TRAVEL with pat and lew

stunning Cottesloe Beach

Posted by Lew Weinstein on April 22, 2007

                 

Cottesloe is a small town further down the west coast of Australia, below
Perth. We drive right past it to the outskirts of Fremantle. We didn’t realize Fremantle was so close (20 minutes) since we went there by river boat and it took 1 ½ hours. Turning back, we find Cottesloe.

It’s one of the most beautiful beaches we’ve ever seen anywhere in the world … elegant … grass terraces … people picnicking on the terraces. A gracious old inn, the Indiana, overlooks the scene. There’s a nude beach somewhere, but we don’t find it. Didn’t actually look very hard.

Pat has been looking for a cycle apparel shop, for a gift for her daughter Kerry. There was a sign on the road somewhere that such a shop exists on Stirling Boulevard (Stirling being the first governor of the Perth colony in 1829). We find the street, drive past the shop (sound familiar) and find it on our way back. Great shirt for our cycling gal.

The proprietor in the cycling shop is British, 10 years in Australia.  When she discovers we’re Americans, she asks us what we thought of President Bush.

Without waiting for our answer, she says, “He’s stupid,” reflecting the 100% opinion of every foreigner in every country we’ve met in all our travels for the entire summer.

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