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Published: February 12th 2018
Another cruisey day in more ways than one! We departed from the central bus terminal again, we know it pretty well by now, setting off for Mannum. Cheryl, our driver, filled us in on the roads, government and road rules along the way, as well as historical tidbits. She explained that the parks around Adelaide (laid out by Colonel William Light) are not only the lungs of the city, but are wider than a musket ball shot, so that if there was an attempt at invasion, no one within the CBD could be hurt.
We arrived at Mannum and were taken directly to the Proud Mary riverboat. It actually started a four day tour last night, and while the tourists were on a shore excursion today it was filled with our coach load plus some “walk-ons”. We had a 2 hour cruise on the river, incorporating both morning coffee and lunch. It was lovely sitting upstairs under the canopy in the fresh air watching the river go by. The biggest excitement though, was when a man, older than us, accidentally ate some seafood in the seafood salad and had an anaphylactic reaction!! He didn’t have an epi-pen on him. They
somehow stabilised him and then put him and his wife in their extra runabout, took him to shore then he was off to hospital.
After the cruise we went up to a lovely lookout above the town. Cheryl told us how the dairy farmers are no longer allowed to use the flood plains unless they put a lot of money into effluent control of the runoff into the river. At Mannum they have large pipes and pumps that draw water up into bigger pipes that transport it all the way to Adelaide. She took us back down to the town so we could explore their old wares shops, have a coffee or ice cream, buy souvenirs or even just catch the ferry across the river and back.
Back into the coach and our next stop was a chocolate factory. A huge chocolate factory in what used to be a blanket factory at Woodside, in the Onkaparinga Valley. Tom was pleased and impressed - he does love his chocolate! And I found some licorice allsorts and choc coated coffee beans. Back onto the coach and back to Adelaide where we wandered around Chinatown (1 block away from our apartment)
and bought some takeaway to take back and enjoy with our Black Sheep red blend from Lambert’s that we bought yesterday.
Incidentals along the way:
* east coast people are looked down upon and referred to as convicts
* Tom bought a small tube of toothpaste for us to take away and then later realised it’s for 4-6 year olds and it tastes like bubblegum
* We met a lovely couple from Perth on the ferry from KI who also love Silversea cruises and travelling. They’d just got off the Ghan and gave us some tips for travelling on it
* our first hotel here that we stayed in was built in 1850
* our current accommodation is a 2 bedroom apartment with a kitchen with dishwasher (and detergent), and a washing machine (and detergent) and drier in the bathroom - very handy. Oh, and a vending machine downstairs with milk in it.
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