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Nov 15, 2016 - You can look for the super moon...

In Perth, you can look for the super moon while dining with the owners of the apartment. Our other dining guests from downstairs were...guess what? If you said German you would be correct and they prove, yet again, one of my prime travel theorems... yet again: Wherever you are, there is a German. Oh, and you can have pavlova. You can watch the sun bears have a chat about their dentistry... You can take the bus in the rain and you can have tea to warm up waiting for the rain to quit. You can cook on the cockie grill called a heatlie. We...

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Nov 14, 2016 - South Beach, WA version

WA has some of the most remarkable beaches I think I have seen. Pound for pound, or kg for kg, I would put them up against any beach most anywhere. Especially remarkable because they are so accessible to the public, squeaky clean although the water is a wee bit brisk! Which isn't what I would expect given the clarity of the water and past experience. But what do I know! One of the most treasured Qing opportunities is to dig in the sand at the beach. Ah, the sweet simplicity of it all. I got to jump in and swim a bit and I didn't even get...

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Nov 11, 2016 - Fremantle markets

This market may be as good as they get, but I am old and forget things anymore. I thought it was fantastic. You can play the piano, get raw honey, perfect vegetables, and Turkish food, too. The fresh donuts are crispy sugary divinity. You can buy didgeridoos, which I really want to do but we have to wait for a bushman to give it to us. ALthough there was one there who could play incredibly well. Definitely worth the trip.

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Nov 10, 2016 - Built from a prison colony by prisoners

We are actually staying about mid way between Perth and Fremantle in a residential neighborhood which is terrific. Public transport is quite good albeit the pricing is a bit confounding. OK for me, buy a smart card and wave it on and off. Kids however pay a lot less but you must know where you are going in advance and pay by zones. This can pose a problem for the tourist from time to time. The poor qings had to fish around for coins and sort out the giant kangaroo money (have you seen a 50cent piece?) and count in a hurry while the driver...

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Oct 14, 2016 - Sad News and Happy Celebrations

Hi Everyone It is a very sad time for us as Paul's mum has passed away. She went quietly in her sleep after a fairly aggressive illness, she would have been 90 years old next month. Our love and condolences go to Brian, mum's partner for over 30 years, and Andrew, Paul's brother, and all the rest of the family in England. On a happier note my Dad has just celebrated his 90th birthday. According to mum the door bell was being continually rung as cards, parcels and flowers arrived all through the day. We hope he enjoyed his special day. The...

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Our Aussie Adventure

Sep 13, 2016 - UPDATE NOTES Days 91 - 94

Hi All, Well for the past week or so we have been chasing wildflowers crisscrossing an area north of Perth which was another of the many reasons for doing the trip at this time of year and we were not disappointed. We stayed at 3 very small towns with very small caravan parks as free camping is currently not an option. The weather has gone cold, nights are around the 6 -9 and days around the 12 -18 so the electric blankets, heaters and air con are all hard at work. The flowers are incredible, from large areas in bloom to tiny orchids the...

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Feb 12, 2016 - Arrived in Australia at last ....to have a good day in Fremantle

After 7 days at sea crossing the Indian ocean in quite cool and cloudy conditions we arrived in Fremantle to glorious sunshine........but fortunately the 40+C temperatures we had been seeing on the news in Fremantle had passed and it was low 30+C with quite a breeze which made it OK for getting about. We set off after breakfast with no real plans of what we should do.... for a change..... but when we found some free cycles to use all other plans were abandoned although the pedal bikes were VERY BASIC with no gears and a back pedal brake! We...

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Dec 18, 2015 - More Fremantle

Thought I'd share a few more pics. Fremantle has such lovely buildings, which are so well preserved. The pristine weather helps, I'm sure. Many rehabs were done on interiors, while preserving the facades. Downtown was very alive last night (Friday night!) and we ate dinner at a place called Healthy Burger. While there is a lot of beef cattle raised in AU, Corinn says they are finally figuring out how to make a decent burger. And that's what we had last night. Apologies to my vegetarian friends :)

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Dec 17, 2015 - Fremantle and beyond

We're staying in a modern flat in the fascinating city of Fremantle, which is a shipping port just south of Perth. There are cafes aplenty, shops, historic buildings, and of course the beach, all of which we will be exploring today (and which are within walking distance!) Yesterday we visited a park called Point Walter, along the Swan river. Then we had a lovely lunch and spent the afternoon with Darryl's sister Lou and her husband Andy and son Chris. They've recently moved to a new house, so we got to see what the Perth suburbs look like....

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Mar 26, 2015 - Board the MSC Orchestra

We boarded the MSC Orchestra early 12 noon. We have been celebrity spotting starting with Kate Cebrano, Ross Wilson & Normie Rowe within the cruise terminal. The cruise is sheer opulence in carpet, marble, food & drink are second to none. The Italians have no idea how to cater for so many Aussies & Kiwis under one roof at once. We dropped lines at 21:30 and there were a few sad faces, a few teary eyes and alot of happy faces. I was one of the teary ones (especially with Pavarotti singing 'Time to say Goodbye' but Paul was out looking for...

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Mar 25, 2015 - Fremantle and Cottesloe Beach

Fremantle and Cottesloe After a morning spent doing laundry and taking care of some travel stuff, I headed out for Fremantle using the Perth train system, which is a well organized and efficient transportation system. Fremantle served as Western Australia's major port since 1829 and as the gateway to millions of immigrants. If you saw the Tom Selleck movie "Quigley Down Under," this is the port city through which he sailed into Australia. By the way, that was an interesting movie showing some geographic aspects of this part of the country,...

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Feb 5, 2015 - The beginning.

Knot Dreaming has again nominated for the 2015 Fremantle to Bali Race and Rally departing Fremantle at 12.00 noon Saturday 16th May 2015. The crew is very similar to our 2011 trip where Knot Dreaming won the Rally division, namely, Andrew Dawson (owner/skipper), John Strickland, John Heydon, Chris Harmer and Bob Lee. Jim McBeth who did the 2011 race is not with us this time.

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