The weekend of May 12th, 2018 we took a side trip from Dijon to the French-speaking city of Lausanne, Switzerland. The two-hour train ride took us by villages, farms, meadows, and bright yellow canola fields in bloom. Since the scenery was so beautiful, if the trip had included only this train ride, I believe I … Continue reading Lausanne, Switzerland
At the end of March and the beginning of April, we took two side trips south of Perth: one was to Penguin Island and the other was to the Margaret River region. These trips allowed us to view the landscapes, flora, and fauna that make southwest Australia so unique. This region is a recognized biodiversity … Continue reading Penguin Island and Margaret River
(This is a collaborative post by Rich and Ang.) A visit to Rottnest Island had been on our to-do list since we arrived in Australia. A few weeks ago we finally made the trip. It was fantastic. The island, which sits approximately 11 miles off the coast, was named by Dutch explorers who upon arriving … Continue reading Rottnest Island: A Photo Essay
Very few words for this post . . . they are sculptures after all. They were meant to be seen. These are photos from our visit to "Sculpture by the Sea," an annual event in Cottesloe, Western Australia. This year, seventy sculptors set up their work on the beach. All of the pieces were very … Continue reading Sculptures by the Sea: A Collection of Photos
While staying in Perth, we have no car. This means walking to our destinations and being more observant on the way. I think most travelers would say that one benefit of a trip is having the opportunity to see the world from a different perspective. I reaped this benefit twenty years ago when Rich and … Continue reading Stepping in Order to See
The bad news: We have not struck it rich panning for gold in the outback. The good news: We did find plenty of gold at the Perth Mint. At the mint, we learned about the history of gold in Australia and how its discovery led to a population explosion and rise of the Australian economy. … Continue reading Gold!
January 26th was Australia Day. This year, it happened to fall on a Friday, which--here in Perth--meant a three-day weekend full of festivities, frivolity, protests, and cultural events. We had the opportunity to witness all four. Perth (January 26, 2018) Our Australia Day experience started in the Perth Central Business District (CBD) where, perpendicular to … Continue reading Australia Day Weekend