Saturday, April 30, 2016

Perth Day 1 & 2 Pt 1

It was almost a trouble free flight to Perth. We had parked the car at the airport, booking well in advance and getting it for half the price had we have just turned up, and everything went smoothly. Terminal 4 is not quite finished and we still had to walk through a temporary passage to the plane.

As we were descending to Perth Airport after a slightly quicker flight than scheduled, there was a thump and one of the strapped in flight attendants unbuckled and jumped up and rushed down the plane. She was back thirty seconds later and strapped back in. We did not know what happened but apparently an old man had fallen on the floor, so an ambulance crew greeted the plane. No sooner was he dealt with and a skinny and dirty looking teenager dressed in those hideous dark blue Adidas type pants so often seen on drug users collapsed in front of us. He was crying and muttering and slumped on the floor and it seemed like he was having a bad come down after some drug use. The airline staff were terrific with him and ascertained there was someone there to meet him, they called the person and escorted him over the tarmac and there was no need for the ambulance officers to act. Our bags arrived very quickly, as is usually the case with Tiger Airlines, and we hopped into a cab and $25 later, we were at our hotel.

Perth airport's Terminal 2 seemed very sparkly and new.


We had requested twin beds but because we had upgraded to a nicer suite, they only had double beds and nothing could be done about it.  Photos of the room later. These were rather curious skylights on the terrace below. The room was spotlessly clean and well equipped. Before dark we headed out to the nearest supermarket, well the nearest one that showed on google maps and a bottle shop for wine. There was a closer supermarket, we discovered later, and the one we found was only a small express supermarket. We bought some staples; bread, milk, cereal, tea, coffee and a few other bits and returned to the hotel via the bottle shop. I was already learning Perth Streets. We had walked along Hay Street and William Street. It was quite a decent walk and we were tired and so when it came time for dinner, R asked me I would mind staying in and we would just have crumpets. So much for our dinner for the first night in Perth. I slept on the couch but later lay on bed with a sheet and the bed was quite stable and I decided I could sleep in the same bed as R.


The morning dawned gorgeously fine and yes, I did see the dawn as I was still on eastern time, that is two hours later. R slept on regardless. This kookaburra arrived for a quick visit and left a rather large and nasty calling card. After breakfast I checked my phone and there was a message from Grace of the blog Perth Daily Photo asking if we would like to catch up with her and her husband P at 10 for coffee in town. It was already close to 10 and we made it to The Shingle Inn by 10.15.


Now I have known Grace quite some time via our respective blogs and I always have to be very sure about people before inflicting them on R. Grace on her blog comes across as interesting, interested, warm, friendly and witty and guess what? She is like that in real life too and we immediately felt comfortable with her and P, who was also very nice. Tick to another street, St Georges Terrace.

After coffee, Grace and P. led us down to the newly developed Elizabeth Quay, of which although I will hold my final judgement until the apartment towers are built, I found to be pretty good. There were plenty of people enjoying the warm and sunny day, especially the many children who were on school holidays.



Behind the Quay looms Kings Park right on the edge of the city and the war memorial can be seen.


Looking towards the city.


A footbridge structure at the outer edge of the Quay.


I thought quite a bit of clever design and thought had gone into the redevelopment of what was once a small but essentially unusable beach. Perth sits on the very wide Swan River about half an hour by slow ferry upstream from the Port of Fremantle and the Indian Ocean.


I used this photo in a Facebook post and I have no intention of telling you anything about it as what it is supposed to represent is very difficult to see in the sculpture.


We wandered along, passing through the Supreme Court Gardens and Stirling Gardens.



Busy lads at a government administrative building.


A nice water feature sitting below.....


.... and these larger than life kangaroo sculptures above. I just struck it lucky to be able to get a photo without someone trying to ride one of the 'roos. Where is R? I turned around and here he was chatting to a former resident of our building at home in Melbourne. She had just alighted from a bus right in front of R. We knew they had moved to Perth for family reasons. She is a former ballerina and I remember our former building manager Helen saying 'she walks like she has a broomstick stuck up her a***'. Their apartment was below and to the front of ours and she used to sleep topless on warm nights with us having a very clear view of her mammaries . TMI for us. Her husband can often be seen online in gay hook up apps and was a part time actor. Small world, hey.


Grace and P were going off to see something, so we decided to mosey around the city. I particularly wanted to see this building after Grace featured it on her blog. It is the quite new City Library. 


As a modern building, I like it.


It is a great internal space. This sign was unfortunate on the doors to the upper terrace, given it is a brand new building.


Looking up from the first floor.


An occasional table.


