Grateful

Finishing up in Perth, walking one more time around the city, From Northbridge down near Yanan Square, following King Street to the Rio Tinto Building, over bridges to Elizabeth Quay, then over to Barrack Square,  back through London Court, taking the new connecting bridges from Carillon City to Forrest Chase Square to Perth Train Station to the Art Gallery of WA (Western Australia – Not WA (和) the Japanese cultural concept of “harmony”).

November has been cold for Perth, one of the coldest on record.  Last year, we experienced one of the coldest Octobers on record.  I guess we are just lucky.  Nothing even close to freezing, but most places are set up for sizzling summers in 35-40 deg C range (95-105 deg F).

One last restaurant to try was the Annalakshmi on the Swan at Barrack Square by Elizabeth Quay. It overlooks the harbor, serves Indian buffet everyday. Patron’s pay what they feel. I just took a small spoonful to taste and yet was stuffed. Walked all the way up to Northbridge afterward.

This place exists in a central tourist spot with a beautiful view. Knowing that there is a place like this just inspires me.  I was happy to pay what I felt.

 

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Simple Vegan fare with Cumin Water
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Coffee and a pudding overlooking the Red Baron biplane

 

 

Zagreb Impressions

I’m not real creative with the title for these photos.  There is no grand theme it seems.

Maja Hrgovic writes in her short story Zlatka,

I lived near the train station in a neighborhood built many decades ago for the families of railroad workers and machinists.  Like tombstones over grave mounds, hardened chimneys rose from parallel rows of elongated one-story buildings.

We stayed in this area for a week.  The evenings reflected the history more vividly.

Full Moon from Balcony
Full Moon from Balcony
Local Cat at Night
Local Cat at Night

Fifty meters away we could leave this world by bus and tram.  Both stops overlooked a grand Yugoslavian era boulevard reflecting the new Croatia with gardens and the National and University Library.

Busstop
Busstop
Zagreb to New Zagreb
Zagreb to New Zagreb
National and University Library
National and University Library

With weekly tram tickets we explored many different neighborhoods of Zagreb:  Down to the Sava river which flows clear, up to upper town by funicular, through curvy streets and market.

Sava River
Sava River
Rising in the Funicular
Rising in the Funicular
Cathedral from Central Market Side Street
Cathedral from Central Market Side Street

Occasionally, interesting little experiences excited us.

Weaving Demonstration at central square
Weaving Demonstration at central square
Lunch at Fast Food No. 1, fresh from the open air market
Lunch at Fast Food No. 1, fresh from the open air market
Stone Gate chapel pilgrimage has the chains from Nelson's HMS Victory.
Stone Gate chapel pilgrimage has the chains from Nelson’s HMS Victory.
Only three different dishes served, we had two.
Only three different dishes served, we had two.