Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Take Flight


We haven't been settled for two weeks and J's already being called to start his travels. And since hotel life can only be so thrilling, I'm considering tagging along. His stops: Indonesia [Jakarta and Balikpapan] and Australia [Perth]. If you know of any must-sees or hidden gems in these towns, please share the wealth! 

[photo by yyellowbird.]

32 comments:

Frau said...

Sounds wonderful....have you found a good boarder for Burkly? Germans love dogs so we are really fortunate, our Sohpie loves her boarder I can say her name and she runs around all excited. The second she opens her back of van Sophie jumps in and is like see ya! It's a good feeling to know they are happy.

jae said...

Oh yes, go go go...

So enjoyed your meet and greet post. Need to go to the comments again and read the new ones.
j.x

Jessica said...

Well...that doesn't sound so bad. Have fun!

Yoli said...

Girl I would be jumping up and down!!!!

Dolce said...

Wait.

You have the chance to go to Australia and you're only thinking of tagging along?

What is wrong with you. Pack your bag, send Berkley back to the compound and grab your hiking boots!

Megan said...

If you're going to Perth I hear that the wineries in Margaret River are worth a visit! I have a couple of mates from Perth so will ask them for some recommendations.

Joyce said...

Courtney this is an opportunity I say go for it. Too bad you can't tuck Miss B in your purse! xoxo

Sarah Danielle: Jeune Marie said...

Bon voyage! Have a good trip!

jordanp said...

You should follow Karen Cheng's blog:
http://www.karencheng.com.au/

She is based in Perth, Australia and has a ton of great content on what to do and where to go. She also has a Facebook page as well

Tia said...

You lucky girl!! Don't even think twice about it. Get your bags packed!

What about Burks? :(

Nicole Marie said...

oh so fun! i've never been to either but i'm sure you'll have lots of fun!!

Marge said...

Pack your bag and go sister! Make sure to take lots of photos for us to enjoy when you return!

Debra said...

Go, have fun, take it all in! And report back so we can enjoy all of your wonderful adventures!

LindsB said...

I've never been, but you should totally tag along!! It sounds like so much fun. I mean if you are going to be in a hotel anyways, why not be with J and in a cool city too!

arollerskatingjam said...

I'm green with envy! Have a wonderful time, I can't wait to hear all about your adventures!

Courtney said...

Hey Guys! Yes, Burks will be in great hands while we're gone. The pet movers had a man visit her daily in quarantine - I believe he used to be in charge of the quarantine facilities back in the day. Anyway, he boards pups at his house cage-free, so she'll be in hog's heaven!

Jordan: Thanks for the link! I'm off to read.

the clark family. said...

As a former resident of Perth, I can definitely recommend a few things! One of the most popular sites is Rottnest Island, and is worth a day trip. Sorrento Quay and Sorrento Beach are fabulous-and there's an Aquarium right there that's really neat. There are some fantastic restaurants in that area too. One place worth finding is Miss Maud's. It's a bakery worth its own trip, for a slice of Mud Cake. Margaret River is somewhat close by and has a bunch of great wineries, and a really great chocolate factory... there's a cemetery in Perth that has no headstones, but there's free ranging kangaroos there, and it's the best place we found in the city to see them. Also, keep an eye out in the trees and on the power lines- you'll see flocks of Lorikeet parrots, kookaburras and cockatoos as well!

CC said...

Oh, Courtney......WHAT FUN! Please tell us all about your trips!!!!!

Renae said...

How lucky for you that you are able to tag along! Take every opportunity to go when you can!
Have fun....send a postcard!
Blessings...
Renae

henrydefine said...

I HAVE NO IDEAS< but have fun!

Camille said...

No gems of knowledge here since I haven't yet been to that part of the world, but I immediately thought of black opals. A friend brought one back from a trip to Australia and New Zealand... and I honestly don't remember which one it comes from, but they are beautiful. If they are in Australia, see if you can spy some!

~Shani
(aka "Camille")

Averill said...

You should DEFINITELY tag along (one reason you quit your job, right?) -- Perth is actually a "sister city" of Houston, so it's sort of like going home for a bit anyway. :)

{lovely little things} said...

Wow what an exotic travel path, I've never been to any of those places, any recommendations of where to go and where to avoid?

The Lil Bee said...

OMG sooooo jeally!

Elissa said...