There are quite a number of buildings in Perth with castellations. I don't think we have any in Melbourne. Australia's most famous castellated building was the former Sydney tram depot called Fort Macquarie where the Sydney Opera House is now.



The pianist busker in Hay Street Mall was brill. The coins poured in. In the meantime, Grace and P were seeing a different busker.


Many fine buildings in Perth have been kept and restored and it is an interesting mix of the old and the new, and what from what I saw, can work quite well.




Even a bit of art deco.


28 comments:

  1. An interesting mixture of old and new architecture which seems to blend well together. Really like your detailed description of the journey and first impressions. Full marks Andrew.

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    1. Marie, Perth has done a terrific job with old buildings, but not so much with streetscapes of old buildings. I was surprised at how many old and some very grand buildings there are.

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  2. What a lovely spot to visit. Though, yikes, to the plane ride.

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    1. Sandra, it is not that I am scared of flying, I just hate it. It just has to be endured by Australians who live so far from anywhere.

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  3. I'm starting to really like Perth. On my last visit there, I didn't even experience any racism (in contrast to my two earlier visits). Still, I think the city is far too isolated for me to want to live there.

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    1. Ad Rad, of course as a white Anglo Saxon tourist, I don't see anything of the underbelly and how the local people have adjusted to the many foreign born in their midst. I would have liked to have thought that you would be ok as soon as you spoke.

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  4. Her husband can often be seen online in gay hook up apps

    A revelatory comment.....about yourself?

    I don't really keep a bucket list but if I did then a visit to Perth definitely would be - is - on it.

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    1. Victor, I only use them for stalking purposes and I don't have a proper profile. There are four regulars in our building, and a number who have come and gone.

      You really should make the effort to visit Perth.

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  5. I loved living in Perth but it was *cough* some time ago. Of all your gorgeous photos, the only sites I remember are places like the Supreme Court, King's Park, the river, Stirling Gardens and the University. Everything else looks very modern, very tall.

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    1. Hels, I expect the present day Perth is quite different to how you remember it. It is quite a sophisticated city.

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  6. oh wow, all wonderful. I needed a change of scenery and now feel like I have been there too.
    I love that you can cross the country and bump into a neighbour. and I love those kangas.
    love to you both

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    1. Thanks Annie. You must have buck or two now. Take a trip!

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  7. If you put your stalking skills to proper use, you might be able to come see me sometime... wouldn't that just make your day!

    Don't complain about me being sassy, it's ever so preferable to moping. =D

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    1. Err, perhaps Cranky.I like your sassy self.

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  8. Good photos of part of the Perth area.
    I think those roos are great.
    Wonderful to meet fellow bloggers, not everyone gets that opportunity.

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    1. Margaret, I recall you met Diane and Bill. Hope that was good. When meeting blog people, it is never about me but about R and how I think it will be for him.

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  9. I wonder what that table is being when it isn't "occasionally" being a table?
    Very nice photos, but I don't like the new library building. Of course, once you're inside looking at books, the exterior doesn't matter.

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    1. River, gosh, as soon as I wrote the words 'occasional table', I knew there would be trouble and trust you to bring it up. I could hardly call it a coffee table, could I? Plenty inside were looking at books, and that was good to see.

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  10. Never been there will follow you with interest.
    I was surprised with the buildings lots of interesting shapes and forms there.
    I too like the larger than life kangaroos.
    The plane flight sounds a bit eventful.
    Merle..................

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    1. Merle, those kanga sculptures were terrific. I expect there are thousands of photo of them on the net.

      The plane trip only became interesting as we were delayed from leaving the plane.

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  11. I love Perth. Its a great place for a holiday and its surrounds are super too. Everything is so modern and clean. It must have been fun meeting Grace. I love her blog too.

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    1. Diane, in two words you have described Perth, modern and clean. Frankly, even just for me, it is hard work meeting blog people, but I've known Grace for a long time and I knew it would be fine. Perhaps harder for her husband P to meet these two strangers.

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  12. Goodness you didn't mention you had such an eventful trip over Andrew.. did you?

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    1. Grace, it kind of slipped my mind until I thought about the trip as I was writing.

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  13. Great to read and see your Perth adventure. Lovely to hear that you caught up with Grace. Must be wonderful to put a face to a blogger. I too love the roo sculptures.

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    1. CM, we have a had a couple of very successful meetings with people I have come to know through my blog.

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  14. Looks like you should be happy touring there, with all the beautiful art and architecture. The piano busker caught my eye, and the view up too, in the library.

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    1. Strayer, you wonder how the piano gets into the mall, but it was one of a few we had seen spread around the city, just waiting for fingers to tickle the ivories.

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