FNQ: Day 4: Thursday 27 April 2006

28 04 2006

A rest day today. We got up late, lolled around for a while, Dave went shopping for tourist souvenirs and gifts (yes, Stevie, stuff for you too!), then we drove in to Cairns to take a walk around there and have some lunch.

Lunch was at the Rattle & Hum bar and grill down on the esplanade; Dave and I shared a wood-fired Peppered Chicken pizza and my husband had ANOTHER steak sandwich! Maybe he's going to write a book on "Steak Sandwiches of the World", starting with those in FNQ…

We played some pool for a while, then headed back to Palm Cove for a swim in a different sort of pool (swimming in the ocean across the road is out of the question – the water is brown and murky, the waves are fairly high, but most importantly, the deadly stingers are still around). The pool is slightly heated so swimming is very pleasant, and the hot tub was nice and warm. Well, what we were doing wasn't exactly swimming! That's way too athletic… mostly we lolled around floating on our backs watching the fruit bats in the palm trees above.

Those fruit bats are really cool. When they fly across the sky they just look like the Batman logo. I'd estimate their wing span at about 12 or 15 inches across, so they're not small. One was so protective of the fruit and flowers it was eating that it literally batted a bird out of the way. Too funny!

Fruit bat looking like Batman!

After an hour or so getting all prune-like in the pool and hot tub,we wandered down the street to the Apres Beach Cafe for dinner. Dave ordered Mango Daiquiris for me and him, while the hubby had a Kilkenny. Those Mango Daiquiris were VERY nice. I ate lighter tonight with some Bruschetta and a Chicken Caesar Salad; Dave had Creamy Garlic Prawns, and hubby had a Jungle Chicken and Coconut Curry. The meal wasn't cheap and the service was lacking a bit, but it was a good feed.

An early night as we have to leave for Cairns at 7:30am tomorrow if we do the Reef tour – the weather first thing tomorrow will dictate whether we go or not.




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