Inspiration in Our Own Backyard, Fremantle, Western Australia
On the weekend we took D's beautiful niece, Bella, to one of Western Australia's favourite tourist destinations, Fremantle. And we were reminded, while we love exploring the world, there is a lot of beauty right here at home, you just have to pay attention.
The port town of Fremantle is located half an hour south of the Perth CBD (Western Australia's capital). The town claims "the best preserved 19th century port streetscape in the world" and there is no denying the Georgian and Victorian-era architecture is a pleasure to wander through.
Food, coffee, crafts and all manner of shopping are particular highlights for the visitor, but of course ultimately we all end up at the waters edge.
Bathers Beach is the perfect spot to witness the setting sun out over the Fremantle Harbour's twin moles. Each mole has a small lighthouse, colourfully painted in navigational red and green.
As you can see from our photos, the clouds were in, but they were good enough to let just enough of the sun and its rays through to reach the sea, providing some dramatic scenes.
One of D's favourite memories as a kid were visits to Fremantle for the (now world famous) Cicerello's fish & chips! There is little subtlety in the food preparation here, this is full fat, full flavour, heavy on the batter and the salt, food heaven. Just don't make such a meal a regular habit :)
A meal like that generally spells the end of the night as we fight off slipping into a food coma, but as we made our exit A and Bells spotted the relatively recent addition to the Fremantle Esplanade, the Skyview (Ferris) Wheel.
Despite the obvious dangers of a circular motion at such a precarious time, the girls jumped aboard, with D playing it safe by retaining a motionless state on the grass below!