Ahh.. Ahh.. This is the life.. AARRRGGGHHH.. Why is my foot 2 times the size it should be?! The way we always enjoy waking up on a sunny morning on the other side of the World!
Sadly due to my foot issue, our full day of sightseeing in Perth was somewhat curtailed as we sat in a doctors surgery for most of the morning. Antibiotics issued to deal with the Cellulitis, off we went to sort out what else this city had to offer. (I will be OK Mum. You can get up off the floor with worry now!)
As the most remote city in the World, the sunniest and the most windy (no joke!), this place was one to see, and one which should be warm while we did it. After fact 3 however, this was not to be the case. The sunniest place on the planet could never outdo the freezing cold wind which blew through here this afternoon.
In order to tick off the sights, we jumped on the local Stagecoach open-top double decker bus tour and strapped ourselves in tight. This was for 2 reasons. One: the wind I mentioned earlier. Two: The driver was clearly wearing lead boots. Off at full speed. Stopping immediately. Comfort was not his forte! The tour was well worth it though as it took us to all of the main tourist attractions in the city and let us see all we could possibly want to in our whistlestop tour of this place.
The main highlights would have to be Kings Park, Bell Tower and the Kangaroos! Kings Park sits atop the biggest hill in the city. Windy Hill at Muirshiel is bigger! Despite the lack of height, this park offers amazing views over the city and Swan River. The park also contains the city war memorial and botanical gardens amongst other things, so this is in many ways the hub of city life.
Bell Tower is located in the centre of the city and as a new 'musical instrument' is mighty impressive. It houses the only Royal Bells outside of the UK (whatever a Royal Bell is?!) and chimes like a clock. It can be heard from miles away thanks to the height of the tower.
The kangaroos were quality. A statue of 5 kangaroos just playing around in the centre of the city was a clever sculpture wihich almost made you double take to see if they were real or not! After a few daft shots here, we headed back to the hotel for dinner and yet more packing! The whole living out of a suitcase thing isn't getting any easier!
Hopefully there will be more to tell you about tomorrow when we leave Perth for Ayers Rock. The doctor I saw today made me wonder though when he asked "What do you expect to see at Ayers Rock?". "A rock" I replied. (not one for chat!) "Good. There's nothing else there!". Great. 2 days with Louise and a rock!
Blog you soon,
L & A