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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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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.

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.

Another wonderful day in Sydney

April 16, 2014
We love the Darling Harbour / Cockle Bay area so much we went to hang out there a few times.

We love the Darling Harbour / Cockle Bay area so much we went to hang out there a few times.

We checked out the heritage ships.  I was sure a pirate once owned this one.

We checked out the heritage ships. I was sure a pirate once owned this one.

The carousel was definitely my favourite activity of everything we've done in Sydney.

The carousel is definitely my favourite activity of everything we’ve done in Sydney and I managed to get more than one ride on that.

Tumbalong park comes in at a very close second of favourite things to do.

Tumbalong park comes in at a very close second of favourite things to do.

Rafa needed a little convincing to put his feet in the sand.

Rafa needed a little convincing to put his feet in the sand.

But later when he saw me on the digger...

But later when he saw me on the digger…

That was all the motivation he needed.

That was all the motivation he needed.

And if you wonder why he was almost naked on the digger you just need to know that there is an amazing canal system with dam gates and waterwheels.

And if you wonder why he was almost naked on the digger you just need to know that the park has an amazing canal system with dam gates and waterwheels.

And a splash pad.

And a splash pad.

Where we both got delightfully soaked.

Where we both got delightfully soaked.

By Ana.

 

Harbour and gardens walkabout

April 16, 2014
A perfect day for a walkabout.

A perfect day for a Sydney walkabout.

The Opera House.

The Opera House.

The Harbour Bridge.

The Harbour Bridge.

Play time on pieces of an old building facade at the Opera House entrance to the Botanic Gardens.

Play time on pieces of an old building facade at the Opera House entrance to the Botanic Gardens.

Runabout.

Runabout.

Time for a climb.

Time for a climb.

And a family shot.

And a family shot.

Coffee and a chat.

Coffee and a chat.

Three times around then three times back making a wish around the wishing tree.

Three times around then three times back makingour wishes at the wishing tree.

Hyde Park

April 15, 2014

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IAH > LAX > SYD

April 15, 2014

Our trip got off to a bad start with me vomiting, Papi feeling sick and a momentary hiccup with Rafa’s Australian visa.

We had everything back on track by the time we had departed Houston and had dug out things to do from our activity pack.

We had everything back on track by the time we departed Houston and had dug out things to do from our activity pack.

Flight one down, followed by 5 hours to hang at LAX.  We thought the new terminal was gorgeous with its new shops and restaurants and giant digital art screens.

The kids area was super cool too.  We surfed a little then played tag with some bigger kids on our flight (who Rafa had no problems tackling to the ground).  We ran until our cheeks were red.

The kids area was super cool too. We surfed a little then played tag with some bigger kids on our flight (who Rafa had no problems tackling to the ground). We ran until our cheeks were red.

We slept for about 3/4 the 14 and a half hour flight with our new travelling blankets and pillows (Dusty and Sofia the First themed).

And for the first time I signed my own Incoming Passenger Card.  A-N-A.

And for the first time I signed my own Incoming Passenger Card. A-N-A.

About 30 hours after we left home in Houston we were getting off the train in the Sydney CBD.

And happily reading books with Abuela in a Pitt St Cafe.

And happily reading books with Abuela in a Pitt St Cafe.

Mum and Papi were happy to be there too.

Mum and Papi were happy to be there too.

By Ana.

 

Photos from Mum

November 30, 2013

Auckland

Catching up with Family.

Catching up with Family.

View from the harbour bridge (and sunshine!).

And the view from the harbour bridge.

Tasmania

A rare visit to campus.

On campus.

A walk around Hobart waterfront.

A walk around Hobart waterfront.

And out to dinner.

And out to dinner.

Sydney

Sydney harbour.  Waterfront walks never grow old.  Especially when it's sunny!

Sydney harbour. Waterfront walks never grow old. Especially when it’s sunny!

The iconic Opera House.

Brisbane

An urban gymnastics class at Gym Cartel in Newstead.

An urban gymnastics class at Gym Cartel in Newstead.

A not-so-sunny river walk.

A not-so-sunny river walk.

A catch up with the book club crew.

A catch up with the book club crew.

or a Calypso mango.

and a Calypso mango.