Archive for April, 2014

Going home

April 30, 2014

Leg one:  PER – SYD.

Movies and lunch.  All good.

The 4 hour flight went pretty quickly with lunch and tv.  We then spent 14 hours in a Sydney airport hotel.

Leg two: SYD – LAX.

We didn't mind the delay at all.  It meant time in the airport playground, new toys thanks to Qantas apology vouchers and the time came off the wait at the other end anyway!

We were back at the airport bright and early but our 10am flight was delayed until after lunch.  We didn’t mind the delay at all. It meant time in the airport playground, new toys thanks to Qantas apology vouchers and the time came off the wait at the other end anyway!

Apparently the lights are turned off so we can all get some sleep.

Apparently the lights get turned off so we can all get some sleep.

Leg three: LAX – IAH.

I still had enough energy to read everyone the safety card as I have done on every flight.

By the third flight I knew the safety instructions so well I thought I should be demonstrating them to everyone.  Apparently I’m supposed to be quiet through that bit though.

I told Mum that we wanted to play all of this flight too.

Then I told Mum that we wanted to play all of this flight too.

But a few hours of sleep did feel good.  So good in fact neither of us wanted to wake up when we got to Houston so Mum and Papi had to carry us off the plane.

But a few hours of sleep did feel good. So good in fact neither of us wanted to wake up when we got to Houston so Mum and Papi had to carry us off the plane.

 

 

Swan Valley

April 29, 2014

Our last day in Perth.  We borrowed Grandpa John’s car and headed for the Swan Valley.  The Swan Valley is just half an hour from Perth CBD and known for its food and wine trails.  Stopping at the Guilford Information Centre for a map Mum created our very own Swan Valley fun trail, up West Swan Road and back down the Great Northern Highway, tailored especially to us kids.

Stop 1: The Margaret River Chocolate Company

Stop one was The Margaret River chocolate factory.

Check out our big smiles at our first stop!

We peered through the window at them making chocolates and even got to sample a few.

We peered through the window at chocolatiers making delicious treats.  We even got to sample a few.

We stopped for a coffee.

It’s a great spot for a coffee break.

and a leg stretch.

and a leg stretch.

Stop 2: Cuddly Animal Farm

They gave us buckets of bread and cabbage so we could feed all the animals.

They gave us buckets of food so we could feed all the animals.

The rabbits and guinea pigs were more welcoming than the sheep and goats.

The guinea pigs were shy at first.

But we got a few cuddles.

But we got a few cuddles in the end.

And the chicks were okay.  But I really, really, really didn't like the goats.  Mum had to rescue me from there!

The chicks also were reasonably friendly. But I really, really, really didn’t like the goats. Mum had to rescue me from their house.

The bikes, bounce house and play ground was also fun.

We got a sweat up on the bikes, bounce house and play ground.

And the train.  But by the end of all of that we were getting hungry!

And had a good time on the train. But by the end of all of that we were getting hungry!

Stop 3: The Cheese Barrel

The Cheese Barrel is the cafe connected to The Olive Vineyard which was the first to plant vines in 1829.  The lunch and wine (according to Mum and Papi) was delicious.

The Cheese Barrel is the cafe on site at Olive Farm Wines which was the first winery in WA, planting vines in 1829. The lunch and wine (according to Mum and Papi) was delicious.

Fortunately Mum and Papi were happy to sit and wait whilst Rafa and I had a leisurely play in the sandpit.

Fortunately Mum and Papi were content to sit and wait whilst Rafa and I had a leisurely play in the sandpit.

Stop 4: Whistler’s Chocolate Company

Didn't I mention Mum did a great job of planning this day for us?  Whistler's Chocolate Factory gave us more chocolate samples.

Mum said we could have a fourth stop at another chocolate place if we were good at lunch.  I’m sure that’s called bribery but we were cool with that.

Clearly we were VERY good at lunch because we even scored another babycino.

Clearly we were VERY good at lunch because we even scored another babycino.

And time to run around and build more sandcastles.

And even some extra time to run around and build more sandcastles.

Stops 5, 6 and 7.  Looking for Lucy.

Found her!

Found her!  Actually she was at Whistler’s but I thought she was still buried in the sandpit at the Cheese Barrel so there was a bit of a back tracking trying to find her.

The day was as long as this post but a really happy one.  After being reunited with Lucy all of us in the back seat slept soundly on the drive back to Perth.

 

 

 

 

Fremantle

April 28, 2014
Fremantle (known as Freo locally) is known for its well preserved 19th century architectural heritage.

Fremantle (called Freo locally) is known for its well preserved 19th century architectural heritage.

Many of the limestone buildings and ornate facades were built by convicts sent from Britain in 1850 to support the local population.

Many of the limestone buildings and ornate facades were built by convicts sent from Britain in 1850 to support the local population.

The original Fremantle jail, The Round House, was built in 1830 but wasn't big enough to house the migrating convicts who had to build their own prison in 1850 which became one of the British Empires most notorious prisons and is now visited by tourists.

The original Fremantle jail, The Round House (up on the hill) was built in 1830 but wasn’t big enough to house the migrating convicts who had to build a new jail for themselves in the mid 1800s.  Both can be toured today (although we just looked from the outside).

Many of the oranate buildings house a budding artist scene and great coffee shops.

Many of the oranate buildings house a budding artist scene although we didn’t go to any galleries either.

Great coffee shops are also in abundance and I had to make the most of those Babycinos since we don't have them back home.

We did however, stop in on one of the many great coffee shops which was my idea as I’ve become particularly fond of Babycinos on this trip.

By Ana.



