New friends and old friends in Perth.
Trip Start Aug 09, 2010
124Trip End Feb 01, 2012
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Friends, friends and a few sights
It has been a while since our last blog entry and the reason is because we ended up staying in Perth for a month! It is the longest we have stayed anywhere in these past 16 months and the main reason being was our very good friends that reside in this part of the world.
As we have been here so long I will try to write this entry in some sort of chronological order.
As I write this I am amazed at the amount of people we know here. We also caught up with Erin and Ali (Dylan's sister and brother in law) and their beautiful daughters Scarlet & Summer. We spent a hot afternoon cooling off in their pool. Thanks guys! Plus we had a few pints with Adam an American lad we met way back in China last November as he was about to jump off a bridge. It's a long story, go back in this blog to Yangshuo! He is still on the road like us and it was a great night of swapping travelers tales.
So basically whilst we have been in Perth we have done things that we have not done in the past 16 months. Cook, catch up with friends, cook and drink! My god we have drunk. Before I pass over to Karen I would just like to thank:
Kerry, Chris, Jaidan, Brooklyn and Bella for a brilliant weekend.
Wendy, Steve, Kimberly and Dave for a great afternoon.
Dylan & Driana for the most amazing hospitality anyone can receive. We love you from the bottom of our hearts.
And finally Puku for being the most amazing dog in the world.
While the highlight of our stay in Perth was definitely catching up with old friends and meet up with new, we did get to see some amazing places here.
Cottlesloe beach, with it's perfect white sand and lovely water, King's Park with manicured lawns overlooking great views of the Swan river, and Freemantle with it's cool shops and bars all made great days out for us.
We made it to Cevantes which is a little fishing town where the Lobster season had just started. A visit to the Lobster Shack has us feasting on incredibly fresh lobster and prawns for lunch. A meal that on its own would have already made the trip here worth while.
The next stop was to look at the earliest forms of life on this planet - bubble like formations jutting out of the earth.
We finally made it to the pinnacles. A huge area of red sand dotted with trunk like rocks of various sizes. No one really knows if the rocks are petrified trunks, or limestone rocks, but what I do know is that the scene they create is incredible. Have a look:
We had other great days out, like a visit to a local vineyard where we tasted the wines and then drank our favourite bottle with an amazing array of food and a visit to the dog beach which was full of all kinds of dogs playing around together - too cute for words.
By far, one of our most random afternoons was when we went to town to visit a few galleries. We found a van selling these new pies and to promote them they were getting members of the public to actually sell the pies. The attraction was that whatever you made in 20 minutes of selling, you kept. Paul, Dylan and I felt brave and signed up for the last slot of pie selling. It was just after lunch time and the square was dead. Within 2 minutes of being there, we made so much noise we actually attracted a crowd. The 3 of us seemed to find a hidden talent for market selling and within 20 minutes sold 75 pies!! Not bad eh!
As we write this on our last day in Perth, P and I are both a little sad that it's time to move on. We'll definitely miss all the wonderful people we've spent time with. At the same time we're both really excited about Melbourne. I get to see my lovely Aunt and cousins who I haven't seen in over 25 years! And meet Paul's aunt who he last saw over 10 years ago.
See you when we get there!
Lots of love
Karen and Paul