After 2wks without DH at home, Friday couldn’t come soon enough, to jump on a jet plane and head to Beautiful Perth !! 8yrs since we have had a night away together kid-free !!
The plane was HUGE… I haven’t been on a plane bigger than 6 seats across before, so it was pretty cool. However, when you fly on your own and are in a middle seat, you find out much you would normally lean on your travel companion, or the window if you have one. It was a pretty uncomfortable flight having to sit bold upright for 5+hrs.
A slight mishap with forgetting my jacket was a bit of a worry for when I got out of the plane, but it ended up not being too bad. (I bought a jacket the next day.) When disembarking, I couldn’t keep the smile off my face, I was so looking forward to seeing my DH, but my smiles were wasted (LOL) as he had gotten confused in the airport and wasn’t at my gate anyway. We found each other pretty quickly though.. and there was lots of kissing. ha ha !!!
Our first stop was to find dinner. DH went to an area he’d found a few nights back. It was basically a street of restaurants, bars & cafes and was quite nice as my first Perth experience for the trip. The Restaurant we settled on was an Italian place, Monte Fiore Cafe Restaurant, and had a lovely atmosphere. How terrible that I can’t actually remember what I had, but I’m pretty sure it would have been chicken, well, coz I basically always order chicken. LOL.
When we got back to our accommodation that DH had checked into earlier that arv, I found the most gorgeous bouquet of flowers waiting for me. He had plans to bring it with him to the airport, but he wouldn’t have gotten it through security etc. (I ended up having to leave them in Perth too when we left on Monday for the same reason. :0( … )
The following morning we headed to a nearby shopping centre in search of a jacket. In my true thrifty style, I settled on a Navy Danni Minogue preppy jacket reduced from $99 to $39. Woot Woot !!!! A visit to Gloria Jeans mid shop was much enjoyed as I strangely only took high heel boots with me…. what was I thinking??
The movies was our next stop… we saw ‘Aloha’. It was here that we found out that the movies are REALLY expensive in Perth.. well, at this particular cinema anyway.. For the two of us to go to a V-max movie was $48.. and that’s concession price. Wowzers !!
Our plan was to head back for a sleep before our big night out at C Restaurant, but a lovely warm bath was far more appealing… gotta love a nice soak in the tub !!!!
So, our ‘splurge night out’ adventure began with parking our hire car a LONG way away from the Restaurant.. not intentionally of course, but needless to say, the boots may have looked fantastic, but they certainly didn’t feel fantastic after walking 10+ blocks. It was certainly worth the walk though. Even the forecourt of the building was interesting with several statues depicting the change of the business man over the years. Here’s DH posing with one of them.
We jumped in the elevator and took the 33 floor journey upwards… yawns necessary. The first impression was elegance and sophistication. The lighting was quite dim which worried me at first, as I obviously don’t do fantastically in low lighting, but it wasn’t as if I had to move around much, so once we were seen to our table, it was all good. Plus, you do need it fairly dark inside in order to fully experience the lights of the City all around you. The Restaurant rotates at about an inch per few seconds… we were there just over 2hrs and just got around one full rotation plus a little extra.
The food was divine… expensive, but divine !!! The atmosphere was lovely, the wait staff were fantastic… all in all, a great experience. It would certainly be nice to go there for dinner in the summer when you can enjoy seeing the city in daylight, and then get to enjoy a sunset etc.
The excruciating walk back was.. well, excruciating. :0( Like I said though, worth it.
Sunday dawned dull and rainy but we were excited anyway as we were heading to church to see our friends who moved to Perth 7yrs ago. We thoroughly enjoyed their service, and then lunch out together afterwards. Yes, you can tell by this photo that we defs LOVED our time together !!!
After saying goodbye to our dear friends, we heading an hour or so north to find the Crystal Caves. I went there when I was in Perth for a conference several years ago and I knew that DH would enjoy them.
As this was to be our last afternoon in Perth, I was desperate to see a sunset over the ocean as, of course, we don’t see that here on the East Coast of Australia.
Our last morning in Perth was spent exploring more of the beaches and City.
The excitement didn’t end when we arrived at the airport as, soon after checking in, the entire airport was evacuated. A little frustrating seeing as we were not far from boarding our plane when we were told to all leave immediately, plus it meant having to line up with the masses to come back through security. It all proceeded fairly painlessly, and we even ended up arriving back home only a half hour later than planned.
All in all… the weekend was FANTASTIC, AMAZING, MEMORABLE, EXCITING.. and so much more !!! I LOVE my DH to bits and am so blessed that God had him put aside for me !!
Blessings peeps !! xox