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Published: February 8th 2018
Wow - what a day! We started at 3.15am when the alarm went off. This is the beauty of these super cheap flights -they are either early early or late late. And you can pack so much more into your day when you’re up with the sparrows! 🤣
So breakfast first and off we go. We took Crikey (the little blue Merc A) down to Blue Emu car park and then we continued on to the airport. Time for a coffee. When we got to the Tiger Lounge a lady in a Darth Vader cloak asked ever so nicely if she could weigh our cabin luggage (which we knew was heavier than allowed) and then told us we would have to be upgraded to Cabin Baggage +, for a fee of about $30. Well, my ”careful with his money” husband was quite miffed, to the point where he almost appointed himself as a spotter of overweight luggage for Tiger Lady. We eventually boarded and had an uneventful flight to Adelaide, particularly enjoying the scenery over Warragamba, the mountains, and the Riverina with its irrigation channels.
First stop at Adelaide airport was to get our complimentary senior’s card (and she
didn’t even ask for proof 😞), so we can travel on public transport in non-peak times, for free. We then found our transfer driver and he took us to our hotel, which is just across the road from the bus station.
Tonight’s accommodation is a boutique hotel, an old pub, and it was only 11.30am, but the nice little man from Dublin who seemed to be in charge of the bar let us sign in, and also upgraded us. We were pleased to be able freshen up -it was actually 1/2 hour later by Sydney time. Unfortunately we can’t get the door of our room to stay closed, so we locked our luggage and hoped for the best. this is Adelaide, not Sydney, and there are two locked doors downstairs to get through first. So - we freshened up and headed off to Coles first stop, to buy cereal for tomorrow’s breakfast. Then off to the tram stop to catch a tram in the general direction of the Art Gallery. March would be a better time to visit, when they have some impressionist paintings on exhibit. We did, however, see a wonderful E Phillips Fox, a bronze casting by
Rodin, a few Hans Heysens and a wonderful painting by someone called Johnstone.
After the art gallery we got back on the tram and headed out to Glenelg where we wandered around the jetty, and then sat in the bar of the Grand Stamford, soaking up the gorgeous view and rehydrating ourselves in this heat. We decided to stay on there and ordered ourselves some dinner - beaut barramundi and a gorgeous salad with not a single leaf of rocket! And Chandon to wash it down. Aaaaah. Then the tram back into Adelaide to our hotel for showers to cool down. Early night after our early morning and tomorrow’s early morning too.
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