Potty in Perth

Trip Start Nov 16, 2004
Trip End Nov 15, 2005

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Monday, April 25, 2005

Landed in Perth, made a quick call and headed to the Northbridge area of town where the crap-holes, sorry, hostels are. In all fairness, the place we stayed at was very nice. A small family run place, that could do with a smile now and again, but was fine.

Our first point of call was Monday's Bank Holiday for Anzac Day so we went to watch the parade and watched the commemoration ceremony in the main park. A well run event, it was perfect and obviously somber.

The afternoon was spent stomping around Kings Park and up the hill to the war memorial before myself and Cath met up with Andy & Dee (Gardner for those who remember them) for a curry. Again, someone else paid! Only kidding. Very kind of them and we followed with a brief tour of the area and a drink back at their pad, which as they were moving out 3 days later, was a little sparse! Nice meeting up with familiar faces though and good to talk with Wussterites. Hello both.

My flamin time is running out here as well and I need to remember what I did so I'll update again soonish!

Fed the machine some more money now (in NZ of course).

On their recommendation though we visited Freemantle (Freo - everything is abbreviated with an 'O' on the end, which myself and Nial had many laughs at - 'Buy me a beero you tight b*stardo etc) which was a strange place. Very nice, but it did have an aura of strangeness about it. This was enlightened as we visited another jail in Freo having a tour with a mad Irish guy, whoes main purpose of that particular day appeared not to be to show us around but to stare at the Swiss girls cleavage on the tour with us. Nonetheless, he was a good guide. Interesting gaol as they go as well.

On our way out of town we stopped off at the Maritime Museum for a tour of a submarine, which was cool. I'm swopping the Peugeot for one when I get back.

Now, what else did we do in Perth? Yeah - we had a day out on an indulgence day. It was actually called that.

We started with a nice boat ride up the river tasting different types of wine, learning what to look for etc and eating cheeses and biscuits. Whilst this was very nice indeed, I was disappointed with the measures. I think you need a bottle to get a good feel, but apparently everyone else there wanted some wine as well.

On arrival up the river we spent the day wine-tasting around the vineyards and wineries of Swan Valley in Perth, eating loads of cheese and biscuits, stopping at a chocolate factory, a brewery and an ice-cream place (hence the name indulgence) and yes I felt sick later but it was totally worth it.

Our last day in Perth was spent relaxing in the park and an evening drink with The Gardners before they left for sunny England and we left for Melbourne.

All in, Perth was a darn nice place - clean, homely, warm in the sun but chilly at night, easy to travel around etc but it was rammed with Brits living there. I'd live there.

Off to Melbourne then...
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