Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha
yet succulent. For very special treats I really
enjoy Lutèce (1/60 Macgregor Terrace,
What Australian habits have you picked up
since you’ve been here?
Unfortunately not waking up early in the
morning to exercise! But in Brisbane it’s easy to
be positive, be welcoming and to enjoy outdoor
living. I have discovered life on a deck and
would not go back to anything else. Camping
is also new to me and there are plenty of
options near the city.
What French habit will you never give up?
Long meals with family and friends, talking
about good food, books, politics, wines and
Where do you always take visitors when
they come to Brisbane?
Children to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and
everyone enjoys a ride on the CityCat, a stroll
through New Farm Park, coffee on the river or
on Latrobe Terrace in Paddington.
Brisbane French Festival is at South Bank –
what are your favourite places there?
South Bank always makes me feel like I am
having time off. I love the city view from South
Bank and the beach on the river’s edge always
What’s a favourite weekend pastime with
Morning coffee on Latrobe Terrace in
Paddington. Rock climbing and a picnic at
Kangaroo Point cliffs.
Where do you feel most inspired?
My favourite time of the year is September,
anywhere under a blossoming tree when all the
birds come back. I can stop in any park and
feel rejuvenated looking at the violet Jacaranda
trees or bright red Poinciana.
What sort of entertainment do you enjoy?
The International Series at QPAC. I am
looking forward to the French Ballet Peljocaj
which will be performing
exclusively in Brisbane in September. Children
always love the Brisbane Festival fireworks,
also in September. We also attend most
exhibitions at GOMA with our two daughters.
How do you like to travel around Brisbane
and what’s your favourite journey?
I can drive, walk, jump on a train or a bus.
There are no rules. It depends where I have to
go. My favourite journey by far is being able to
go on the CityCat. I love the ride on the river
and people travelling on the CityCat always
look like they are on holidays even though
they are not.
What is your favourite short break outside
Lamington National Park. As soon as you
arrive there it feels like you have escaped to
a very special place. It is always colder and
refreshing. The scenery is beautiful. The World
Heritage-listed rainforest and waterfalls are
one of our favourites across Australia. It is also
home to a spectacular array of birds – more
than 160 species of sub-tropical birds make
their home in the rainforest. Every single time
we go it is invigorating and inspiring.
Brisbane French Festival, 8-10 July, Cultural
Forecourt, South Bank Parklands
Kangaroo Point Cliffs
f r e n c h
Crust & Co, Newmarket
Déliss Artisan French Food
Les Folies de Paris, Spring Hill
Lutèce Restaurant, Bardon
Opposite page top, from left: Betty Moinet
at Dello Mano, Newstead, photographed by
Marc Grimwade; walking trails in Brisbane
Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha, image from
Brisbane City Council; Rock climbing at
Kangaroo Point Cliffs.
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