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Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Adelaide May 20th 2013

5/2 We got up early to have the free breakfast that the hotel offered, feeling rather sleepy after not a great sleep and it feeling like 5.30am to our body clocks! We had cereal and toast for breakfast and then headed out for a wander around Adelaide. We walked to the central markets first and we bought some fresh fruit and some hummus from stalls there. We had a look around the shops and stalls, and bought some food from Coles supermarket as there were communal kitchens in the hotel to use. We took our shopping back to the hotel and then used the computers in the hotel to book 2 day trips- one for the next day. We needed to get a bus for the trip tomorrow, so we headed out to find the bus ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Adelaide April 16th 2013

WOMADELAIDE 2013...Music to save the Planet. They call it Mad March...Mad because a year full of delights is crammed into one month...Mad because you'd be mad to miss it. I'm talking about Adelaide of course...that peaceful state capital of South Australia...that for one month of each year becomes the cultural capital of the World...showcasing Art (Turner landscapes), Comedy (Fringe Festival), Kite Festival, French Film Festival, vroom vroom V8s, Music (Future Festival) & more Music (the Big Daddy of them all)...Womadelaide...88,000 fans strolling, swaying, rockin' & boppin'...over 4 days...in the Botanical Gardens...the best organised music festival on the Planet. But this year reminded of the wounds to humanity...music silent in the home of Desert Blues, my beloved Mali...and the massacre of children in Syria...messages in music...reminding me what music can... read more
TIMBUKTU 2011
FESTIVAL AU DESERT at TIMBUKTU 2011
BASSEKOU KOUYATE

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Adelaide April 13th 2013

Sat 13th A little research showed that we lucky senior citizens can have all day free travel on Adelaide busses and trams. Now, that was an offer we couldn't refuse. Marg and I wanted to look around the city at some of the historic buildings and Daviv and Mary thought they would start at the zoo. We stuck to our plan following a tourist mud map winding our way around town, down past the Railway Station, University, Royal Adelaide Hospital to the botanical gardens. We saw interesting parallels with Christchurch where their Hagley Park is not unlike to botanical gardens in relation to the central city, museums and hospitals. With Adelaide, the zoo is also in walking distance from the Botanical Gardens. Some interesting things stand out in this city, particularly the variety of statues. There ... read more
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Holy Trinity
Lilly Pads

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Adelaide April 10th 2013

Adelaide is a great city and we are really enjoying our stay here, with so much to see and do. However, our first priority was to thoroughly clean the motorhome inside and out before exploring the local sights and attractions, as, as the saying goes, work before play! Next on the agenda was to fix our van door and a full vehicle service, ahead of our trip to Alice and Darwin and so with a clean bill of health given we can hopefully be confident that we have prepared ourselves for the long road ahead as much as possible. We ventured into Adelaide, exploring Rundle Mall and all the surrounding shops before taking the tram to Glenelg beach, Adelaide’s closest beach. Glenelg has many historic buildings plus a lovely pier which we walked along as it ... read more
Adelaide Botanic Gardens - Lily pads
The Fig Tree Walk - Botanic Gardens

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Adelaide April 5th 2013

Dagbog. Diary - det bliver på engelsk denne gang, da jeg er for doven til at skrive på dansk. Adelaide - impressions and experiences When I arrived to Adelaide on the 18th of March, I was really impressed by the city. It's a "small" city, but the infrastructure is genius: in the very middle of the city, you have the CBD (downtown) where everything is centered and in walking distance. Universities, libraries, museums, galleries, shopping streets, party streets, hostels and restaurants. You can see all the exciting things in just a few days and you can easily get out of the city aswell - all you have to do is jump on one of the free trams running 24/7. With everything worth seeing right in front of me, I was eager to get going. I visited ... read more

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Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Adelaide April 3rd 2013

The sailing to Melbourne on the Spirit of Tasmania was very smooth and we were fortunate to have excellent recliner seats with uninterrupted views at the very back of the ship. Our good friend Kyra invited us for a delicious full English breakfast at her place in Melbourne the next morning. What a treat. We then headed off to pick up our bikes from storage but unfortunately took the wrong turn and ended up travelling through the main city streets of the city in rush hour traffic! We headed out west finally and it felt good to once again be on the road on the mainland, ready to explore the new route towards Adelaide and South Australia. Pete and I are still very keen to see as much as possible of this beautiful country and just ... read more
Horse drawn transport - Victor Harbour
Mt Shank - Mt Gambier
Superb Blue Wren

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Adelaide March 28th 2013

Up early, all packed and on the road by 9am. (a nice sunny morning) We gave Geoffrey instructions to get us to Port Wakefield and he laid a path which we attemped to follow. Unfortunately, this took us through Adelaide and loads of detours due to roadworks. On part of this journey we travelled along Adelaides equivalent to Parramatra Road during peak hour. Did I mention it was also raining........bugger. We survived this, although Geoffrey has not been updated recently and did not like the detours, we were lucky in that we encountered a friendly gentleman on a harley. I know that does sound like a contridiction in terms, but it is the truth. He lead us through a maze of roadworks,detours and general crappy traffic to the other side to meet up with the freeway. ... read more

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Adelaide » North Adelaide March 19th 2013

Saa ankom jeg endelig til Adelaide! Mig og to andre - Simon og Nicola - lejede en dejlig billig lille bil og besluttede os for at koere i 5 dage langs med Australiens sydlige kyst (The Great Ocean Road og Limestone Coast). Det blev til mange hyggelige stunder med goon, billig Aldi-beer, uofficiel camping, public bbq's og en masse god musik! Vi bor alle tre i oejeblikket paa et hostel midt i centrum af Adelaide. Det er forholdsvis billigt, der er gratis "Continental breakfast" (=Toast with butter and jam) og gratis kaffe dagen lang! Udover det er det et lidt dodgy sted, hvor ejeren kaster rundt med stole og puder fordi folk ikke har ryddet op efter dem selv; en herlig morgen! Jeg har allerede siddet paa The Public State Library i et par timer nu ... read more

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Adelaide March 11th 2013

this is the end of Monday, which is a public holiday here (Adelaide Cup day) and I am doing this luxury style - on one of 3 big Imacs in the Internode free wifi test. So what happened yesterday Sunday? well late brekky of bacon and eggs and toast etc at local place near hostel which is quite reasonably priced. Got up to Womad to see the end of Vieux Farka Toure doing his geetar power trio thang. Then bit of a break then the Soweto Gospel Choir, who I actually paid money to see in Sydney once at Star Casino casino or summat. They were the expected rousing self. The a bit of the Correspondents, a local duo who fool around with sound clips and styles while one of them sorta dances on and off. ... read more

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Adelaide March 9th 2013

well time for a Womad update on evening of day 2. It started yesterday Friday but being a business day not until 6pm or so. There was a fairly long queue to get in with bag check etc. So my first musical experience was The Tallest Man on Earth, the somewhat confusingly named Swedish solo guy Kristian Mattson, mostly cos this was his only show. He maybe is going to Port Fairy folk fest which is very soon. Comparisons to Dylan as just one man and guitar, and he does sing in English natch but nothing too exciting or attractive. However the next thing was Big - Malian Basseyou Kouyate & Ngoni Bar. With his 2 sons and a cousin also on the ngoni - fretless Malian lute I guess - he is a master and ... read more




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