Feb 21 – Saying Goodbye to Friends

And then it was time to leave our Blackboy Cottage and say goodbye to our Dunsborough friends.  When we dropped of the coffee pot Andrew and Lindsay had loaned us, Lindsay surprised Elizabeth with a beautiful scarf/skirt that she had made herself. The two ladies had discovered during this week that they have much in common when it comes to fashion and art.

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We also stopped briefly in Busselton to say goodbye to our Perth friend Joy who was there with her family just for the weekend. Before that, we had dropped in on the old general store in Carbunup for some yummy ice cream.  Too early in the day for that? Not when it’s your last chance for it. 🙂

And then we drove up to Perth, taking the interior scenic route via Harvey and Pinjarra.  Three and a half hours later, Perth greeted us with sparkling, glorious sunshine.

Driving Tour of West Perth

Since this was Elizabeth’s first visit to the city, before checking back into the Duxton (our hotel), I took us on a car tour of some interesting Perth neighborhoods from my memory.  Screen Shot 2015-03-11 at 6.05.20 PM

We even crossed the Swan River and ended up in East Fremantle unwittingly after I made a wrong turn. But it was all interesting and fun.  Eventually, we ended up at our destination – the University of Western Australia campus.


I have always thought that the University of Western Australia has one of the most beautiful college campuses in the world.  It’s like being in a botanical garden with a yacht club. The architecture is also similar to Stanford U’s in California.


I was first acquainted with the U of WA when I was asked to give a lecture there in October 1999 on NATO’s bombing of Serbia. I have been back many times since just for fun.  Like today.  But this was Elizabeth’s first time.

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And it was also her first time to see black swans close up. They were commingling with some ducks on the banks of the Swan river right on the edge of the campus.

So here are some photos from our brief visit to the U of WA.

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After the visit to the U of WA campus, Elizabeth and I drove on and through the massive King’s Park. At its eastern end, the park offers magnificent views of Perth and the Swan river estuary in front of it.

Take a look…


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The photo of the two of us was taken by a young Swiss woman. She was a part of a foursome from Switzerland who have made it from the Alps all the way down to WA.


We lucked out this evening by being able to get a reservation at the Coco’s restaurant in South Perth. Normally, this place is completely sold out on Saturday nights, our hotel concierge told me.

The restaurant is directly opposite our Perth hotel on the other side of the Swan river estuary. It was fun taking a passenger ferry across and back from dinner.

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The food was good but overpriced. I figured we were paying a premium for the beautiful night skyline views of Perth across the river which one can enjoy from the restaurant.

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