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Perth, Western Australia. Trip 2013 Highlights, Part 1

I was going to write individual posts about the various highlights of my trip to Perth back in April but, as time goes on, it's becoming evident that I'm not going to get around to it. So here it is. The bumper post of trip highlights in pictures.

This first part is most of the sights we saw with various family members. Part two will focus on Enigma and I's day trip to Fremantle.

South Perth Foreshore

South Perth Foreshore.
Enigma and I spent our first morning wandering along the South Perth foreshore. The foreshore is well kept parkland with cycle and walk paths, playgrounds and more with great views of the central Perth skyline.

We were lucky enough to be walking on a fairly cloudy day but I'd recommend a hat and sunscreen because there are long stretches of path with no shade.

Kelly's Cafe and Restaurant

Kelly's Cafe.
Kelly's Cafe and Restaurant is actually in the middle of a garden centre known as All Palms Garden Centre located in Canning Vale.

The dining space is large but inviting and doubles as a gift shop where you can browse either whilst you wait for your order or after you've eaten.

Enigma and I had a very nice lunch here with my Mother, Sister, Brother and his Partner.

London Court

London Court. Photo: Enigma
London Court is actually just a themed shopping mall but it makes for a great many photo opportunities due to the amount of detail in the architecture. It's also not an uncommon site to see people standing at the entrances to the mall waiting for the clocks to strike so they can see the animated knights jousting (I think - it's been so long since I really stopped to look and see what characters spin around when the clocks strike).

Ken Done Retrospective Exhibition

Ken Done Retrospective. Photo: Enigma
This exhibition was on at the Linton & Kay Galleries on St. Georges Terrace in the city. Ken's art is always divisive among any group of people (who aren't Ken Done groupies) and my family was no exception.

"Checkn out the Ken Done exhibition. 
This one has been done well 
looks spot on like a tv." - Carl A.
Best comment on the exhibition was from my brother who posted the photo he took on the right to his Facebook page whilst at the exhibition. His comment is below the photo.

For my part I'm more of a fan of the work that really put Ken on the map. The really colourful paintings of Australian scenes such as the beach and Sydney Harbor. Beyond that I admire him for his career and how it progressed more than the art.

I must say I was really impressed by the staff at Linton & Kay Galleries. The most pro-active gallery staff I've ever encountered.

Usually you go into a gallery and the curator just sits at their desk and barely even says hello. At Linton & Kay the girls there actively approached everyone visiting the gallery, spent some time with them and also took the time to explain whatever art you happened to standing in front of.

If I sold through galleries they're the kind of staff I'd like to have representing my work.

Tomato Lake Cafe

Tomato Lake Cafe.
My Dad took myself and Enigma here for breakfast. Tomato Lake Cafe is located in Belmont by the lake of the same name.

We didn't really walk around much of the park even though I'm sure it would have been a pleasant walk around the lake. Our sole purpose was breakfast at the cafe.

I don't think I've ever seen service quite so good, not just on our table. If you watch the staff whilst you eat you can easily see they're all going the extra yard to make sure everyone has a great dining experience.

The food is best described as taste is more important than presentation. Which is not to suggest their presentation is poor by any means... you just won't find any pretentious food sculptures and arty plates of 'whatever that is' that would look more at home framed on your wall than as a meal on a table.

Yanchep National Park

Koala Sanctuary.
Yanchep National Park boasts a Koala sanctuary in which we only saw two koalas, both sleeping and neither in a very good spot for a photo opportunity. That's why my only picture is of the sanctuary's sign.

Fortunately the koalas are not the only reason to visit the park. We stopped in for a drink at Yanchep Lakeview tearooms (which also doubles as a Chocolate Shop.

We also had a nice meal at the Yanchep Inn and saw a whole family of kangaroos on the lawn out the front. Who were unfortunately startled and ran when some dick started up his motorbike that was nearly as loud as a jet engine (look closely you can see him and his girlfriend in the photo).

Kangaroos out front of the Yanchep Inn.

Dad's 70th Birthday

Dad's Cake. Photo: Enigma.
Finally the whole reason we went to Perth in April was to attend my Dad's 70th birthday. It was mostly an extended family affair along with a few my Dad's long time friends. It was a great afternoon with excellent food and a good time had by all.

The highlight though was definitely my Dad's cake which was a replica tool box and 100% edible. The level of detail was amazing.

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  1. Good photos.I'm going to make a folder on my comp to put them into on My Pictures slideshow. They look well in the enlargements,especially the foreshore one and the art gallery.

    I thought you took a photo of the detailed one inside looking at the beach? Didn't it come out well enough to put on? That was the main one I liked the best.

    With the photo that Carl took with the comment about the TV, also remember that Kathy pointed out the fireplace below as being a nice exhibit, when she caught me studying it seemingly at length! LOL!

    You didn't mention what your Dad's cake was like to us. Who's idea was it? I expect it was with him doing a lot of carpentry with his job? Wouldn't have liked to have to start to cut it - where would you begin?!!I see there's one candle on top.

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    1. I do have a photo of Ken Done's painting of his studio but I didn't have anything particular to say about it other than it's my favorite too. Since this post was already going to be long I was posting just one or two pics that I felt best represented each item.

      I didn't mention Dad's cake because you never asked if he had a cake? ;-) You know me, I'm hopeless at recounting details in actual conversation if you don't prompt me on what you want to know.

      All I know about the cake is that Alison organized to have it made. I don't actually know who's idea it was to do a tool box. Though I can guess. When they cut it they just removed all the tools first - even though they're all edible. The only part that wasn't was the tool box handle.

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