Saturday, December 19, 2009
Cycled around the wine region near Perth called the Swan Valley today, resisted the temptation to go into any wineries for some tasting as you always feel you are obliged to buy a bottle and I am going to the bigger and better wine region Margaret river at the weekend, so just had a scenic 50km cycle round the back roads of the region, though unfortunately forgot to take my camera so heres a shot of Freemantle’s Markets taken the other day.
In Perth Sunday Afternoon drinking sessions (Sunday Sessions) are almost as big an event as a big Saturday night out, and where better to go than the Cotteslow beach hotel where we managed to grab a spot on their balcony and drink Stella Artois as the sun went down over the Indian Ocean!
Something a little different today for my photo of the day I’ve combined shots to create a panoramic photo, due to it’s width click on it to open the full size imag for more detail.
Went to Freo markets to for my supply of fruit and veggies and my weekly slab homemade Carrot Cake, which I challenge anyone to find a better Carrot Cake anywhere!
Anyway had to earn the right to eat it so had a good cycle home, this time on the very hilly north side of the river for the first time this trip.
Discovered this stunning lookout point which offered 360 degree views and from where you could see the Indian Ocean and Rottnest Island, Fremantle, the Swan River as it winds it’s way inland to Perth and in the distance you could even see the city of Perths skyline! I spend half an hour up there but if it wasn’t for the severe wind I could have spent hours!
Had lunch at an Alfresco food court, noticed the seagulls eating what I though was leftovers until an angry guy come running out with a glass of wine, spilling it everywhere and almost chucking it over the seagulls in disgust, at least his soup was protected by the plate!
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Had a nice ride all around the Swan river, South of it into Perth and back via the North of the river, found a really nice spot for lunch, got joined by several Fat ducks who wouldn’t’ take their eyes off my tuna Sandwitch!
Went to the cinema again in the evening and watched Final Destination 3D again was a pretty poor movie although it had some decent 3D effects, that’s probably the first time I’ve ever been to the movies 2 days in the row and if I keep picking such poor movies it had better be the last!
Went to the cinema and watched Coupes Retreat, decided to see it as it was a rainy day and it was Filmed in Thaiti and Bora Bora where I’m thinking of stopping during my travels heading home, the movie itself was awful but there was some stunning scenery which was a good selling point for the Island.
Met up with a friend for Barramondays a pub fish (Barramundi) , chip and beer deal for $15 (About £8) I really miss the deals from back home where you can often get a decent meal and a pint for £5 or £6 but with eating and drinking out in Perth being expensive this sounded like a pretty good deal...
It wasn’t really as the beer included was only half a pint of some awful Aussie beer that was like having sex on a canoe (Too close to water) The fish and chips wasn’t even served on a plate and then they demanded an extra dollar for ketchup and tartar source, ok you would expect this at a takeaway fish shop, but for a pub meal no and it has put me off going back to that pub even for a drink.
No photos taken today so here is a pic of the unusual Mammal that lives on Rottnest Island, “The Quakka” along with a Joey in her pouch!
Took the train to Freemantle had a wander round the weekend Markets then discovered the San Churo Chocolate Café with its temping array of snacks and deserts, and amazing thick hot chocolate!
After that indulgence decided it was time for a beer and went to Little Creatures brewery that overlooks Freemantle Marina and had one of their Pale Ales, probably my favourite aussie beer sat in the beer Garden drinking it with its amazing views all over the marina.
Then watched an amazing Sunset, got this shot of the reflections on the beach which make it look like it was on fire!
Then went home to watch the Liverpool v Man U English football match this could have destroyed my nice day if we had lost but we didn’t and stormed to a deserved 2-0 win to complete a near perfect day!