Sunday, December 18, 2011

Honeymoon Day 3: 18th December (Sunday) – Perth

Today, we’re off to Kings Park and Botanic Gardens. Luckily, Ann’s friend Jane (who we met yesterday) and who lives over here, had told us about the free bus service that would get us close to it.

We had brekky on the Club Floor again- perfect – and then walked the short distance up the road to the bus-stop. On the way, we stopped off at Avis Hire to double-check that everything was ready for us to pick-up our vehicle for tomorrow – it was, and it looks like we have a four-wheel drive automatic, which will be just right for us four and our luggage! 
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We didn’t have to wait long for the bus – the ‘Red Cat’  - and after thirty minutes or so, we were within walking distance of the Botanic Gardens. It didn’t take us long to realise that the whole place – the Park and the Gardens - was simply massive, and we’d be there all day. But before all that, there was just time for a sit-down and some alcohol before the hard work began.

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As we were quite high up, the view of of Perth were fantastic – and with an overhead walkway, they were even better. Plenty of flora to marvel at, as well as the sheer size of the parkland area made it an unforgettable visit, and It was clearly a popular choice for the locals too as the place got very busy pretty quickly.

We stopped for lunch at the same restaurant where we had our initial pit-stop. There was another restaurant, but it looked a bit too posh for us in our shorts and sandals! Pizza and Salad (plus cider and red wine) replaced the calories burned during our expedition and suitably refreshed, we decided to head for the nearest bus-stop. As things turned-out, we found one that was closer and quicker than our journey in back back to the hotel.

Ralph and Karen explored the indoor pool, Ann and I snoozed for an hour or so. Ann then checked out the Gym, whilst I caught up with my reading and a few ‘thank-you’ emails.

As it’s our final night here, we fancied somewhere a little different to eat tonight and the Concierge recommended the local Balti restaurant imaginatively called The Balti. Our experience has shown that eating curry anywhere other than the UK (and India!) normally meets with disappointment, so it was a somewhat risky culinary experience tonight! As things turned out, the food was good although the menu lacked the variety of a UK Indian! After the meal, we headed back to the Hotel and crashed out in the Bar accompanied by hot chocolate helped along with a dash of rum!

We’re up sharpish tomorrow as we are checking out at 10am and then picking a car up for our trip to Yallingup and the Margaret River – a three hour drive from Perth.