Posted by: debrakolkka | September 22, 2011

Goodbye Brisbane, hello world

the Story Bridge

I leave Brisbane on Saturday for Italy, via Hong Kong, Helsinki and Paris. I have bought an i Pad and I can do basic stuff with it, so I am hoping to be able to post as I travel.

Here are some of the things I will  miss about my wonderful home town while I am away. Spring has arrived and Brisbane is looking good.

gorgeous tropical flowers

I'll miss my courtyard

I'll miss my walks through Southbank

temporary art at Southbank

up close

spring planting in Queen St Mall


strange flowers

Australian native plants in the Mall

As part of the Brisbane Festival the city has been putting on a light show every night. I went last night and joined thousands of people enjoying a perfect spring evening beside the river.

walking across the bridge to Southbank

finding the right spot

the city lights up

the light shines on water spouts from the river

can you see the plane?

pretty colours

last one

it looks different at night

When I got back from Italy in May there was a tiny pineapple growing in a pot in my courtyard – click here to see my pinapple surprise. It is fitting that it ripened this week, just before I leave. It seemed a shame to eat our entire pineapple crop in one sitting, but I did just that.

the pineapple harvest

it was delicious

Liz will do the next posts until I have something to share from Hong Kong and beyond. 


  1. Sorry we missed you, we left for the US on Monday, maybe Ill see you in the spring

    • I will be in Italy from February until May.

  2. Have a gpod trip Deb. I wish i was coming too

    • No doubt you will be in BdL again one day.

  3. Have a nice and interestig trip.

    • I have no doubt it will be interesting. I’m hoping for good weather.

  4. What a gorgeous city! It seems like you just got home and you’re taking off again. Happy journeys. And safe, too.

    • I have been home 4 months – it doesn’t seem possible.

  5. Have a nice trip. We are sorry that we will miss you this time. We will certainly be there next year.

    • I look forward to catching up next year.

  6. That sounds so good stop offs at Hong Kong Helsinki and Paris before you reach Italy. Bon voyage!

    • They are places I know well. I love going to new places, but I also like revisiting the ones I love.

  7. Enjoy your trip Debra – look forward to your wonderful postings

    • I’m sure I will discover lots of interesting things.

  8. Brisbane looks like a beautiful city!

    • Brisbane is a great city. I love living here.

  9. Hope you have a great trip–can’t wait to hear more as you make your way back to Italy.

    • Thank you. It should be fun.

  10. These are so nice photographs, Thank you, have a nice journey, Blessing and Happiness, with my love, nia

    • I am staying with friends along the way, so it should be fun.

  11. Buon viaggio!

  12. Have a wonderful trip, Deb! I’m so happy to see your pineapple come into (cough cough) fruition.. 🙂

    • It was not big, but it was good.

  13. Wow you are such an amazing photographer! How much time do you spend in Italy versus Australia? Funny, I thought you were in Italy now by reading your posts! As for the iPad, I have one too and found the Word Press App very frustrating for posting. I’ve run into issues with posts being posted without completion and it is a bit cumbersome. Mine is an iPad 1 so not sure if that makes a difference or if it is just the WP app. The one bonus is that pictures upload really fast. Let me know how it works for you so we can compare notes. I want to use mine in China but it was a bit annoying on previous travels. Looking forward to your next posts! Ciao!

    • Thank you. I spend about 6 months in each place. I go to Italy for 4 months from Feb – May and then I go back in the autumn for a couple of months. I don’t like the heat of summer so I avoid as much as I can. I will let you know how I go with the iPad. I have a PC at home and in Italy, so Apple is new for me.

  14. Safe and happy travels Deb, I will watch with must interest your next postings, especially Paris. From there I am hoping you and Shan will send me a postcard of what people are wearing on the streets, whats in those gorgeous vintage markets and what is in the store windows.
    Bon Voyage

    • You can be sure there will be photos of the shop windows in Paris. Winter things are not as much fun as the spring windows, but I will be on the lookout ofr interesting things.

  15. Now that is a happy healthy looking pineapple.
    Happy travels Debra. Looking foward to more Italian posts 🙂

    • I’m going to Naples and Sorrento as well as a couple of other great places in Italy, stay tuned.

  16. Happy Landings Deb. I’m looking forward to seeing the Vergemoli house and its interior, especially the windows, I have a thing about deep window sills. Besides all of which, Australia needs you to do your bit to bolster the European economy – are you coming back by the US perchance?

    • I will be taking lots of photos of Vergemoli. I’m hoping to make the curtains from white linen while I am there this time.

  17. The pineapple looks delicious. Which part of Italy are you headed to? Looking forward to lots of tempting posts 🙂

    • I will be mostly in our house in Bagni di Lucca, but I will be travelling around a bit while I am there. Naples and Sorrento are on my list as well as Venice, Bologna and Montalcino for the wine festival. It should be fun.


    Thank you for you both, have a nice journey, with my love, nia

  19. Safe travels and look forward to your posts from the I pod.

    • Thanks Moira, I’m in Hong Kong with Anup and Poorna having fun.

  20. Have the best time… Sure you don’t have room in your luggage for me?

  21. Love the flowers, I would love to go to Brisbane one day.

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