Did I mention I’m originally from
? Probably not given I started calling myself a Melburnian roughly 2.8 seconds after I moved here. So much more sophisticated, so much more fashionable, worldly and… just downright cooler than saying “I’m a Perthite”. Perth
So now you know, and now I can comfortably gush about all the things I love about
(each of which I visited on my trip back a couple of weekends ago). Perth
no. 1 the beaches
Long stretches of clean white sand, endless blue sky, sunshine and the smell of coconut tanning lotion. Particularly good when I was back this time – an Iron Man event at
Scarborough (umm, nice) and a perfect day at . Cottesloe Beach
no. 3 gelare icecream
It seems odd, and is not at all down my gourmet and boutique-y alley, but Gelare does the most incredible low fat chocolate yoghurt icecream. It’s called chocolate chip chocolate chunk and is beyond delicious on a steaming hot waffle with chocolate fudge.
no. 4 subiaco
There’s no better place to go for good shopping, great pubs or gourmet food. Grab a quick meal from Jimmy’s noodle bar (favourite haunt of the footballers, tucked away off Hay St), relaxed drinks at Subi Hotel and then party the night away at one of the many bars.
no. 5 Ralph aka “Puppy”
An endless and endearing source of entertainment. He’s turning into an old man with grey in his eyebrows and he’s wearing his teeth down by tearing balls apart in record time. He unwraps his own Christmas presents and I’m sure he thinks he’s a human.
I stepped onto the plane back to Melbourne, a crying, snotty mess after saying goodbye to mum and my sister. I had a bit of a Dorothy (from The Wizard of Oz) moment, thinking “There’s no place like home …”
… thankfully it didn’t last long as I quickly realised I should be able to find some sparkling, ruby slippers in
(and if not, I’ll happily settle for some Christian Louboutins with sparkly red soles!) New York
, with love xox Perth