Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Albany, Australia (continued)

Northeast of Albany is a nice beach and recreational area called Collingwood Park.
There is a quiet beach, newer homes, and a lot of Araucaria heterophylla .

This native of Norfolk Island, located between Australia and New Zealand, is a favorite tree of mine.

Street in the center of Albany.

 Unlikely spot for a tall ship.

 A young man assisting me at the Sydney Airport, as I was leaving Australia, asked me what was my favorite place in Australia. I quickly answered, "Albany". He replied, "You were supposed to say Sydney!"

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Albany, Australia

After we left Perth, continuing on our 30 day journey on the Dawn Princess around Australia, we headed south.The further south we traveled, the colder and windier it became. Upon docking in Albany, the first thing you notice are large piles of wood chips. There is a tremendous export business of wood chips to Japan.

Dawn Princess at port of Albany.

 World War I Memorial

View from hill near memorial

Underground weapons bunker

Preparing cannon for firing

Daily firing

Monday, October 22, 2012

My Computer Was Broken in Transit

I apologize for not posting lately.
My computer was damaged beyond repair in a recent transit to the ship.
I am unable to post photos using the ship's computers.
I may post some written commentary as I travel, with photos to come later.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Old Travel Memories (1970)

(from web image file)

In 1970, we piled into our white 1963 VW Beetle and drove from San Diego, California,  to visit the Oregon coastline.
I was shocked when I stopped to buy gasoline near Tillamook and looked at their prices.
"Gas in San Diego is only 25 cents a gallon," I proudly boasted, when I saw his 27 cents a gallon price tag.
"Well, go back to San Diego, then!" he shouted. (I thought that was kind of rude.)
Things change, don't they?

Next, back to Western Australia and one of my favorite towns.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Freemantle / Perth

More sights and scenes around Fremantle.
Thank you for your patience while I have lingered in Western Australia. It has long been a desire of mine to visit this area, and I must say I hated to leave. 

(After much procrastination, I have finally taken my computer to Staples for a computer tune-up. Hopefully, this new found speed will encourage me to post more often.)

I have forgotten the name of this tower. If you know, please tell me in the comments.
Thank you, Perth Daily Photo, for telling me the name is :  THE BELL TOWER.
Click on photos for larger look.

Monument Hill Memorial Reserve

Round House and Whaler's Tunnel

Round House closeup. This 12 sided building was built in 1831 to house law breakers.

Fremantle shopping area

Dawn Princess waiting at the pier.

Last view of Fremantle, Western Australia

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Fremantle/Perth -- A Mixture of Old and New

In so many cities, the old is often torn down to make way for the new.
It was so refreshing to see a blending of the new with the old.

Hi, girls! 

Thursday, July 12, 2012

King's Park and Botanical Gardens, Perth

provides a wonderful view of the city of Perth.
I was not able to walk far because of the terrain.
(For more images, click on the link above.)

The statue is that of JOHN FORREST, early explorer of Western Australia.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Fremantle, Australia

The first view of the Dingo Flour enterprise established my views of Fremantle/Perth, so it was quite an eyeopener as we drove through more of Fremantle and observed the classy architecture of the area.
This visit to western Australia has changed my views of Perth and environs.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

South to Fremantle

After we left Indonesia, we cruised south along the western shore of Australia. Many of us had wished we could have seen the more remote areas of northwestern Australia, but from a sightseeing standpoint, the larger cities had much more to offer. As we progressed southward, the weather cooled off dramatically. and the winds became much stronger. 

Fremantle, the port city of Perth,  has a very interesting history. Be sure to click on "Fremantle" to read more. Let's start with the first impressions of Fremantle. The train to Perth is the first thing you see after departing from the ship. This is one of the most popular ways of traveling between the two cities.

Rail Station, Fremantle

When one sees this sign advertising "Dingo Flour" it really feels like Australia. By the way, there will be more photos of the Dingo later on.  Much to the dismay of local Australians, I really liked the Dingo.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Dawn Princess , Anchored off Benoa

When it is not possible to moor at the pier, the ship drops anchor nearby and passengers go to shore using shuttle boats.
(Click on photos for a larger image.)