From one Macquarie to another
This first sunrise of March is slowly rising over the araucarias and mangroves of the excellent and peaceful anchorage of Port Macquarie, where we have come to drop anchor, arriving from the very pleasant city of Brisbane via the improbable Gold Coast, once the "surfers' paradise" now bristling with incomprehensible skyscrapers.
The month of February was devoted to peaceful sailing between New South Wales and South Queensland::: no weather forecast encouraged us to make the planned crossing to New Zealand... fortunately, we would have arrived there at the same time as tropical storm Gabrielle, which caused a lot of damage; one of our friends, well moored on the Kerikeri river, only suffered very heavy rain, other yachts were destroyed on the islands where we had planned to drop anchor.
Brisbane, in particular the Kangaroo Point shoreline, remains our favourite stopover in this part of the world: here the skyscrapers make sense, it is a city, and a beautiful one. The walks, bike rides or scooter rides to reach nice little restaurants, passing the extraordinary artificial lagoon, offering several pools surrounded by a luxuriant vegetation, all at the disposal of the visitors quite free of charge, or towards the nice bar dedicated to the memory of the famous painter Frida Kalho; by the way, it seems to me that a famous French artist (Nino Ferrer, Renaud or others ? ) had a family link with her... maybe one of our faithful scholars will find the reference for me (or her).
We will stay in the region for a few more weeks, and then we will return to France to work on the fourth edition of our practical book "Mettre les voiles" and to return to the puys of the Auvergne.
Have a good month of March.
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