Monday, September 25, 2006

A Piece Of Mantle

Situated at the point where Australia's Swan River shakes hands with the ocean, Fremantle is a picturesque port situated near Perth. The buildings in the town look like it has been cast a time spell and is still in the nineteenth century. And a casual walk around the town took us through the colourful Freo market, selling everything from paintings to potatoes, the caffeinated Capuccino Strip and the trams which pepper the streets with spice.


Pic: Entrance to the Fremantle market

And the crisp, clear,warm waters of the beach seduced me to try wading in the sparkling ocean and whiff the familiar perfume of salt water ...

Pic : Of Rocks and Beaches

The marine museum, coupled with the fact that I have spent half of last year working in the seas, was interesting. Apart from looking at the boat which had gone around the world thrice, at antique things salvaged from shipwrecks,we had a peek inside a real submarine! I had always been curious about these silent black things moving throughout the water and looking at the outside world through invisible eyes, and can be seen exclusively only when you have a remote in your hand.




Pic : Entry hatch of the submarine


Lunch was in this al fresco restaurant with a view across the water, under canopied umbrellas with seagulls flitting around. Spent a nice hour watching yachts sailing across , predicting seagull psychology and complementing the weather for behaving itself.



Pic : Food with a view

This was a rare occasion where instead of burying my nose into a map and a tourist book, I actually had a friend who took me around by my elbow. So, next, I found myself facing the imposing structure of the Fremantle prison, which has been shut down for the past fifteen years. While looking through the ex-cells of prisoners, I spotted the graffiti scribbled in one - 'Life is something that happened when I was planning something else'. Cannot imagine what must have been running through the mind of this prisoner when writing this, shut in a tiny cell,without a glimpse of the world outside, with his entire lifetime ticking away....


We managed to catch the sunset from the highest point in the town, which gave a bird's eye view of the place, and an almost summary of the entire day. Because, from there I could spot the museum, the prison and the town hall encased amidst pine, palm and peppermint trees. Postcard perfect.

10 comments:

kray said...

WOW!!! Even I'm going green :)

Hemamalini said...

@kray,howcome?you should be going - Been there. Done that!;)

kray said...

but this sounds like so much more fun!! probably because I WAS walking with my face in a map :P

Neelam Prabhu Gaonker said...

i waannnaaa go to austrraalia too !!!!!! :((

Hemamalini said...

@neelam..Awwww. don't cry cupcake.
I shall give you a shrinking portion and carry you in my pocket next time I go, ok?:)

m said...

cupcake?!seriously hems, CUPCAKE?:D
and yes, reply to my mail.a long reply.starting with whom u went to all these nice places :P

Hemamalini said...

emmmm, dont be jealous:P.yes, shall mail:)

Anonymous said...

Credits to those lines I think should go to John Lennon - "Lfe is what happens to you when you are busy making other plans" ~ Beautiful Boy... And thinking of what might have been on the prisoners mind when he wrote it... aah... mysterious and dark, vaguely interesting!

~Bratman.

Hemamalini said...

@Bratman..It was rankling me that it sounded closely familiar but I couldn't place it! Now I know:)

and, is this someone I know..?

Anonymous said...

John Lennon definitely is someone you now Lady!

In a pure cosmic sense, we all know each other don't you think? He he...

~Bratman :)