A home from home
Fremantle Travel Blog› entry 9 of 33 › view all entries
Fran, who Cecilia used to work with on Motor Yacht Pradera Blue in the Mediterranean, picked us up early in the morning at Perth airport and took us to their house located outside Perth, in Fremantle. Cecilia went with Fran for a baby scan, which was very exciting. The baby even winked at us. As we hadn't slept much on the plane we had a little rest over midday. When Rob, Fran's husband who also used to work on the boat, came back from his day doing renovations to their other house, we all went down to the beach for Rob to give James a lesson in kite surfing, which he thouroughly enjoyed. In the evening we had our first Aussie barbie - prawns of course.
After six weeks of very hot and humid weather in South East Asia, fortunately for us Perth was experiencing some unusually cool weather, which was bliss. Over the following six days really enjoyed spending some time in a real home rather than hostel and hotel accommodation. It was so nice to see Rob and Fran and also meeting Rob's mum, Rona, who was also staying with them plus the rest of their family and friends. Not eating out every single meal was also a relief. Fran had put together a good itinerary for visits around the area, which included visiting a Benedictine monastary, lunch at a beautiful winery, sunset drinks in Fremantle and a stroll along Rockingham sand dunes, where we were attacked by hundreds of flies. Apparently this had something to do with the lack of dung beetles?! We also enjoyed a day in Perth just strolling around the shops and down to the river side.
Rob and Fran kindly got us some surf lessons for Christmas, which we had the day before we left at Perths famous Scarborough Beach. The water in Perth was much cooler than in Bali, but we picked up lots of good tips, so hopefully we'll be able to just hire boards and go out ourselves when we get to the East Coast.
It was sad to leave our friends, but we had to get on with our travels. Next stop The Rock!