Well, dreams of Portugal are off the menu. R's sister's husband is not terribly well and does not want to travel. We are looking at a Mediterranean Sea cruise later in the year. I can't believe how cheap they are, even on a Cunard ship.
My holidays are flexible and I can match them to what we want to do, but the uncertainty was preventing us from doing anything. I sorted my holidays out yesterday and while we have discussed so many different places to go, we have decided on a big holiday later in the year and a brief local holiday in April. The more we looked at Perth, the capital of the Australian state West Australia, the more we liked the look of it. We had already considered catching the Indian (ocean) Pacific (ocean) train but everything we read put us off. After Canada, I thought two days on a train is long enough. This is not a firm view and could well be revised if we travelled on the Orient Express.
So, in Perth we have booked an apartment in Mount Street for eight nights (oh, Mount sounds like a steep hill. We are from Melbourne and we don't do hills) and with airfare, about $1000 each.
That gives us six full days. It is a long day, but we will take a coach tour to Margaret River. We will river/sea cruise to Rottnest Island for a day trip. We will travel by train to the port city of Fremantle at least once, maybe twice. It is only thirty minutes away from Perth. The rest of the time will spent seeing things around Perth. Cottesloe Beach with its Indiana are must sees and Hillarys Boat Harbour is high on the agenda. We will be very close to King's Park and the new Elizabeth Quay is not too far away. We are really quite excited about our mini holiday. R has been to Perth before, but I have not. I guess Grace with her Perth Daily Photo was the clincher for me. I have seen so many beautiful and interesting things via her photo blog.
While I knew about the relatively new train to Mandurah, I did not know that it was underground in Perth city. I like to visit a public transport museum when we holiday, and I believe the one at Whiteman Park is quite good, but when? Our days are already filled. It is never a bad thing to leave yourself wanting when you holiday. You can dream of returning, even if you never do.