Where We Went:
The Botanical Gardens
Home of our Cousins
What We Did:
Blessed with a couple of blue and hot summer days, we visited Kings Park, one of the biggest urban parks in the world. Although much of it is native bushland, we stuck to the impossibly smooth grass lawns with wonderful views of the city, enjoying the huge Lemon Scented Gum eucalytpus trees, and exploring the beautiful botanical gardens (which has a huge boab tree). The kids played around at the Naturescape section, and walked on the elevated glass and steel walkway. We also went to our new cousins for a barbie and a swim in their wonderful pool. Raquel kicked back on the lilo, and Gali played on the steps, even gracing us with a snooze.
What We Ate:
Breakfast of porridge and eggs and a barbie/braai for lunch of boerewors and lamb chops. When Raquel eats, she eats! Gali loves his corn. Even if he drops it on the floor a couple times.
Where We Ate:
Breakfast at the Attica Hotel, lunch at the Gordons, and dinner at the hotel too.
My Favourite Pictures Today
Where We Slept:
The Attica Hotel. We’ve really enjoyed our stay at this new hotel and suites, located right by the busy and buzzy Northbridge entertainment district. Besides the location, space and extra large showers (which Gali and Raquel still treat as a waterpark), the international staff (Greece! Brazil!) have been exceptional. If you’re looking for a family-friendly place to stay in Perth, look no further!
There’s so many cool facets to Kings Park. Jacob’s Ladder has 242 steps which locals use to go up and down as an outdoor workout. Dad managed to do it four times and wisely called it a morning before hurting himself. The DNA Tower is a 15m high double helix tower with paving stones at the bottom sent from 11 towns and 80 shires in Western Australia. There’s a moving War Memorial which attracts hundreds of thousands of people on ANZAC Day, and a memorial for Jewish soldiers killed in both wars too (with the foundation stone laid by legendary Australian General John Monash, who was Jewish). There’s also a spectacular lawned amphitheatre for concerts. We also learned that the Western Australian rock lobster industry generates $600m a year for the economy, although without the claws, we don’t think they’re quite as tasty as Canadian maritime lobsters.
Reflection of the Day
The Best Part:
A huge part of Australian culture is kicking back on a summer arvo (afternoon), having a barbie (BBQ) and relaxing with a lilo (air mattress) by the pool with friends and family. With our hectic schedule, we relished the opportunity to do exactly that!
The Worst Part:
A.k.a The Funniest Part: Gali tipped over on the steps in the pool and before cousin Ron could pick him up, Mom dashed over, dived into the pool with her clothes on, and executed a dramatic rescue. It was very impressive, considering the biggest danger was Mom cracking her head open by diving into the shallow end!
We'll Always Remember
- Name: Ron
- Favourite Place: The Serengeti
- I Love Travel Because: of the excitement of it. It's a real buzz, and I love photography.
- My Advice for Kids: Get out of your comfort zone, and don't be afraid to travel on your own.
- Name: Renicia
- Favourite Place: Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
- I Love Travel Because: I meet people I wouldn't normally meet, see different cultures, and get out of my comfort zone.
- My Advice for Kids: Do things you enjoy, that make you feel good, and that you get something out of.
- Name: Irwin
- Favourite Place: Dunsborough, WA
- I Love Travel Because: it's enlightening to see the beauty of the world.
- My Advice for Kids: Don't think you know it all. The word is "maturity" and "experience."
- Name: Jigdrel
- Favourite Place: Thailand
- I Love Travel Because: I get to experience new places and see new cultures
- My Advice for Kids: Follow your heart
- Name: Kash
- Favourite Place: India, for the culture, colour and vibrancy, and in Australia - Bateman Bay, NSW
- I Love Travel Because: I get to meet new people and enjoy life
- My Advice for Kids: Don't cry, because if you do, you'll regret not experiencing the moment.
- Name: Boyan
- Favourite Place: Amsterdam, at the moment
- I Love Travel Because: of the history, people and stories
- My Advice for Kids: Enjoy your childhood, you're going to miss it
Today's Random Thing
A Note from Mom and Dad
When we arrived in Perth, we thought: it’s so far away, why would people live here? A couple days later, the lifestyle, weather, pace and people have given plenty of reasons. While Melbourne and Sydney get all the press, Perth feels amazingly livable, especially with the calm traffic and super friendly people (everyone has been so generous!) When we left Canada, Gali was petrified of water. Now he wants to spend a half hour in the shower and had no problem playing in the pool (other than his little incident toppling over, but Mom was ready to pounce!) Raquel’s confidence continues to grow impressively. There’s so many great reasons to travel, but the chance to reconnect with family – especially the ones you’re meeting for the first time – has to be one of the better ones.