|Carlo and Michelle standing near their Mustang in the port of Perth parking lot.|
|Painting of Statue of Liberty in art gallery aboard the ship.|
Tom remembered they'd purchased a new Mustang from our continuing contact on Facebook since we met them on a cruise in April from Sydney to Singapore. In no time at all, we saw them both approaching us, arms open wide for big Aussie welcomes and hugs.
|Lighthouse near the port.|
Although photos weren't as good as we'd have liked the day spent together was undoubtedly the greatest point of all. They'd both taken the day off work to be with us which we fully appreciated.
|Boats at the marina.|
I definitely needed a few clothing items and Michelle proved to be an ideal shopping companion. It had been so long since I'd shopped in a mall of this caliber, let alone with another woman. I felt like a kid in a candy store, my eyes darting about over the massive number of stores, products and concepts, many of them entirely new in my limited exposure to shopping.
|Rain and haze prevented a good view of the city centre of Perth.|
A few hours later, the guys returned to the mall, easily found us per Michelle's call to Carlo and we all had lunch in the food court. We'd wanted to take them to an special restaurant for lunch but they insisted they'd be thrilled to eat in the food court. Tom was eyeballing the McDonalds restaurant.
|View from a park we would have walked had it not been as rainy as it wa|
Of course, Tom enjoyed his cheeseburger and fries from McDonalds while the rest of us dined on items from separate locations. The last time we'd had a meal in a food court was back in the US at least five or six years ago, long before I began this way of eating.
|Swan River in Perth/Fremantle.|
Back in the terminal, the return process for the back-to-back cruise was quick and painless..no queues, no check in lines and only one fast pass through security with our new SeaPass cards in hand. Soon we were back in our familiar cabin, dressing for the evening and ready for the 5 pm muster drill which is required that all consecutive passengers attend.
|Fred, Michelle and Carlo's parrot who lives at Carlo's jewelry studio. When Fred saw Tom he squawked at him and then said "Fred."|
|Top of our ship to the right.|
|This was CJ (for Carlo Junior), the family's Char Pei who took a liking to Tom.|
Today, a new 1500 passengers are among us with the remaining almost 500 of us on the back-to-back for a new total of around 2000 passengers. No doubt, the joy of this fabulous cruise will continue over these next 16 days until we eventually dock in Sydney to fly to Tasmania on December 3, 2016.
|Garden at Carlo's parent's adjoining property near the studio.|
But, its the life we've chosen and for us, a very happy life filled with endless wonders and surprises, most certainly enhanced by the people we've meet along the way.
|Jewelry making workshop.|
Photo from one year ago today, November 17, 2015:
|A few boats at the pearl pier in Savusavu, Fiji. For more photos, please click here.|