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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 wild, wild west

June 23, 2010

Telling Papi stories (Mum says I should have been asleep)

Tonight when Papi got home from his conference I told him all about the adventures Mum and I had today in the wild, wild west.  The horse that we rode into town on, the saloon we had lunch at and the shooting of Buffalo Bill over gambling debts.

Having lunch in a wild west saloon

Is this hereditary?

June 22, 2010

Mum and me at the bottom of Jacob's ladder ready to climb back up

Mum decided to strap 8kgs onto her front (that’s where I come in) and went down and up and down and up Jacob’s ladder.  Apparently for fun.  Do you think this kind of behaviour is hereditary?

the top of Jacob's ladder

Green grass and blue skies

June 21, 2010

Mum and I have just got back from a stroll through the botanic gardens and a play on the grass at Kings Park.  The grass was soft and smelt nice, there were little birds singing and a soft breeze.  Perfect for another afternoon nap.

Swan Valley

June 20, 2010

Today we went to the Swan Valley (unfortunately we didn’t see any swans).  We strolled around historic Guildford.  The town was established in 1829 and everything was really old.  We then went to the Black Swan winery.  We lunched out on the lawn, vineyards in view, a man singing with his guitar, sunny but not too hot… a perfect time for an afternoon nap.  Finally a brief stop off at The Margaret River Chocolate Company on the way home.  I think Papi liked it because he lined up twice at the chocolate tasting stand.

India is that-a-way

June 19, 2010

This morning we got up early and flew to Perth.  By the afternoon we were having a late lunch at Cottesloe Beach.  Mum said if I got in the water and swam and swam and swam I could swim all the way to India.  Here Papi and I were pondering how long it would take to get there.