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.