Thursday, December 19, 2013

Perth, a jewel on Australia's west coast

It seems like it has been ages since I've posted!  We safely arrived back in the States last week and I am one happy 'chickadee' to be home again with all the comforts, like a washer and dryer!  The backyard birdies are glad I have returned.  Feeders have been filled and the Junkos, Cardinals, Finches and woodpeckers are having a party!

It was a wonderful 'Round the World' trip and I'll continue to share our destinations, but I hope to get back to more routine postings and catch up with all of you.  When I left you last, we had wrapped up our time in Sydney on the east coast and headed west landing in Perth where we would spend a month.  I fell in love with Perth.  Come along and I'll show you why.

The Swan River hosts a fair number of yacht clubs as it winds its way through Perth.  
Bike paths can be enjoyed all along the river, which I took of great advantage.  

The unique Swan Bell Tower sits on Riverside Drive along the Swan River.  The Tower provides a gorgeous view of downtown and the 18-bells are the largest set of change ringing bells in the world. There were only a few people there the day we visited (and Grandparents day, so we got in free). The guard treated us by having the bells play our National Anthem.  Very cool!

I made several visits to King's Park which is one of the largest inner city parks in the world with its botanical gardens, natural bushland, War Memorial and the DNA Tower with its 101 steps and great views.

I had a wonderful time frequently watching these beautiful black swans along the river.
They were quite entertaining.

This guy was doing his Black Swan stretches one afternoon.
Natalie Portman has nothing on this guy!

This is just a glimpse of Perth.  We had a wonderful month there
and with about 1,600 photos, I've got a few more
posts to share about this city.

But the Holidays are upon us and I'm 
thinking I need a break from travel stories.

Ho ho ho .....
and all that Holiday glow