Adelaide - Winding up the wine, women and churches

Trip Start Jun 29, 2005
Trip End Nov 30, 2009

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Tuesday, July 5, 2005

I can't leave Adelaide without describing the city itself. Locals are proud that they are the only 'free' state in Australia. What that means is the first settlers who came to the area in the 1830s were all free settlers that paid their way to get here and acquire land. They were not convicts. I suppose the best indication of this is the architecture around the city - there seems to be a much higher proportion of heritage buildings, both institutional and privately owned, which gives the city an 'old money' feel. Historians and architects would dig it alike.

My city wanderings started at a local hero - a statue of the Don (Sir Donald Bradman) outside the Adelaide Oval and in the pleasant winter shadow of a signature Adelaide cathedral. When you look there really are a lot of churches around here. Anyway, the sun was warming my back so a walk along the riverfront sounded fine, taking in the city and art centre views. Very pleasant as the photos below attest.

I meandered quickly enough to eventually make a lunch appointment with the girls at the big Santos building in town, so we headed down to the Botanic Gardens. They didn't have much time (such diligent workers), so they left me to my own devices in the Cactus section which ended up being a highlight for me. Elsewhere on the grounds I spent quite some time in the sun typing up a lot of this entry. Very pleasant. Apparently the climate here is great for a huge range of flora so I spent much more time here than expected.

Afterwards I took North Terrace for a closer look at some of the architecture on the way back into town. Logistical matters beat me in the end, however did get a chance to photograph the pigs in Rundle Mall with their snouts in the trough - something I know dad will appreciate!

One last thing I must mention before heading to Alice Springs is the Central Markets. I'm not sure if we have something like it in Sydney but if not, we should have. It's basically a collection of highly competitive food vendors retailing every type of consumable you can imagine. A favourite is the specialist cheese shops but you can get everything imaginable in just about every variety desirable. Mmm mmm..... I take my hat off to a simpler, albeit a little more expensive retail option so hope that Woolies doesn't wipe out its like any time soon.

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