Saturday, April 30, 2011

Cappuccino strip

South Terrace in Fremantle is known as the cappuccino strip, with cafe's down both sides of the road. You can tell when the weather gets a little bit cooler which side of the road is most popular. Yes it's true, we do consider 20C a bit cooler.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Rottnest

Rottnest Island, (www.rottnestisland.com) otherwise known as 'Perth's favourite island playground', not in the same way as perhaps the Greek Islands are the playground for the jet set, but more in the way that it's a great place for families with young children, as you can see,  families go over with their bikes, surfboards and I even saw quite a few carrying their own pillows (I might do that too).  Rottnest was named by a Dutch explorer in 1696 when he saw the many Quokkas (see above link, it will explain everything) and thought they were rats.There are a number of shipwrecks off Rottnest which makes it a very popular destination for divers. The main way to get to Rottnest is the ferry (www.rottnestexpress.com.au) which leaves from Hillary's Marina and also from Fremantle (another post), I can say from personal experience it's not much fun if the swell is up and it's choppy, that was a few years ago and I still remember it well.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

St. Georges Terrace

St. Georges Terrace is probably my favorite street in the city for taking photo's. It is a real mixture of old and new buildings standing alongside each other.  A good example being the Old Perth Boys School which was built in 1853 (http://lifeonperth.com/oldboysschool.htm) and is now a cafe, directly behind it is the City Square building which is still under construction and I think may when it is finished be Perth's tallest building (http://citysquare.com.au), this link is very cool and even has a video of how the building will be used when it is finished.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Rajah, Mila and Echo

Was woken up this morning to the sound of rain and lots of it. The best sound ever after such a long, hot dry spell. Could almost hear my garden heave a huge sigh of relief. Anyway it kept up for most of the day, so I decided to go with a photo that I took a few days ago at Sorrento Quay.  This is one of my favourite sculptures, the three dolphins Rajah, Mila and Echo had been an attraction at Atlantis which was an aquatic park at Yanchep. When it closed they tried unsuccessfully to rehabilitate them, so they were penned at the Marina and had a very happy time showing off  and even swimming with visitors and locals alike. I remember seeing them many times, they seemed happy, hopefully they were. It was very sad when they mysteriously died, they think that someone might have poisoned them, so tragic and cruel if that is actually what happened. The sculpture is atop a wishing well, when you put in a gold coin it does a complete turn, the money goes to Rotary and is used for several good causes. The link I've added is so interesting as it shows how they designed the sculpture from beginning to end (www.rotarydolphinshillarys.com.au). I chose this angle to show them as I think it looks like they are about to leap into the water. I hope you enjoy reading about them.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

After the parade

It was a holiday in Australia yesterday for Anzac Day ( which happened this year to fall on Easter Monday, so it is also a holiday today). All the big stores were closed but the important places like coffee shops and certain bookshops were open. On the way back from the Anzac parade we stopped at The Rydges Hotel on the cnr of Hay and King St.(http://www.Rydges.com/Perth) to have coffee , it also happens to be directly opposite one of my very favorite bookshops Elizabeth's Secondhand Bookshop (www.elizabethsbookshop.com.au/shop) a perfect place to browse, so all in all a good day.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Lest we Forget

I went into the city today to take photos of the Anzac Day parade (www.anzacsite.gov.au). After the rain yesterday the weather was brilliant. I took so many photos of the parade, it was very impressive with the pipe bands and uniforms, so picking a shot to show here was not easy.  In the end I went with an impromptu picture I took after the parade of two veterans  (because after all that's what this day is all about) who when I approached them and asked 'good morning Lads can I take your picture'  jumped up so pleased and gave me their best smiles.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter

It always seems to be the way in Perth, plans are made for Sunday picnics and without doubt it always rains, even though it hasn't rained for many months before this, and today was no exception. We still did catch up with family and on the way home stopped at Kings Park (www.bgpa.wa.gov.au) which was packed with families determined to picnic whatever the weather conditions.  Where ever there are Aussies  there is always a footy to kick around, that's just the way it is.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Legacy Australia

On 25th April it is Anzac Day here in Australia, more about that on Monday. In the days before Anzac Day, many veterans, servicemen and women and volunteers collect for Legacy (www.legacy.com.au). These two gentlemen were more than happy to pose for my camera with or without a donation (of course I did donate to such a worthy cause). What I liked apart from the big smiles, was that they were so different in shape and height, next year I might be a volunteer.

Friday, April 22, 2011

King Street

When we were in the city on Wednesday of course my friend and I had to have a walk down King Street which is Perth's 'home to the designers street'. I could show you pictures of Tiffany & Co, Louis Vuitton, Sass & Bide etc, but I'm sure everyone knows what they look like. So instead I couldn't resist showing this photo I took in my daughters favorite store, Wheels & Dollbaby (www.wheelsanddollbaby.com), although the clothes are so beautiful I thought the mannequins looked very indifferent about it all.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

London Court


I was in the city today with a friend, we decided for a change to have coffee in London Court (www.londoncourt.com.au) it was built in 1937 and is very Tudor English, also it is a great place to sit, drink good coffee and 'tourist watch'.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Sorrento Quay


I am very excited to be joining the CityDailyPhoto as I have been a fan for a few years now.  My first port of call in the morning is always ParisDailyphoto as I am a self confessed  Francophile. I am starting off with a photo of one of my very favorite places, Sorrento Quay (www.sorrentoquay.com) which is only five minutes away from where I live.  When it was first planned there was a huge outcry that  it would spoil the natural coastline but has since become a tremendous attraction for both locals and tourists. This little beach is very toddler friendly and is popular with young families.
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