then the wind picked up, the skies got cloudy, and it
appeared to want to rain (it only sprinkled for a few minutes).
Took the shuttle to the tourist area, walked around for a couple of
hours, did some shopping, and had dinner at Monsoons, the restaurant in
the Pacific International where we had eaten several times in 2001 and
enjoyed it very much. It hadn't changed at all, the menu only
slightly. Mom had the fish special - herb crusted Barramundi with
risotto cake and excellent garlic-roasted tomatoes. I had the
barramundi and swordfish over fettucine with garlic cream sauce, and a
roasted carrot soup. Tasty!
All in all, a nice relaxing day in Cairns. Tomorrow we're going
to the Tropical Zoo, about 20 minutes away, so Mom can hold a
koala. Only a half-day trip. Then we'll wrap up our
shopping in preparation for going to Sydney on Wednesday.