I live in Perth. When will you be there? There are some craft/artisan markets that show at different locations at different weekends.
http://www.perthupmarket.com.au/home.html
http://www.myspace.com/twobuckstilwednesday

Local fashion designers:
http://www.aureliocostarella.com/

Retail precinct with only independent fashion & homewares stores, that is near the Art Gallery of WA (which, incidentally, has an excellent shop):
http://www.onwilliam.com.au/

Other independent fashion/art/design retail outlets (there are many more than these):
http://www.distracted.com.au/
http://www.ruckrover.com.au/
http://www.pigeonhole.com.au/


Okay I have more links to add to all of those categories but I have to log off now. Will add more later if you like!

Courtney said...

Elissa: I LOVE this - thanks a million. And, yes, any other links you think of, I'd love them. So so excited for our upcoming trip!

Elissa said...

You're welcome.

This site should tell you what’s on for the time you’re in Perth: http://www.news.com.au/perthnow/

Also, googling some of my favourite spots in our fair city, the best guides I’ve found are on the “Out in Perth” (LGBT street press) website at http://www.outinperth.com/index.php/category/life/travel

Link to more links:
http://www.madeontheleft.com/links.html


I assume that you'll be staying in the city centre if it's a business trip. One thing you need to know is that shops (and most other things) shut at 5.30pm on weekdays (Fridays at 9pm in the city centre, Thursdays at 9pm everywhere else) and are closed on Sundays. Exceptions to this are special "tourist precincts" that are allowed open on Sundays (such as Fremantle, Perth, Mt Lawley, Northbridge, Leederville, Guildford), usually between 11am and 5pm. Mt Lawley and Leederville usually open late on Wednesday too. They both have bookshops, cafes and record stores that are open late every night (more about them below).

Elissa said...

Around the city centre, there is King's Park (best views of the Perth skyline and river, plus an amazing park), the "West End" district around King Street, the Art Gallery of WA, and William Street (link in my previous post) in Northbridge. There are markets next to the Art Gallery on Saturday and Sunday too.

http://www.bgpa.wa.gov.au/o/content/view/27//
http://www.form.net.au/
http://www.artgallery.wa.gov.au/index.asp
http://www.theperthmarkets.com.au/
http://www.outinperth.com/index.php/life/travel/out-in-northbridge-stuff-your-face
http://www.outinperth.com/index.php/life/travel/out-in-northbridge-shop-til-you-cant-stop


Another must-visit is Fremantle, our old port town about 30 minutes from Perth, on the Indian Ocean. The Market Street/South Terrace “Cappuccino Strip” and Fremantle Markets are excellent for eating and shopping.

http://www.fremantlemarkets.com.au/
http://www.billieandrose.com.au/
http://www.newedition.com.au/home.php
http://www.remedyonline.net.au/
http://www.outinperth.com/index.php/life/travel/focus-on-freo

There are other worthwhile stops with cool retail precincts on the Perth-Fremantle train line, including (heading west) Subiaco, Claremont and Cottesloe. In Cottesloe, check out Napoleon Street then head to the beach (another “must visit”).

Elissa said...

One of my favourites is Beaufort Street in Mt Lawley. The art deco cinema has closed down but the area still has many great reasons to visit, including (but certainly not limited to – many of the places I like don’t have websites):
http://www.cantina663.com/
http://www.eatingwa.com.au/articles.php?reviewtype=14
http://www.planetvideo.com.au/
http://www.testtubeobjects.com/
http://www.luxebar.com/
http://www.billieandrose.com.au/
http://www.highsandlows.net.au/
http://www.waremtlawley.com.au/
http://www.mariposashop.com/
http://www.allurelife.com.au/
http://www.behindthemonkey.com.au/

Elissa said...

Another favourite café/retail strip is Oxford St, Leederville. Most of the businesses open late Wednesdays and Thursdays (and during the day on Sunday) and the cafés/bars open late every night. Can’t find websites for most of the places but basically start at Funky Bunches (flower shop at the south end of Oxford St) and work north until you get to the Luna cinema. If you trek further down the road you’ll reach Distracted Merchants of Fancy and the Oxford Hotel.

http://www.lunapalace.com.au/index.php
http://www.karencheng.com.au/2008/05/30/fashion-boutiques-in-leederville/
http://www.remedyonline.net.au/

That should be enough suggestions to keep you busy (in addition to all the stuff the tourist centre recommends) but let me know if you want more! Hope you have fun.

Courtney said...

Elissa: You're the best! Thank you so so very much and I'll definitely stay quite busy thanks to your awesome recommendations!

Elissa said...

Forgot this store: http://www.morrisonshop.com/

Original store is in Fremantle. Also in claremont and Garden city (shopping centre).