Feb 22 – LAST DAY IN WA: SAILING FROM PERTH TO FREMANTLE AND BACK ON SWAN RIVER
A PERFECT FAREWELL TO PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Elizabeth and I spent most of the day today on water, sailing from Perth to Fremantle and back on a river cruise ship. We also toured Fremantle on foot for about three hours.
And it was a marvelous experience. Perth is one of the cities with the highest boat per capita ownership. And today being Sunday and perfect weather for sailing, the sailboats were out in force.
Lest we forget, Fremantle was also the place where sailing history was made. On 26 September 1983, the yacht Australia II made history when the oldest sporting trophy in the world, the America’s Cup, was wrested from the Americans after 132 years.
More than anything else in recent history, it was this event that put Fremantle and Perth on the map of the world. While Perth is still considered the world’s most remote major city, at least now people know about it and its beauty. And the sailing prowess of Western Australians.
Elizabeth and I also had a chance to sail once on America II, a contender in the following (1987) America’s Cup races, also held in Fremantle (see “Albert & Victoria Reunited on America II,” July 2013). We were very fortunate. For, the beautiful sailboat was scuttled by the owner shortly after that.
Here’s now our photo album from that wonderful Sunday, more or less in chronological order.
Leaving Perth, Sailing to Fremantle
Exploring Fremantle on Foot, Part 1
Meeting London Opera Singer, Dancing to “La Traviata”
We also had a chance to listen to a London opera singer (Fiona) with a number of recorded albums. She has a voice like Sarah Brightman. And in fact, Fiona has performed in the Phantom of the Opera, among major roles.
Here’s a short clip from one of her performances. When she started to sing the Wine Waltz from “La Traviata,” Elizabeth and I started to dance spontaneously, right there in the Fremantle street in front of the City Hall., 🙂
LONDON OPERA SINGER PERFORMING ON FREMANTLE STREET
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Exploring Fremantle on Foot, Part 2
Sailboats of Swan River