JUstDreamInparadise.......JUDI living in Paradise

I am fifty something and I love my family and the life I live. I'm an optimistic person by nature and I try to find a positive for every negative. I'm not a vegetarian, but the animal I eat is. I enjoy cooking, photography and scrapbooking. Since living here I have become a gardener and take immense joy in the beauty of my garden. My husband and I feel that we are the caretakers of the land rather than land owners. We run a grass fed Droughtmaster Stud on our little piece of Paradise and the cattle are a never ending supply of photo opportunities.

Monday, 3 September 2012

Fathers Day

We bought tickets to Tap Dogs some time ago not realising at the time that  the show just happened to fall on Fathers Day, so we decided to do the full monty and stay overnight and enjoy dinner as well.  Our son and daughter-in-law gave us an Accor Club membership (thank you!!) that entitled us to a free night accomodation PLUS we get a huge discount off meals eaten at the hotel restaurants.  We chose to stay at the Pullman Reef Hotel and made dinner bookings at Tamarind Restaurant.

First, the show.  We arrived into Cairns at about 3.30pm and the show was due to start at 5.30pm.  We showered and dressed early and made our way down to the Vertigo Lounge Bar  and enjoyed pre-show drinks and nibbles, then we drove over to the Cairns Civic Theatre for the Tap Dogs.  Wow.  What a show.  It had everything.  Six very talented tap dancers managed to give the audience a performance that they will never forget.  The show had humour, and was vibrant and visual. The audience did not want it all to end and we managed to get three encores from the performers. (It was there last show for the season!) We had seen these men perform in the Queen Street Mall in Brisbane many years ago and it has been amazing to see the growth of these performers.  They were always good but since they have taken their show worldwide it is now phenomenal.  I recommend you to go and see this show if it is in your area.  I had a bit of a glance around at the audience before the show started and the show attracts everyone from three year olds to seventy three year olds.

After the show we made our way back to the Tamarind Restaurant (click to see menu) and enjoyed a very tasty meal.  This restaurant has won many awards and "Chefs Hats" and I must say that they really are deserved.  For entree we had the Chicken Terrine and the Quail and for main we ordered the Battered Prawns and Braised Lamb Shank with Lotus Root Crisps as a side.  We ordered a Wild Oats Pinot Grigio to wash down the meal and there was no way possible we could fit in dessert!

After dinner we made our way back to our room via Vertigo Bar where Karaoke night was in progress. We stopped and listened for awhile.  I give all the singers a thumbs up for courage because some of them were really bad! Ha!  Ha!  Some were also very good.

Let me tell you that the rooms at the Pullman Reef Hotel are fabulous, in fact we would go as far as saying that they were the best we had ever stayed in.  I alway forget to take photos when we first enter the room so these photos are after we have had a good nights sleep and made ourself at home!
Looking back to the bathroom from the bedroom
The bathroom has sliding doors that open to take in the view


Magnificent views over Trinity Inlet


The next morning we wandered down the esplanade and had a delicious cooked breakfast at one of the many eateries.  We then played the tourist and wandered through the beautiful water park on the esplanade and then followed the bay around to the marina and then back to our hotel.  It was only a walk of about a kilometre but such a lovely walk.  Here are a couple of photos that I took along the way.
The Marina

The Harbor Lights Boardwalk looking towards Pyramid Mountain

Looking north

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