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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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Nov 26, 2014 - Our Itinerary

Date Port Arrive Depart Thursday, 26 March 2015 Fremantle, Australia 12:00 Friday, 27 March 2015 Fremantle, Australia 3:00 Saturday, 28 March 2015 Albany, Australia 7:00 18:00 Sunday, 29 March 2015 At Sea Monday, 30 March 2015 At Sea Tuesday, 31 March 2015 Resting Place Of HMAS Sydney, Australia TBA Wednesday, 01 April 2015 Cocos (Keeling) Island, Australia Thursday, 02 April 2015 At Sea Friday, 03 April 2015 At Sea Saturday, 04 April 2015 At Sea Sunday, 05 April 2015 Colombo, Sri Lanka 6:00 17:00 Monday, 06 April 2015 At Sea...

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Mar 27, 2014 - Fremantle

We returned to Fremantle. On the way we stopped for lunch at New Norcia, Australia's only complete monastic town. Every church, school, and lunch bar is owned by monks. Designed in the style of a Spanish Benedictine village, New Norcia's grandiose buildings stand in stark contrast to the surrounding bushland. In the evening we had dinner at the Yacht Club.

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Mar 23, 2014 - Fremantle

Sunday, Mar. 23 We had breakfast at a small cafe near where Jesse and Jessie were staying in Fremantle and we got to meet their new son and hold him. We walked around Kings Park . The park is a mixture of grassed parkland, botanical gardens and natural bushland on Mount Eliza with two thirds of the grounds conserved as native bushland. With panoramic views of the Swan River and Darling Range, it is home to over 300 native plant varieties and 80 bird species. It overlooks the city as well as Perth Water and Melville Water on the Swan River....

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Mar 20, 2014 - Fremantle

We woke very early and attended the South Perth-Burswood Rotary meeting with Steve. It was at the Burswood Casino which we got to walk through. We had a wonderful breakfast and heard about the water projects being constructed. Then we packed up and Kathy picked us up to stay with her and Kevin in Femantle. We are so lucky. Kevin and Kathy were able to get us a flat right beside them, looking out over the Swan River. We are definitely spoiled! Fremantle is a city in Western Australia, located at the mouth of the Swan River. Fremantle Harbour...

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Feb 28, 2014 - Freo party time

Tonight we took Paul and Helen and the kids out to dinner at Fremantle. We ended up at an Italian restaurant eating huge plates of food and afterwards walking along the street browsing the second hand book shop and any other shop that was open and finally ending up at the time zone where the kids had a whale of a time, racing cars and shooting antelope. Lots of fun. There was some weird street entertainment, it's hard to believe these people are not on drugs (or maybe they are!). Finally we headed back to their home for our last night...

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Feb 28, 2014 - Journey to Fremantle, WA, Australia

We said a leisurely goodbye to our hostess at the Riverview B&B. Mary develop a "passion" for the passionfruit grown right in the orchard/garden and Liz gave her several for the journey north. Just a few kilometers up the road we stopped to take pictures of Beckett's Winery. (My brother's name is Beckett.) We headed for the coast, and stopped for a walk on Yallingup Beach. Further north we stopped for lunch at Bunkers Beach Cafe near Eagle Bay on Cape Naturaliste - very good food and great setting on the beach. Continuing toward Perth, we...

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Jan 12, 2014 - Free Church

We saw Michael and Margie and they lent us a car to go to church. We went to Phil and Lisa's church called Free church at Fremantle, and met a lot of friendly people who welcomed us there. Phil has done an amazing job with the church there and designed it in a warehouse. There was a lovely presence of The Lord there as Lisa led worship. Their church is looking to amalgamate with another local church. Another friend came and also Paul and Helen and the kids. There was no offering taken and we shared lunch with the congregation. Roast...

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Sep 28, 2013 - Go the Dockers!

(Ben) Since last Saturday when the Fremantle Dockers won their way into their first ever AFL grand final, I'd been pretty excited about being in Freo on grand final day. As we had no previous allegiance to either the Dockers or the Hawks, and given our geographical location, we firmly adopted the Dockers as our team for the occasion, hoping to see them win their maiden premiership. We caught the free bus into town in the morning, killing an hour or so checking out some of the historical Freo markets. All the while the purple frenzy was...

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Sep 27, 2013 - Dolphin days

(Ben) Prior to leaving Brisbane, and while we've been travelling, Sal has been keeping her eye on the online voucher sites for all the capital cities, hoping to find deals to help us explore and enjoy them better. For Perth she managed to find a couple to do with dolphins and we booked these in for our first two days here. Yesterday we went on a one hour scenic cruise through some of the canals and waterways in Mandurah, about an hour south of Perth. The cruise also advertises dolphin viewing as part of the experience though of course they...

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