Friday 26th February 2016 - Adelaide

February 26, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Luggage outside the door at 7, coach at 8 for the airport for the short internal flight to Adelaide. The flight is only an hour but watches go back 30 minutes, so will be 10.5 hours ahead for the next few days. After the flight we have another city tour including time to have lunch somewhere as we can't get to our rooms until 2:30.

All the formalities were much quicker so we were out of the airport and on the coach by 11:45. Passports are not even necessary although it is advisable to carry them for id, we weren't asked for them.  (Saw a rainbow lorakeet before we even left the airport).

Adelaide City Tour: brief history:  Adelaide was created by private enterprise in 1836 after two failed attempts by the British government.  The location was chosen by Mr Light due to its position and because it had enough water to sustain settlement.  This small city was designed as a grid of 5 squares surrounded by parks which is unique in world and was named after Queen Adelaide wife of King William IV. Adelaide university was the first to admit women in 1891 and Australia was the second country to give women the vote.

Slept through a lot of the commentary so can't write any more except for one rather amusing story.  The Anglican church was built on land owned by a Catholic.  When he died he made a mistake in his will and left it to the Bishop of Adelaide not the Archbishop, so the land went to the Anglicans not the Catholics!

We were dropped off for lunch at the Victoria Square Central Market which was a lovely enclosed market full of market stalls as well as a food court. When we were hanging about waiting for our tour guide, one of the group was asked by a local what we were demonstrating about! Hadn’t realised we looked like a bunch of protesters.

dkc-1073-039-LRdkc-1073-039-LRVeg Market Stall off Victoria Square

dkc-1073-044-LRdkc-1073-044-LRAnother Veg Stall Another Veg Stall

After lunch we were taken to our hotel for check in followed by a free afternoon / evening. We had to confirm and pay for our trips for the next few days and after that we wandered around Adelaide coming back to the hotel bar for a glass of wine. We had wanted a glass of Jacobs Creek (local) but the barman didn't have it - he suggested something he said was better, also local, as J C is mass market produced for the export market and not very good!

First impressions of Adelaide are it is quite small (only 1.25M inhabitants) and a bit down market compared with Melbourne.

We had showers and went out for a meal, back to the hotel and bed.

Slightly later start tomorrow - 8:45 for the wine tour.


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