Friday, September 5, 2008

Fremantle, Cottesloe, Perth

My day 2 in Perth started with a visit to the market in Malaga, another suburb in Perth. It was quite interesting to find that most of the stalls are manned by Vietnamese. We went to a grocery stall nearby and this is also run by Vietnamese and here you can find most of the Asian stuff on sale including durians!

Since I had called up my old classmate James who had migrated to Perth more than 30 years ago to meet him today, I went home to wait for him. He came with with his wife and picked us up for lunch. Since today is Sunday, he suggested to take us to Fremantle to visit the famous Fremantle Markets as they only open on weekends. On the way. he showed us his alma mater, the University of Western Australia which had an English campus look and feel.

For lunch, we went to Cicerello at the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour for their famous fish & chips. As it was a Sunday and the weather being warm (in the 20's centigrade) and sunny, there was a big crowd out to enjoy the summer-like winter sunshine. The fish & chips here are wrapped in paper in the traditional style with salt and vinegar and is a must for any visitor to Fremantle.

After tucking in the generous portion, we had a walk around the Markets. It was also crowded with Sunday visitors. I enjoyed tasting the many variety of naturally flavoured honey, for free.

From Fremantle, we went to the beach at Cottesloe, another favourite Sunday spot with fine, white sand. The beach was crowded and there were many swimmers even though it is winter here! The Aussies really love outdoor activities and there are plenty of opportunities in Western Australia as there are endless beaches along the coastline and many national parks all over the state.

James sent us home where we had a simple home cooked dinner. After dinner and more Olympics on the TV, it was time for bed after our first real tour of Perth (with Fremantle) and an interesting look at life in Western Australia.

Ronald Kwok

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