:: QT Hotel Canberra ::

Over the weekend we took a trip to our nation’s capital; Canberra. We went with our good friends Syaz & Brendon and ate good food, drank a lot, laughed til our bellies hurt, visited art galleries and museums, and stayed at the QT Hotel.

The QT Canberra is a beautiful hotel with a stylish interior.

Apparently it used to be a Rydges hotel, but has obviously gone under a big fancy refurb.

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[pics above stolen from the internet, the rest are my own]

The onsite restaurant, Capitol Bar and Restaurant, is excellent (similar to it’s sister QT hotel & Gowings restaurant in Sydney). Stand-out wait staff (the floor manager Jason was super friendly) are professional while still having fun, and the food is great; steak, seafood and French-inspired classics, with a good wine list.

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Lucky’s Bar is a hidden gem. Literally hidden! You have to enter through the Barber shop, which gives it that extra hint of exclusiveness. We sat here, drinking for 3 hours before dinner and had many cocktails; their dirty vodka martini is the bomb, as is the old fashioned! The bar staff are friendly and there is laid back live music to groove to.

The hotel has cute bikes with baskets for hire, although they were all out the two times we tried to hire them.

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The room is gorgeous with enough room to for comfortability, great views (above) and some thoughtful touches like the fluffy bath robe, Nespresso coffee machine, free WiFi and on demand movies.

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There were only 3 negatives; the shower spills over onto the bathroom floor making it a bit tricky to navigate when slippery, the bed isn’t the most comfy and the noise in the hall, even on level 8, from the wedding reception being held in the hotel, was really loud.

Parking is acceptable at $12 flat rate per night.

The hotel is super centrally located within short drive to the museums and galleries, and an easy stroll to The Cupping Room cafe and other bars and restaurants if you don’t want to drink/eat onsite.

Would definitely stay here again!

I wrote this review on TripAdvisor, which you can find here:
https://www.tripadvisor.com.au/ShowUserReviews-g255057-d256307-r373895623-QT_Canberra-Canberra_Greater_Canberra_Australian_Capital_Territory.html#

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flashback friday | Füssen, Germany

I had almost forgotten about this place until I stumbled across
the photos on my laptop.
Ten seconds later I was right back there,
in the most picturesque little town,
like something out of a Bavarian fairytale,
at the foothill of Neuschwanstein Castle.

Fussen main street AKA Hauptstraße
Fussen main street AKA Hauptstraße (my original photo)

We arrived after a short two hour drive from my Tante & Onkel’s (Aunt & Uncle) place in Kulmbach, where we had stayed the night before. I had last seen them when I was 11 years old when they came to visit us in Australia. It was the best experience to rock up to their house and try and catch up in broken English and poorly executed German!

Forggensee lake
Forggensee lake (my original photo)
A cute little house we walked past
A cute little house we walked past (my original photo)

We took a stroll along lake Forggensee, which is a man-made lake to help prevent flooding in the surrounding basin from the melted snow following winter. We passed gorgeous Bavianesque houses.

Fussen at twilight
Fussen at twilight (pic via pinterest)

As with all German towns, Fussen has historic cobblestone streets, perfect for walking along after dinner on a Spring evening.

Fussen backstreets (pic via Pinterest)
Fussen backstreets (pic via Pinterest)
Forggensee jetty
Forggensee jetty (my original photo)
Hotel Hirsch (pic via their website)
Hotel Hirsch (pic via their website)

As with most of the places we stayed on our European trip, we picked Hotel Hirsch from website Wotif. It was a gorgeous stay!

Hotel Hirsch (pic via their website)
Hotel Hirsch (pic via their website)
Jay, checking out an antique cupboard in the hallway of Hotel Hirsch
My hubby Jay, checking out an antique cupboard in the hallway of Hotel Hirsch

After a long day sightseeing we got a little tipsy on schnapps and took silly photos in the antique-filled hotel hallways…

This throne was totally made for me! Hotel Hirsch
This throne was totally made for me! Hotel Hirsch

Don’t judge my ensemble…it was 2007!

Hotel Hirsch (pic via their website) This was our room!
Hotel Hirsch (pic via their website) This was our room!
entrance into our room
entrance into our room (my original photo)
The bed at Hotel Hirsch; the most beautiful bed in the world!
The bed at Hotel Hirsch; the most beautiful bed in the world! (my original photo)

Best.Room.Ever.

Hotel Hirsch (pic via their website)
Hotel Hirsch (pic via their website)
Hotel Hirsch (pic via their website) restaurant
Hotel Hirsch (pic via their website) restaurant

We ate lenchen spaetzle, just like my Oma made, in this gorgeous little booth!

Hotel Hirsch (pic via their website) rooftop
Hotel Hirsch (pic via their website) rooftop
Jay & I mucking our about  at Hotel Hirsch
Jay & I mucking our about at Hotel Hirsch

The crazy Williams kids!

Neuschwanstein from a distance
Neuschwanstein from a distance (my original photo)

The next morning we went up the mountain to visit the famous Schloss Neuschwanstein! You may recognise it from the Disney logo!

The palace was commissioned by Ludwig II of Bavaria as a retreat and as a homage to the operatic composer Richard Wagner. It took 20-odd years to build and is made of oak beams, cement & brick with limestone cladding that actually whitens as it ages.

Horse-drawn cart at Neuschwanstein
Horse-drawn cart at Neuschwanstein (my original photo)
view from inside Neuschwanstein
view from inside Neuschwanstein (my original photo)

I now have a bad case of wanderlust!