Friday Links to Love from Australia

Three flights and nearly 30 hours of travel later, and I'm in the Gold Coast of Australia, known for surfing, outdoor activities and a beautiful hinterland (land behind a coast). It's the number one vacation destination for Australians.  I've already done stand-up paddleboarding and HELD A KOALA!!!! They define adorable. Tomorrow I'm headed to O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat which looks to have a fun Tree Top Walk and is within a national park.

How awesome is this pic? I love roaming through grocery stores in other countries and I spotted these bananas in Woolworth's as I was looking for Lucas Papaw Ointment.  One of my journalist friends that I traveled to India with is super chic.  I'll trust anything she says and she said it was her favorite lip balm in the world. I love the name!

A few things to check out:

  • 15 Powerful Things Happy People Do Differently - I need to work on #7 and #15. I don't need to work on #10 - being realistic is never something I've done well. :)
  • Britain's Most Eccentric Attractions - A travel blogger reached out with this list she created and it's awesome. Museum of Dog Collars? World Championship Hen Racing? Very cool.
  • Historic Hotel Bossert Converting Back to Hotel - I absolutely can't wait for this to be a hotel again. It's on Montague Street in Brooklyn Heights and has been owned by the Jehovah's Witnesses for decades, who have taken very good care of it. You can't get in now but you can peek into the marble lobby and it's stunning. The two-story Marine Roof rooftop deck was legendary in the 1920s & 30s for views of the skyline and this is where the Brooklyn Dodgers celebrated their World Series win over the Yankees in 1955.  I still feel like Brooklyn Heights is somewhat of a secret (even to New Yorkers) but with Sarah Jessica Parker moving in and many hotel projects, it's poised to become a must for tourists, as it should be! So beautiful and so much history (which I can tell you all about on one of my Brooklyn Heights 101 tours).