Day 03 night: Fremantle; Max 23ºC, Min 6ºC.
We woke from the nap, and decided we just had to go to Fremantle again. Our tastebuds and growling tummies were yearning for more seafood chowder. So we embarked on our 40 min car-drive from Fraser Suites to the Fremantle Bathers Beach.
The glistening stretch of white sandy beach, coupled with the much welcomed sea breeze, beckoned to us in a calming way. We walked towards the groyne that juts out into the sea, and stood there, admiring God’s signature for the day.
We made it our resolution to watch the sun set past the horizon today, because we had missed it when we were here on the first day. Basking in the golden hue of whatever last warmth we could steal from the disappearing daylight, we pondered on the Lord’s beauty. “One thing I have asked from the LORD, that I shall seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD and to meditate in His temple.” (Psalm 27:4)
Realising we still had some time, we drove to The Fremantle Cappuccino Strip. Abuzz with patrons, this popular charming street exudes a cosmopolitan feel and a relaxed atmosphere where one can unwind after a hard day’s work. We parked our car and walked towards the renown Fremantle Markets. Old charm emanated from the 1897 historical building that houses the myriad of stalls and booths within.
We walked through and around the market, sampling different foods from all over the globe. There were Spanish paella, Turkish delights, German Bratwursts, Swedish Honeycake, etc. We could have saved some tummy room for our seafood chowder, which was what brought us back to Fremantle, but the tantalising appeal of the various food that were offered in the market proved too difficult to overcome.
We shopped and ate a variety of delish fare before we came upon the one-and-only famous community piano of the Fremantle Markets, a truly one-of-a-kind piece that is a pleasure to look at and to play on. The modern abstract art painted on it featured strongly on geometrical shapes in bright and bold colours, congruent with the sophisticated cosmopolitan vibes of the Fremantle Markets.
It was a pleasure to watch and listen to J play his favourite Kenny G tune on it, with Little E enthusiastically trying to follow Daddy’s fingers. 😀
Noticing the natural light filtering through the windows had started to dim, we made our swift exit, and drove back to the harbour. The docks by then were full of locals and tourists alike, settling in the waterfront restaurants and bars, ready to indulge in great tasting seafood and snacks as they relaxed in the convivial atmosphere
We took a ride in the Ferris Wheel at the Fremantle Esplanade Youth Plaza and beheld a bird’s eye view of the City of Fremantle as well as the beautiful horizon that displayed an array of captivating pastel colours as the sun made its way down past the horizon…
We also played at the large and spacious playground that is conveniently nestled amongst towering Norfolk Island Pine trees that are over 100 years old! The fun and colourful playscape is situated on Marine Terrace opposite the Esplanade hotel. It is set on the pine forest floor laden with impact-attenuating wood chips, which I consider an environmentally friendly alternative to rubber type playground surfaces.
Reluctant to leave the playground, we had to carry Little E and dashed towards Bathers Bay, just in time to catch the darkest tinge of twilight before dusk stole away what little daylight was left, rendering this part of the world darkened with a deep amethyst hue before night finally closed in.
We bade the sun farewell, then walked past the bustling Bathers Beach House, sated with the fulfilment of the one resolution we had made on this trip. While contemplating which sunset over which continent to capture next, we felt blessed and contented as we made our way to Kailis Fish Market Café for the prize – Seafood chowder!
After all, that was the pure reason we came here for… only to lead us to discover that Fremantle is far more than just good seafood, but a city that is full of charm and rich in history. We will certainly return to Fremantle every time we visit Perth again.