Saturday, January 28, 2012

Too easy.....!!

After many years of battling the traffic and the hassle of trying to find a parking spot, this year we decided to use Perth's extremely efficient train service to go into the city to see the fireworks on Australia Day. It's so rare that I use the trains that I'd forgotten how efficient and easy it can be. We drove to our local train station and ten minutes later we were speeding on our way into Perth. The suburban trains are electric (Fasttrack), quiet, clean, fast and most importantly on a 40C + day, fabulously air conditioned! It's five stops from our station into the city centre, so twenty minutes later we stepped out onto the platform in Perth, walked down to Langley Park to set up for the show, too easy as they say (whoever 'they' are).....
Strange things to see out of the window as the train pulls into the city station..this is the new Perth Arena which if you check out the link, will be an amazing looking structure when completed.....
The return trip after the fireworks was just as smooth and the verdict is..that in the future when going into the city for bigger events, the train is possibly the easiest way to travel..I hope you travel well over the weekend, go on, jump on a train to somewhere you haven't been for a while.....!

29 comments:

  1. I came to that conclusion years ago...parking in Brisbane is a nightmare at the best of times and SO expensive. So, it's the train every time for me when I want to go to a special event or out to dinner, and want to drink. Happy weekend.

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  2. Sometimes being chauffeured is the only way to go!

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  3. I agree! Trains for me definitely over driving in a city like Seattle where traffic is a nightmare nearly all the time!! Great shots, Grace! Hope you have a lovely weekend!

    Sylvia

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  4. we spent 3 weeks in Australia a few weeks ago and LOVED the public transportation in the cities...Sydney, Melbourne...we didn't get to Perth on this trip but sure hope to do just that in the future. We didn't rent a car anywhere! We used our feet and public wheels!!!!!!!!! LOVED it and wish we had the same in our cities here in the USA!!!!!

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  5. We did exactly that last year and is definitely the best way. Did you get very wet? Amazing weather. Fiona

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  6. Public transport is the only way to go downtown here too!

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  7. I'm beginning to like Perth a lot! I love warm weather and the many beautiful aspects of your city and the trains! My god, the trains! How wonderful they must be! We either drive a car or stay home! No trains in sight!

    I like your portrait! In fact, I reflected on it for some time!

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  8. I wish we had a better commuter system in my city. The drive in isn't too bad, but the drive home can be brutal.

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  9. I always avoid taking the car into the city,if I have to go there for some reason. Parking can be costly and it´s just 2 stops into the city for me from my train station. The trouble sometimes is getting a parking space at the train station. Sometimes I leave the car a bit further out and take a bus to the station to solve that problem. But Perth´s transport system is great!!

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  10. I will remember this when we visit perth ! Unfortunately, it cannot be said the same for KL !

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  11. Good for you. That option is not available to us for local traffic in Hartford, but if we are going to New York City, the train is by far the easiest and most relaxing way to go.

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  12. Ooo I would love to hop on our train this weekend but prior commitments will put that on hold for the next weekend. Great shots. I love that little girls expression in the last shot.

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  13. WE don't have any real transit system here in my city except for sporadic buses that may or may not work. In Paris we always take the Metro. It's quick and except at peak hours when it's super crowded, it's the way to go. I don't usually have the nerve to whip out the big camera. Glad you did! :)
    V

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  14. I like using public transportation in DC. Although I usually walk or use my scooter to go places.

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  15. The only time i use public transport is to go into the city which is rare and parking is a nightmare as well as expensive. I prefer to walk or go by car around my local suburb :-).

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  16. you make me want to MOVE there!


    Warm Aloha from Waikiki
    Comfort Spiral

    > < } } ( ° >

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  17. La imagen transmite un bonito lugar para visitar.
    estaré de viaje por cuestiones de trabajo,
    que tenas un feliz fin de semana.
    un abrazo.

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  18. You did not mention the cost! That is the biggest problem with trains here. That one looks good, and ideal for town travel.

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  19. Hola, te acabo de conocer..me encantan las fotos en viaje..te seguiré..un beso desde Murcia...seguimos...

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  20. They all look extremely tired Perth! Have a nice weekend...!

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  21. Wisdom comes with the years, it is mostly easier to visit a town with public transport.

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  22. thanks for taking us along on this ride!

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  23. Efficient transportation is a dream over here...

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  24. Life seems easy viewed from a train. I can take this.

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  25. O the reflection shot is marvellous - have you got the camera strap round your wrist for safety?

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  26. Oops, I love the lady's flip flops in the second shot!

    I'm staying put. It's just too yucky outside but with 42°, I'm not sure I'd actually get off the train! :-)

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  27. I often take the tramway, but never think to take pictures inside of it. Seeing your train's pics ,i think I should, because it makes great pictures, very interesting and full of life

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  28. Fantastic shots. Nice to see your reflection. I love public transport and go by tram and regio train to work. To take pictures inside the train is quite difficult.

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