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I know a lot of my posts have been about Brisbane, and I am going to get onto some homeschooling posts and some arty posts soon I promise, but not today, because today we are having our first day in the city since we moved to Brisbane. We have started off at South Bank which is just wonderful for the kids. They are having a fantastic time playing in the water park and the artificial beach area.

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Meanwhile Jayden and I sit on the sand and wonder why we didn’t bring our bathers to the city with us.

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The boys played in the pools for a couple of hours, then we went to Max Brenner. Now, for ose of you who aren't familiar with Max Brenner, better known as 'the bald man', he is the King of chocolate, and it is not unusual to see customers lined up out the door waiting to order their decadent chocolate fix. Luckily we timed it just right and only had to wait for a couple of minutes to be served.
Even though the weather was warm, Zac amd Axel needed some warming up after their swim, so they both ordered hot chocolate – thick Italian hot chocolate for Zac, and Hot chocolate with crunchy waffle balls. The hot chocolate is served in Max Brenner's special Hug Mugs and both boys were looking pretty happy with their choice.

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Jayden and I opted for the frappes, choc banana for me, and cookies and cream for Jayden, both yummo. As if that wasn’t enough chocolate for one day, we also shared a Choc Strawberry dip which was a little pot of melted chocolate with strawberries, they kindly provide you with a scraping stick so you can be sure to get every last molecule of that melted chocolate goodness. To top it all off, we couldn’t resist sharing a Chocolate Dome, which featured very rich chocolate mouse with a creamy centre all wrapped in a chocolate shell – I was glad we were sharing this one.
With not much change left from fifty dollars, this is definitely one to save for those extra special outings, but it was lots of fun, and I didn’t feel too guilty because as the posters that adorn the walls in the cafe told me, ‘chocolate is good for you’.

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Well, we should have quit while we were ahead, because after this we learnt (well were reminded of) a very important lesson – don’t drive your car into the city especially if you are going to be heading home at 5o’clock!
First we had to get out of the carpark, the same carpark where you used to be able to park for $5 if you ate at one of the Cafes, now cost me a ridiculous $30 for the four hours. Our plan was to go to the bank and then have a look around the Queen Street Farmer’s Market. We found the bank and then the markets with no problems at all, we saw them and drove past them several
times as we drove around and around looking for a park. Not knowing the cheap And easy places to park is certainly one of the downfalls of living in a new city. When we accidentally ended up on an exit heading across the river and off in the opposite direction to our house I decided that we’d give up on the market and head for home. At least we know where it is now, so we can go their again another time – on the train
Glad to get home to my own house, and so exhausted that I did something we hardly ever do – take away pizzas for dinner. Yay!

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