 

Cottesloe Beach

April 27, 2014

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Cottosloe

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We’re now back home in Houston but since we had a few internet access challenges whilst in Australia we’ve still got a few days of holiday snaps to share with you such as the above pictures taken from our lazy afternoon on Cottesloe Beach, complete with Aussie cuisine for lunch, fish and chips!

(mostly) Kings Park

April 24, 2014

We’ve managed to squeeze in a little bit of park time every day we’ve been here so far.  Mostly in one of the parks within Kings Park which is an over 4km square park in Perth CBD.  With Botanic Gardens, trails, several awesome kids’ playgrounds, cafes, a sky walk and amazing views it’s an absolute must see for anyone going to Perth.

Flying away with my co-pilot Rafa.

Flying away with my co-pilot Rafa.

The giant croc was a favourite.  Snap snap.

The giant croc was a favourite. Snap snap.

These guys were pretty cool too.  Quack quack.

These guys were pretty cool too. Quack quack.

I learnt a new trick.

I learnt a new trick.

We did lots and lots of walking.

We did lots and lots of walking.

Of course.

Of course.

Bubbles!  (this was at Market park in Subiaco)

Bubbles! (this was at Market park in Subiaco)

The view from the Malcolm street side is gorgeous.

The view from the Malcolm street side is gorgeous.

Read about my last trip to King’s Park here.

Socialising

April 23, 2014

We’ve had so much fun catching up with family at various BBQs, breakfasts and Grandpa John’s Birthday brunch. Here are a few pics.

Alan, Papi, Dave and Auntry VJ and Grantie's Deb and Rachel.

Alan, Papi, Dave and Auntry VJ and Grantie’s Deb and Rachel.

Trevor, Alexandra and Mrs Hunt (Jennifer's brother, daughter and Mum).

Trevor, Alexandra and Mrs Hunt (Jennifer’s brother, daughter and Mum).

Donna and our cousin Andrew.

Donna and our cousin Andrew.

Aunty VJ, Deb and Rachel (Great Aunties) and Mum.

Aunty VJ, Deb and Rachel (Great Aunties) Mum and Carlos.

Grandpa John and Jennifer tearing up the dance floor.

Grandpa John and Jennifer tearing up the dance floor.

The big day – Grandpa John and Jennifer get married

April 22, 2014
All scrubbed up for the main event.

All scrubbed up for the main event.

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Giving Grandpa John a big squeeze for good luck.

Grandpa John singing his bride down the aisle.

Grandpa John singing his bride down the aisle.

The happy couple.

The happy couple.

Rafa thought the aisle made a perfect train track.,

Rafa thought the aisle made a perfect train track.

And I got the rings to the right place at the right time.

And I got the rings to the right place at the right time.

Rafa forgot he wasn't actually part of the wedding party.

Rafa forgot he wasn’t actually part of the wedding party.

The family shot.

The family shot.

Time for dancing.

Time for dancing.

And dinner.

And dinner.

The day before the big day

April 21, 2014
At the wedding rehearsal Rafa thought he would quite like to be a groomsman.

At the wedding rehearsal Rafa thought he would quite like to be a groomsman.

Meanwhile I was hard at work learning my role as ring bearer.

Meanwhile I was hard at work learning my role as ring bearer.

I was taking my responsibility very seriously.

I was taking my responsibility very seriously.

I still had time for fun... racing William.  I won!

I still had time for fun… racing William. I won!

Later that evening Papi, Grandpa John and a few other boys had a party which included consuming an $800 bottle of Grange.

Later that evening Papi, Grandpa John and a few other boys had a party which included an $800 bottle of Grange.

Whilst Aunty VJ, Mum Rafa and I hung out in our apartment having our own party.

Whilst Aunty VJ, Mum, Rafa and I hung out in our apartment having our own party.  Our party was cooler, we had easter eggs.

By Ana.

 

WiFi troubles

April 20, 2014

We’re having a great time in Perth however our hotel WiFi is patchy. After several attempts to post pictures we’re conceeding defeat and will update you all when we can get a better connection.

The great Sydney rhinoceros hunt

April 18, 2014
We found our first rhinocerous on the corner of Pitt St and Market

We found our first rhinoceros on the corner of Pitt St and Market.

Carlos rode one at Hyde Park.

Carlos rode one at Hyde Park.

Bright and colourful at Cockle Bay.

Bright and colourful at Cockle Bay.

Another Cockle Bay rhino looked a little bit like Rainbow Dash.

Another Cockle Bay rhino looked a little bit like Rainbow Dash.

We found this guy outside the Chinese Gardens.

We found this guy outside the Chinese Gardens.

Another one hanging out in Pitt Street.

Another one hanging out in Pitt Street.

Pitt St clearly a popular rhino hangout.

Pitt St clearly a popular rhino hangout.

Macquarie St.

Macquarie St.

Circular Quay at the Ferry Terminal.

Circular Quay at the Ferry Terminal.

Abuela wanted to take this one home (Botanic Gardens).

Abuela wanted to take this tiled mosaic home from Botanic Gardens.

And this guy at the Botanic Gardens was covered in lids!

And this guy at the Botanic Gardens was covered in lids!

At the Opera House.

At the Opera House.

Darling Harbour was the hangout for this darling.

Darling Harbour was the hangout for this darling.

And this one.

And this one.

Rhino or Zebra?  We thought he counted as our 15th rhino.

Rhino or Zebra? We thought he counted as our 15th rhino.

We spotted our last one just as we were getting into the train station on our way to the airport.

We spotted our last one just as we were getting into the train station on our way to the airport.

The rhinos are part of the Taronga Zoo’s Wild Rhinos to raise awareness of the plight facing rhinos through poaching and habitat loss and to raise funds for the zoo’s rhino conservation program.  The herd is 125 strong and spread around streets, parks and public spaces in Sydney.  They will be auctioned on May 14th.