Month: August 2017

Where To Find The Street Art In Perth

No matter where I am, as soon as I hear that there is some street art to discover, there’s no need to tell me twice. I’ve some affection to street art, some personal liking that I make it a priority — and that’s exactly what happened while I was in Perth. As I arrived in the city and started walking from the Perth central train station to Haus Accommodation, the hostel I was going to stay in, located just a few streets down the road from the train station, I came across some random but startling street art murals. A bit of enquiring with the hostel staff, and I found that Perth, just like a few other towns around the world, may just be a graffiti art lovers’ heaven. During the past decade, Perth has rapidly transformed itself into a modern-day artist’s playground, with its urban tapestry of street art adding new shades to its culture, and taking over the city, almost beautifully. From skyscrapers to laneways and everything in between, street art is revitalizing …

A Day Trip To Fremantle, From Perth

“Everybody goes to Fremantle on a Sunday morning, it’s one of those towns that are meant to unwind and relax,” suggested the receptionist in my hostel. Staying in Perth on a work holiday visa for the past 7 months, her suggestion sounded tempting. I was told that I can take a train from Perth to Fremantle from the central station CBD, located at about 5-minute walk from the hostel, and be in Fremantle in no more than 25 minutes. Another way to get there was by taking a 60-minute cruise ride from Swan River, right next to Elizabeth Quay, that costs about 30 dollars. Uninterested in a cruise ride, as I always have been, I decided to take the train. But if you end up in Fremantle after the noon with a little to no idea about what to see and do there, as so was the case with me, the town may just feel overwhelming. So a quick probe, and I found a list of over a dozen tour companies that ran a day …

Wine Tasting In Swan Valley: A Day Trip From Perth

If you thought Perth is all about beaches, beers and sunsets, think again. Because at just 30-minute drive outside of the city, lies Australia’s second oldest, and one of the popular wine regions. With over 40 world class wineries, six breweries, two distilleries, and different fresh local produce, the beautiful Swan Valley, makes it feel like a different world. Sitting on the Gnangara mound, a large mound of sandy but very fertile soil, its entire 105 sq km of land has been very thoughtfully planned. As you enter the Swan Valley and start exploring, you come across big and boutique vineyards harmoniously growing on either side of the road, making each sight a sight to behold. [Also Read: A Day Trip To The Pinnacles And Lancelin, From Perth] With open spaces, vineyard vistas and plenty of fresh country air, the Swan Valley is a perfect place for day-trippers in Perth looking for open spaces and fresh air. The only disappointment, however, is that there’s nothing (other than smart branding) to call Swan Valley a valley, given its entire …

A Day Trip To The Pinnacles, Lancelin & Yanchep National Park, From Perth

With The Triffids playing their popular Wide Open Road on the radio, setting a fine driving mood before we even left Perth and hit the Mitchell Freeway, one thing was assured, it was going to be a great day ahead. Though the weather could have been more favourable, during the peak winter season in Western Australia, in August, what better can you expect? The sun was still periodically peeking between the clouds giving the tiny droplets rain a crystal shine. A few quick and timely rainbows were moreover adding up to the charm. Clearly, if they say that a road trip is the best way to experience Australia, there’s a reason for it. In under 200 km of a driveway, outside the city of Perth, we explored so many different colours, natural settings and landscapes, that such a diversification is impossible to find in many other parts of the world. And if, however, there was one thing that remained constant, it was the undying beauty of the place… of Western Australia! A day trip to The Pinnacles Desert from Perth, following the Indian Ocean …

Farewells: My Biggest Travel Enemy

As I left the dinner table and entered my room — a normal daily routine I was consciously repeating for the past couple of weeks, I wondered why it was the toughest, to leave and wishing THE FAMILY, I was staying with, in Italy, for the last 2 weeks, a ‘pleasant sleep’ tonight. As I slammed my room’s door behind me and started typing a set of careful words, I realized that I may be feeling an overwhelming set of emotions, under the influence of some wine, but no, there’s nothing unusual in today’s circumstances; I always feel the same. Bidding farewells and saying final goodbyes have always been the toughest part of my travels. They make my life so much difficult, and a lot more unsettling. I always thought that after travelling for some time, living more experiences, and bidding adieu to all the people I’ll meet on the road, I would somehow, almost naturally, master the art of saying farewells, without being driven by the moment. But this time as I departed, I realised that I’m pathetically failing in what …