So, yeah, I’ve been embarrassingly lax about posting lately. Of course, I have many excuses involving travel without a computer (it’s hard to write a blog on a phone), jet lag, work, illness, and romance. But I’m back now and better late than never, right?
The first of my adventures on the other side of the world was in Western Australia, home to my travel soulmate who you’ll know from many posts past (see here, here, here, and here).
After 33 hours, I landed in the beautiful city of Perth, WA, was scooped up by Sava and whisked to Fremantle for brunch and bloody marys at Bib and Tucker. I was a bit dazed and have zero pictures, but it’s right on the beach, totally lovely, and has yummy breakie.
We walked around Fremantle and despite my haze, I did take a photo of a cool old hotel.
In an effort to kick jet lag’s ass, we stayed out most of the day and walked through King’s Park in Perth next. It was such a gorgeous day to take in the views.
This trip was prompted by the fact that Kathryn Budig would be making her maiden voyage to Perth to teach a weekend of yoga workshops. Many of my trips have been instigated by Kathryn and her travel schedule, and I’ve acquired a few lovely friends who live in WA, so I jumped at the opportunity to go.
Once Kathryn’s work was done, we headed south to Smith’s Beach Resort for some R & R, with a side of wine tasting. The views from our rented condo were quite stunning.
Now, my friends in Napa and Sonoma may revoke my card for saying this, but the Margaret River wine region may be one of the most beautiful wine countries I’ve ever seen (of California, Burgundy, Bordeaux, Tuscany, and Chile). Perhaps it’s just that the landscape and flora are so different, or maybe the hundreds of kangaroos swayed me. I don’t know.
We visited Wills Domain, Clairault, and Vasse Felix and I truly cannot say which was the most beautiful.
Fabulous wine and delicious lunch (Aussie sandwich not on the menu) at Clairault.
Though my wine heart will always belong to California, Australia has certainly found its way in as well. I guess I’ll have to plan another trip to visit my Perth friends… in the summer, they tell me.
I’ll leave you with this bit of humor…
Time spent in wine country often has it’s price, but when your girl needs her B12 shot, you rise above your
hangover illness, put your metaphorical nurse hat on, and help.
Stay tuned for Cambodia and Vietnam!
4 thoughts on “The Beauty of Western Australia”
You are really gifted writer! I so enjoyed reading your post and hope that you keep this up.
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Hey Tripper! It is a beautiful sight here in the California wine country of Pinot Noir! We are picking our first vineyard tomorrow! Happy to see that you are having a grand time….your travel adventures will serve as our savior while we make wine this season. Love to you from Denise & Kirk
It is definitely gorgeous in your neck of the woods! I am longing for your wine NOW!!! I need to pay off some of these adventures and the order some scrumptious WesMar. Miss you guys! xx
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