Le Chic En Rose

Diaries of an independent traveller

Getting back into routine after the festive season! Our visitors have left us and it seems a bit strange to have the house back to just ourselves and the pets.

We’ve done quite a few local outings over the past few weeks including a pleasant day in Fremantle with Mlle when she was here from London.

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I have posted about a previous trip to Fremantle (see here). By Perth standards it’s quite a historic place being the first port of call back in 1829 when the first European settlers set up a colony at the mouth of the Swan River (see here). However, importantly, it also has a rich indigenous heritage, which you can read more about here. There is an acknowledgement about the land and traditions on the City of Fremantle website:

The City of Fremantle acknowledges the Whadjuk people as the traditional owners of the greater Fremantle/Walyalup area and that their cultural and heritage beliefs are still important to the Nyoongar people today.

It’s always lovely to wander the streets and explore the older style buildings from colonial days. The Fremantle Markets are a wonderful way to while away time and pick up supplies (I have discovered an excellent stall selling all manner of loose leaf teas including all my favourites!)

 

 

Aside from the markets, Fremantle also has plenty of interesting shops selling all sorts of things – artwork, old books, maps and clothing. Monsieur was on a mission to find some old vinyls for the new turntable he received at Christmas! He duly found a store selling a myriad of old records and I left him there to browse for quite a while.

We wandered back down to the sea front and passed by Notre Dame, the univeristy situated in Fremantle – its locations are spread out over a number of old-style buildings.

Later we met Mlle for lunch at coincidentally the same place as my previous Fremantle post – Little Creatures down by the front! I should stress however that there are numerous other cafes and eateries from which to take your pick – The Raw Kitchen restaurant is another of our favourites and the adjoining shop a great place to pick up gifts.

 

 

After lunch we strolled around the historic port front – it was a blustery day though the sea breeze was most welcome. There are some displays about the port’s heritage, an art gallery and steps leading up to the Round House used to house prisoners for many years (we have visited quite a few times so didn’t go up there on our recent visit).

 

 

Fremantle is a perennial favourite somewhere I often pop down to even when we don’t have visitors. If anyone is coming to Perth I’d highly recommend it – it has a charm and character quite distinct from the far more modern Perth city.

 

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We have fortunately not been affected in the Perth Metro area by the horrific bushfires, though there was a severe fire in the Yanchep area to the north before Christmas and the eastern part of Western Australia has been badly impacted by fires near the South Australian border. This is a relatively under-populated part of the state though it has alas burnt through large hectares of bushland and caused traffic delays on the Eyre Highway (the main link road between Western and South Australia).

Thoughts continue to go out to those affected further east by the drought, terrible fires and most recently floods.

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16 thoughts on “Old Favourites – Fremantle

  1. Nice tour of Freemantle. Brings back memories of our visit last year. (Suzanne)

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    1. Thanks Suzanne – plenty of lovely old buildings for you to photograph in Fremantle! Hope you can make another trip “Down Under”some day 🙂

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      1. We certainly hope so as there are still lots of regions we didn’t visit…

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        1. It’s a vast country!!

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  2. Heyjude says:

    We stayed in Fremantle on our visit in 2003, a lovely area. My son also lived there for a while when he was in Perth, but sadly I never got over to visit him there. Now he is in Brisbane! Lovely to see those blue skies and people walking around in shorts!

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    1. It certainly is a lovely area Jude and would have made an excellent base for you on your trip. Pity you didn’t get back to visit again – hopefully you will one day 🙂 It was actually quite breezy the day we went – very refreshing 🙂 🙂

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  3. margaret21 says:

    How nice to be able to read a cheerful piece about Australia. It feels as if the whole country is badly affected, even those not at direct risk from the flames. Hope you stay safe.

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    1. Thanks Margaret 🙂 We will be fine as we live in the Metro area and whilst there are some areas of bushland it would be extremely unlikely for a fire to take hold for any significant time. The risk is far greater if you live in areas surrounded by bush such as up in the hills round Perth and down south where there are significant forests. It has been hard knowing what to post about in these difficult times but it’s important to highlight the positives about Australia too at present. Whilst on an unprecedented scale, much of the country is unaffected though obviously people are very upset and concerned about what is happening. We took our granddaughters to Perth Zoo last week and went and saw the koalas (they are not native to Western Australia so live in zoos or wildlife parks over here). I would hate for their children and grandchildren never to be able to see a koala for example in real life – the conservation work to preserve our native fauna and habitat for the future is vitally important now and going forward!

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      1. margaret21 says:

        ..And looks quite a struggle right now. Good luck and best wishes to you and all your fellow citizens.

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        1. Thank you Margaret 🙂

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  4. restlessjo says:

    It does look a lovely city, Rosemay. I remember it from previous posts. 🙂 🙂 Thank goodness for all the rain but for many it must be too late to avert disaster. Your heart goes out to them! Enjoy your peaceful time, hon! Are you returning to the UK soon? I think Dad was having a hard time?

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    1. Yes Fremantle is a lovely spot Jo – it’s about 40 minutes drive from here and also happens to be the same distance for my elder daughter (who lives south of the river) so it’s a good meeting spot 🙂 Unfortunately the rains seem to be compounding the problems as the ground is so dry and hard from droughts that the water runs off and causes flooding. It seems as if the fires are still burning too – they were just so hot and may take weeks to be fully extinguished. It’s desperately sad for all those affected and the poor wildlife …….Planning a quick trip to the UK to see family in March if flights work out! 🙂

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      1. restlessjo says:

        I noted that! Didn’t like to mention your aunt in the comment but I remember you struggling with it all around Christmas. Poor Dad!

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  5. It’s been a difficult time for them all over there Jo! Mid winter is never fun either. I’ll just see what’s available with flights – there were a few issues with flying over the Middle East recently…

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  6. vinneve says:

    It’s amazing that it seems I can still remember the feelings when we were there few years ago from your photos!

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    1. That’s good to hear – happy to bring back good travel memories for you!

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