Sunday, June 16, 2013

Maritime Reflections .....


I'm a little embarrassed to say that despite many visits to Fremantle over the years, we've never ventured inside the WA Maritime Museum, that is until Friday, it's seriously fantastic inside and out. I thought I'd start with the outside and head indoors tomorrow, and yes the sky really was that blue, there were no 'touch ups' at all. Below, the steps leading to the upper level viewing area, in the shot to the right you can see how the museum is situated on the tip of Victoria Quay, designed to look straight out to the entrance of the harbor with the two lighthouses on each mole.....
The museum opened in December 2002 and in 2003 won the 'best new tourism venue', you'll see why when you visit :) Even though the rounded structure of the museum isn't anything like the more spiky outline of the Sydney Opera House, the white against the blue, blue sky and water always makes me think about it..... 
Sitting on a slipway built to service submarines during WW2 gifted to the museum in 1998 is HMAS Ovens (if you scroll right down you'll see her sitting here in her new home), one of over 160 submarines served from Fremantle, making this port the biggest allied submarine base outside Pearl Harbor, did you know that? I didn't! You can have a guided tour inside the sub but due to my claustrophobic tendencies that wasn't an option:) Do you find that since you started blogging you've discovered so much more about the city you live in than ever before? Hope you're having a good weekend, wee bit chilly here in Perth, take care.....have a look here for more Weekend Reflections.....


24 comments:

  1. Great watery reflections for the day! Love the
    blue, blue water! Hope you're enjoying a great weekend!

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  2. I have been to the Maritime Museum twice with visitors and I think it was built in a beautiful location with great views.

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  3. My wife and I have been to many art museums on our travels, but not many maritime museums, due to her influence over how we spend our time. An exception is the Vasa Museum in Stockholm, which was amazing.

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  4. The building looks stunning Grace - I love it. You captured it beautifully... and those azure skies are wonderful. Lucky you!

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  5. That is a spectacular location, Grace!

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  6. Great-looking building and the blues are marvelous to see, Grace!

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  7. It looks like a really cool place. I was in the navy so the maritime theme is of interest to me. I love the reflection!

    Oh yes, it gets hot in Texas. Our summer starts next week so it's not as hot now as it soon will be. Now it's mid 30's during the day and mid 20's at night but in a few weeks it will be in the high 30's to around 44 during the day and the night temps will be from 27 to 33. For me the worst part is the that it never really cools down even at 3 or 4am it will be in the high 20's or low 30's.

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  8. Great shots of the outside, Grace!

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  9. Super pics and a super place. I would go in the sub, but not sure if I would fit!

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  10. I'd go to the museum, but not the sub. Severe claustrophobia!

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  11. I love the brilliant colour in these!

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  12. The clear blue sky and the calm water seem to indicate that the lighthouses would never be needed.

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  13. A great location for the museum Grace ..... I don't think I've ever seen a submarine .... it's huge.
    Please send those pretty blue skies eastwards.

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  14. I love that first reflection shot! :)

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  15. Some amazing photos of this place today! Wow, that sky is really gorgeous. And, yes I've learned lots of things about Phoenix that I didn't know before I started this blog.

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  16. Awesome place! I guess I'm not the only blog visitor quizzing if the "sky is really that blue"? How lovely to wake up to each day. San Diego was like that for me and I still miss it.

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  17. I could get lost in all that blue, so wonderful! I love that unusual white architecture against the sky and can see why it would bring to mind the Sydney Opera House. Lovely outside tour (and thanks for all that sun!:)

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  18. Great place and great architecture.
    Superb images!
    I just love them all, the windows, the light and the space plus the BLUE.

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  19. these are wonderful .. i love getting to know your city through your eyes

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  20. Sometimes you have to be in the mood to go somewhere. Aren't you happy that you finally made this visit?!

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  21. Just how did we manage to miss this??? We went to Freo, more than once!
    Yes, Grace, you´re right - I also have a more intense look on the city (Braunschweig) since blogging.
    Blogging gave me back so much already. Including coming back to Perth and doing ot again :-) Maybe we can say hello for real in November...

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  22. You have my sympathies about not venturing into the sub....I tried once on a similar diesel sub, then changed my mind at the top of the ladder...!

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