Saturday, July 27, 2013

First Day in Cairns by Margot Justes


My first impression of Cairns was the arrival at the hotel in the early evening, after a long flight, a couple of layovers, and a delayed flight, I thought I’d be too tired to pay attention to anything except how quickly I could get to bed. Not so.

The hotel was a few steps away from the boardwalk, and faced the water. The tropical vegetation was magnificent, and the desk staff accommodating.  Once I made it to my room, the view took my breath away. The harbor on the left, the water and mountains straight ahead, and the lit boardwalk and gardens right below.

There was no way I was going to sleep, without first checking out the area. Shower and bed had to wait.

The walk on the boardwalk was mesmerizing, the boats along the harbor were dimly lit, the water shimmered in the dusk and there was a gentle breeze, you could hear the rustle of the fronds from the tall palm trees. I was in heaven.

I stopped at the hotel restaurant for a quick bite to eat, and had the best grilled calamari with eggplant chutney I have ever had. It was perfection, kudos to the Mondo Restaurant.  I went back one more time for that same dish, and would have done so again, but wanted to try other local places.

First evening in Cairns was memorable indeed, and once I made it to bed, I slept like the proverbial baby.

More next week.
Margot  Justes
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Debra St. John said...

Wow, Margot. That view is just incredible. I'm glad you explored a bit before crawling into bed that first day. :)

I can't wait to hear more. I'm going to have to live vicariously through you on this, because I don't think I'll ever be able to make a trip there. :(

Margot Justes said...

I hated to leave Cairns, and it was the same in Sydney.

Morgan Mandel said...

Stunning pictures, Margot!
Also, you definitely should be a travel writer!

Morgan Mandel

Margot Justes said...

Where do I apply-love writing about travel.