Feb 12 – Perth, Day 1

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Also, Elizabeth’s Bike Achievement at Swan River Estuary
“You Raise Me Up”-song by a Young French Singer

Who would have thought… a 27-year old French woman who looks like 16, an exchange student in Western Australia, singing an Irish song that became a popular church hymn?

Who would have thought… that one could see a Henry VIII Hampton Court lookalike palace in the world’s most remote city?

Who would have thought that yours truly could assist a fully dressed old man doing a hand stand in the middle of the busy Hay Street shopping area?

Well, that was just a part of the delights Elizabeth and I experienced during our first walk in downtown Perth. Elizabeth added the color and the beauty to the scene wearing her new outfit which we bought yesterday in Brisbane (see the video link below).

I said to Elizabeth that the song the young French woman was singing sounded like an Irish-church hymn. It was that… and more (see below).

INNI, FROM PARIS, FRANCE, SINGING IN PERTH – a film by Bob Altzar Djurdjevic – Feb 12, 2015

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“You Raise Me Up” is a song that was originally composed by the duo Secret Garden. The music was written by Secret Garden’s Rolf Løvland and the lyrics by Brendan Graham. The Irish band Westlife then popularized the song in the United Kingdom two years later. “You Raise Me Up” is sung as a contemporary hymn in church services.

Tomorrow, weather permitting, we plan to sail to Rottnest Island. Never heard of it? Well, click here

Here are some other photos from our first walk through downtown Perth…


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But first, we went out to dinner and a night out with two friends – Joy and Sasha – in Northbridge, the entertainment part of Perth.

An art and show festival called Fringe World was going on. The way our Aussie friends pronounce the word, however, both Elizabeth and I thought she was saying “French World.”

“So do they speak French during the performances?” I asked.

“No, they don’t,” Joy replied, looking at me strangely. She must have thought I have flown the coop. 🙂

It was only about two hours later, after we had seen this brightly lit sign, that we realized Joy was saying Fringe, nor French world. So we all had a good laugh. 🙂

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Feb 13 – Perth, Day 2


Elizabeth’s Bike Ride/Hike – Another Achievement

There was going to be no sailing to Rottnest Island this morning. The weatherman made that decision onrottnest-island-off-the-coast-of-perth-australia-1600x1063 Friday the 13th. The morning started gloomy with a threat of rain showers.  That’s hardly the kind of weather to enjoy the beautiful scenery seen in the file photo (right). So Elizabeth and I decided to go for a bike ride around the Swan river estuary.

For Elizabeth, who is not a regular biker, this ride turned out to be quite a challenge. She experienced two minor crashes which earned her small scrapes on her left knee and elbow. Life of a biker… 🙂

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Anyway, we made it back to the bike shack in one piece. And now she has one more adventurous experience to add to her list of achievements.


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A few years ago, she jumped out of an airplane. Yes, with a parachute. 🙂 And she also dove from a high cliff into the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon even though she is not a great swimmer.

So now she can notch up another achievement on her courage totem pole. And can show these two booboos, as she calls them, to prove it. 🙂

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Perth Goes Gaga over the “Giants”

To get to the bike barn at the eastern part of the Swan estuary, we had to battle the crowds that were gathering on the large field in front of our hotel in anticipation of the “Giants” show.

I never understood what the excitement was about to see  large man-made mechanical figures parade through the city. But all of Perth seemed to turn out. And Elizabeth liked it, too.

Me? I couldn’t wait to get out of the crowded streets and parks.

Here are some pictures of the “Giants”…

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