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Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha

yet succulent. For very special treats I really

enjoy Lutèce (1/60 Macgregor Terrace,

Bardon).

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

food again!

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

amazes visitors.

What’s a favourite weekend pastime with

your family?

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

SnowWhite

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

Brisbane?

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

BETTY’S

f r e n c h

FOODPICKS

CROISSANTS

Crust & Co, Newmarket

SAUCISSON

Déliss Artisan French Food

Macarons

Les Folies de Paris, Spring Hill

TRUFFLES

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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