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Perth Christmas Cruising

Well we had a wonderful surprise sprung on us last night. Told only that we might want to bring our camera’s and some sturdy footwear, we were driven an hour or so down the road to Mandurah.

On arrival at the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre we were greeted by one of Santa’s elfs and boarded the “Christmas Lights Cruise”.

We then spent two hours slowly making our way through Mandurah’s waterways and canals admiring how the various waterfront property owners had tried to out do each other as the best lit house. As you can see in the images, competition was fierce!

Teaser, link to full photoroll below
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Mandurah Christmas Lights full photoroll

Walking Arts Day

endomondo walk 20150828Had some more fun out and about yesterday. Clocked up some serious km’s…

 

 

Ritual Coffee Roasters
Ritual Coffee Roasters

Started with a great coffee at Ritual Coffee Roasters.

Then on to de Young Museum (briefly) to get tickets to Legion of Honor and the museum. We then walked up to the Legion of Honor and back down to de Young Museum for a night visit before heading back to Union Square for dinner.

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Game Day

With all the exercise this week (see my Fitbit stats at https://www.fitbit.com/user/23G9R6) we needed a day off from that today.

To celebrate, we went to a ball game as the San Francisco Giants hosted the Chicago Cubs at AT&T Park with some tickets I bought off stubhub a while ago.

SF didn’t disappoint either, winning over the visitors by 9-1 with rookie Kelby Tomlinson entertaining the crowd with a grand slam for his first career home run. Just awesome to be in the sellout crowd for that!

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Game Day full photoroll

Faces of the Bridge

Managed to not sleep in this morning so I’ve had  time to sort through some more photos – this lot from our trip over the Golden Gate Bridge.

Superb feat of engineering brilliance. A bit crowded with likeminded tourists up to the first pillar but foot traffic dropped off dramatically after that making for some great uninterrupted photo ops.

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Golden Gate full photoroll

 

Perth Hills Sunday Drive

We ventured out in to the Perth Hills again this trip, despite the skies being full of smoke from an inland bushfire. Tracing similar footsteps we took when we went camel riding in Kalamunda National Park back in June.

This time though we jumped off the Roe Highway before Kalamunda and headed across to Pickering Brook for a really rather nice lunch at The CORE Cider House.

View the full CORE Cider House Photoroll.

The CORE Cider House

The CORE Cider House
The CORE Cider House shop entrance
The CORE Cider House shop entrance
The CORE Cider House Sampling
The CORE Cider House Sampling
The CORE Cider House nicest kangaroo I've ever eaten
The CORE Cider House nicest kangaroo I’ve ever eaten

Having crazed there and sampled the fine ciders, we ventured slightly further down the road to a vineyard we’d seen earlier that day.
Quaintly named “Due Jolly” (Italian for ‘two jokers’), we were met at the Cellar Door by one of the owners. He made us a rather nice coffee after we’d chatted for a while and had a chance to sample some of their exquisite wines. It’s not often we walk away from vineyards in Australia with a white wine in the car boot but their 2008 Chardonnay had a unique bouquet that ‘forced’ us to buy a bottle 🙂 We did of course take a red with us too. Who can resist an Aussie red…

View the full Due Jolly Photoroll.

Due Jolly Winery front entrance
Due Jolly Winery front entrance
Due Jolly Winery logo
Due Jolly Winery logo
Due Jolly Winery relaxing area
Due Jolly Winery relaxing area
Due Jolly Winery front entrance
Due Jolly Winery front entrance
Due Jolly Winery cellar door with Andrew Cullen, one of the owners
Due Jolly Winery cellar door with Andrew Cullen, one of the owners
Due Jolly Winery cellar door
Due Jolly Winery cellar door

We’re back to Swan Valley tomorrow apparently to cuddle koala’s and generally ‘swan around’ for the day. Don’t bother excusing the pun, I accept it was a pretty feeble attempt…

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