There is a reason Tropical Paradise movies of the 1940s and 50s were set in Bali. It is a wonderfully exotic, beautiful, and mysterious place. Temples, rice paddies, coffee plantations abound. Wood carvings, batik clothing, delicious but unfamiliar fruit, water sports and friendly people are a staple. It has been our good fortune to visit many times. So, I am using a collage of photos from several trips to illustrate haw lovely this particular Indonesian island is!
Next, we are looking forward to a trip down memory lane while we revisit the Philippines.
Fremantle is the port city for Perth which is the capital of Western Australia. Both cities sit on the Swan River; Perth at the head and Fremantle at the mouth to the Southern Ocean. Not only a vibrant port city, Fremantle is also a college town and famous for its fascinating maritime and convict history as well as its heritage buildings. Established May 2, 1829 by Captain Charles Fremantle and settled by the first contingent of immigrants in June of 1829, it was declared a city in 1929. The capital city, Perth, began in August 1829. The first convicts arrived in Fremantle on June 1, 1850. But it was the Western Australia gold rush of the late 1800s that transformed both Fremantle and Perth into bustling centers of trade. The wealth generated during this period resulted in the beautiful Victorian buildings that are so admired today. During WWII, Fremantle was the home of the largest base for Allied submarines in the Southern Hemisphere. Up to 125 US subs operated out of Fremantle until the Americans moved forward to the Philippines.
We have concluded our adventure Down under. Now, we are on our way to Bali, Indonesia.
“Welcome to Minang Country. May the spirit of our ancient people of long ago guide your journey. Follow in their footsteps.”
And thus, we were welcomed to Albany, Western Australia. Before the Europeans settled here, the “Great Southern” was the traditional home of the Minang Noongar people. Their presence in this area dates back about 25,000 years. The first recorded European visit to this area was by Peter Nuyts in 1627. In 1791, George Vancouver claimed it as a British possession. On November 9, 1826, the Brig Amity sailed from Sydney with its crew, convicts and stock to form a settlement here. Albany is the oldest settlement in all Western Australia. Unlike the rest of Western Australia, Albany is cool and wet, with a Mediterranean climate. The average summer temperature is only 72 degrees. That was NOT the high during our visit! We exited the ship to fierce wind and bone-chilling cold! Fortunately, the day got grew warmer as we toured.
Albany is famous as the port of departure for the 41,000 Australian and New Zealand Army Corps troops who sailed in 1914 to Egypt and then landed in Gallipoli on April 25, 1915. Eight years later, on April 25, 1923 it was Albany that initiated the nation’s first Anzac Day dawn memorial service to commemorate their heroism. So, it is fitting that Albany would be the home of the new National Anzac Centre. The Center is unique in that it offers visitors a deeply personal connection with the Anzac experience. The story is told through the words of the soldiers themselves. Visitors assume the identity of one of 32 characters and follow their personal experience through training, embarkation, ship-board life on the convoys, the conflicts at Gallipoli or the Middle East or the Western Front, and even the homecoming for those who survived. We did not have the opportunity to visit the center on this trip, but will definitely do so whenever we might return!
Adelaide, the capital of South Australia, is known for its arts festival, alfresco lifestyle, and manageable size and pace of living. The city layout was planned by Surveyor-General, Colonel William Light in 1836 and is, today, studded with elegant colonial buildings and preserved facades.
Good friends advised us to take the train into Adelaide and enjoy the stroll along Rundle Street Mall. We did so and had a lovely day. Here are the photos to prove it!
Soon, our next port of call will be Albany, Australia.
On March 23, 1802, the British explorer Matthew Flinders, commanding the HMS Investigator, named this land Kangaroo Island because of the vast number of these animals roaming the island. Their marsupial descendants are still here along with sheep, cattle, and bees. The backbone of KI’s economy is mostly agricultural: grapes, honey, wool, meat and grain. Undoubtedly, tourism is also a great contributor. We took a ship’s tour to Cape Willoughby Lighthouse and Dudley Winery. It was an appropriate choice—we saw lots of ‘roos and tasted some pretty good wine!
Next, we continue to Adelaide, also located in this large state of South Australia, which we’ve heard encompasses 1/3 the area of Australia.