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Day Trip to Port Douglas

Wednesday 22 July 2015

It was raining in Cairns this morning, and had rained several times overnight. Consequently quite humid with a temperature range of 20 to 27 degrees.

Today we drove to Port Douglas, a distance of 70 odd km, to have lunch with David's niece Olivia and her husband Al. As we drove north the rain slowly cleared and it was a nice sunny day in Port Douglas. For several years now Olivia and Al have managed an apartment complex Villa San Michele on Macrossan Street in Port Douglas. Earlier this year they bought the management rights to another apartment complex, Garrick House, where they now live. For a while now, Olivia has worked at Villa San Michele, while Al has managed Garrick House. This will all change in the near future, as Olivia will give birth to their second child in 4-5 weeks time.

We met up at Villa San Michele and went next door to Bucci Italian Restaurant for an excellent lunch. We were able to catch up on their news since we had last seen then at Christmas 18 months ago in Hobart. After lunch we left them to return to work, while Di and I went for a walk around the shopping area in Macrossan Street. Di found an interesting piece of amber in a local jeweller, but it was not included in the advertised 50% off sale, so no deal. She also found something interesting in one of the dress shops, and was able to make a purchase. Before returning to our car we walked around to Garrick House to see where Olivia and Al now live and where Al works.

On the way back to Cairns we stopped at Rex Lookout for a photo stop. While we were there a fellow was trying to launch his Para-glider. It took several attempts but eventually he managed to get in the air. While we were watching the Para-glider do his thing, a small tour bus with a load of French tourists pulled up for a photo shoot. We were somewhat amused when 3 or 4 of the French tourists stood at the back of the mighty Navara to take photos of the number plate. I wonder if they know where Tassie is? Back in Cairns there was still a bit of drizzle around the hills including Kuranda. We hope that it clears as we are planning to go to Kuranda tomorrow.

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Villa San Michele, Port Douglas.

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Courtyard at Villa San Michele.

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Bucci Italian Restaurant.

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David with Al and Olivia at Bucci Restaurant.

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Anzac Park Port Douglas - Market every Wednesday - but where?

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Court House Hotel, Port Douglas.

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Iron Bar Hotel, Port Douglas.

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Central Hotel, Port Douglas, circa 1828.

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Blossom in Macrossan Street, Port Douglas.

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Four Mile Beach, Port Douglas.

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Garrick House, Port Douglas.

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Di at the Rex Lookout north of Cairns.

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Looking south from the Rex Lookout.

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Looking south to Green Island off Cairns.

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Untangling the strings - more trouble than a fisherman.

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Filling the parachute.

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Parachute in the air.

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Nearly ready to go.

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On the way.

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Airborne.

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Up, Up and Away.

Posted by TwoAces 18:10

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