In case you haven’t noticed (hee hee) I’m a LIL bit EXCITED (omgosh *cough*SO SO SO EXCITED*cough*) about my trip to Western Australia next week. YAY!!!! So I decided to do a little research about where I’m going. AND because it’s SO EXCITING I’m going to share it with you. :) TODAY we’ll talk about my first stop – Perth. (btw all pics are under creative commons licenses) *BIG SMILES*!!
First off – here’s a map of Australia so you know where I’m going. Basically I’m flying from one side of the continent to the other (wahoo!) I added little hearts to make it easier to see. :)
I have to be honest – I really struggled to find pics of Perth to show!! BUT THAT’S OK!!! Because it just means I’ll have a challenge ahead of me – to take cool Perth photos. YAY! But here is the classic Perth shot just to give you an idea of the city I’m about to visit.
With a population of about 1.6 million, it’s bigger than the actual CITY of Salt Lake where I’m from – but smaller than the 2.6 million living in the Wasatch Front (which is what most people think of when they refer to Salt Lake City.)
Aerial view of Perth:
Perth is set on Swan River – named after the famous black swans which are native to Australia. And here are two pictures that I took of black swans myself (wahoo!) omgosh – they are the coolest thing. BREATHTAKING!!!
Did you know there are SEVENTY train stations in Perth?? That’s a lot!!!
Anyway – while we are there, we will be focusing on the historical districts (did you know Perth was founded in 1829 by Captain Stirling?) So that will be pretty freaking cool. Oh and lil fact for mom and dad – there’s like a whole 5,000 momos living there. :)
And this little “gem” (does anyone else think the back lit clock is a little weird??) is Perth’s Town Hall – it was originally built in 1867 but I’m guessing the back lit clock part was added later (roll my eyes.) Most of the parks were created/established around that same time. You can take virtual tours of the parks HERE but I’m not going to fool you – it’s a little disappointing. I hope the parks are cooler in person because the virtual tours leave much to the wanting. (cough – LAME – they need me to redesign their virtual tours!!)
Ok really that’s about all there is to be said about Perth I think … but tomorrow I’ll post about Geraldton – our second stop on our adventure!!!
Song of the day – Hysteric by Yeah Yeah Yeahs. (mom you should like this one)
Well it’s official – I launched my new website www.passionsdelavie.com for school. I have no idea what I’m going to do with it now – but ya know – at least it’s done.
As a part of the project I also set up two subdomains:
My photography portfolio
will now be found here: portfolio.passionsdelavie.com (AND I’m excited about this one because I believe I’ll have a co-poster – YAY! My brother mentioned he may be willing to share some of his fabulous photo skillz!! wahoo!)
my recipes for good food
will now be found here: bake.passionsdelavie.com (I thought I’d make the site a gluten-free thing – but I actually just want to share yummy recipes as the holidays approach. So If you have any you are willing to share – please let me know!!! daisy[at]australiandaisy[dot]com.)
And last but not least …
I changed the layout of this blog – why? well because I wanted it match the new clean look of the other subdomains. Let’s be real though .. I’ll PROLLY change it to something more fun soon – but at least temporarily I’m kind of digging the simplicity of this one.
OH I ALMOST FORGOT!!! Check out this killer pic I took yesterday
And nooooooo thank you very much the white in this photo is NOT photoshopped. I just accidentally left the exposure settings from the day prior on my camera. YAY! A happy surprise!!!
Have you heard of Bondi Beach? I hope you said YES because it’s where I live. And if you’ve been reading this blog – you should know that. But Bondi Schmondi right? Who cares? I DO!Wikipedia has this to say about it:
“Bondi Beach is a popular beach.”
[roll my eyes] No really? Wikipedia failed this time. So I’ll just spout off some stuff I know. It’s the most popular beach in Sydney (and probably all of Australia) – it gets super crowded in the Summer – we had a shark attack this past month – the water is UNBELIEVABLY CLEAR and blue and pretty oh and it’s also where they hosted some of the Summer Olympic Games. AND OMGOSH!!! I almost forgot – Bondi is home to the television series Bondi Vet AND Bondi Rescue. I can’t stand to watch either show but hey – at least we have them!
I think I should also tell you I have a baby crush on the dude from Bondi Vet. He lives down the road from us and only seems to go to the beach on the days I’m not there. My FM makes sure to rub it in every time. “Guess who we were laying out next to at the beach?” RUDE!
Well anyway – I loaded tons of pics of Bondi into the following video. Enjoy!