Even though it was as hot as yesterday, we still went to the World of Food Festival being held from 11am to 3pm, at the Government House Gardens, and met up with some friends.
There were about 35 stands with food from around the world, but our first port of call was the Portuguese stand. Then we had dessert from the French stand and the Dutch stand too.
There was also a small stage showcasing some entertainers - singers and dancers - from various countries.
|Some of the food stands with Government house at the back|
|The Portuguese stand|
|Some older Portuguese men playing and singing traditional songs|
|Malasyan dancers on stage|
|Our view of the gardens, lakes and fountains from our sitting area|
At around 12,45h I heard someone announce that the Government House was open until 1pm. Since the house is only opened in special occasions, I jumped at the idea of visiting it of course!
Building of this heritage listed house was started in 1859 and completed in 1863.
Situated right in the center of Perth in St. George's Terrace, and is surrounded by 3,2 hectares of beautiful gardens. The house has 16 rooms on the ground floor and 25 rooms on the first floor. Just last week it hosted Prince Charles and Camilla the Duchess of Cornwall on their visit to Perth.
Only some of the rooms in the ground floor could be visited, but I really enjoyed seeing the interior.
The gardens are usually opened to visitors on Tuesday's, Wednesday's and Thursday's between 12noon and 2pm, so you can take your picnic and enjoy the views.
|Government house and some the the city's skyscrapers. The one to the left is the Perth city council|
|The grand ball room|
|Executive Council Room with pictures of former WA Governors|
|The grand dining room|
|In the Music/Drawing room stood a recent photo of Camilla and Charles|
|The ornate staircase leasing to the first floor, with a massive stained glass window|
|The swimming pool on the South side of the house|
|The Swan Bell Tower in the distance, as seen from the gardens|
They are so well looked after, they must have loads of dedicated gardeners...
I think I will have to take my Christmas visitors there for a peep!