Saturday, March 19, 2022

Adelaide 3 Shivering, Sauerkraut and a watering can

I forgot to mention it but after leaving Glenelg we left the tram at Gouger Street and spent some time wandering the Adelaide Market. We had a cool drink before parting with G.


We had terrific weather in Adelaide. It was not too hot and never cold, except...

We caught the train to Mitcham Station near where our friend was staying. I believe the Belair train is the last line Adelaide to not be electrified. The journey of twenty or so minutes was in a nice and and super clean train and there was little to note, except we passed by the Journey Beyond train maintenance depot. The old Overland Aboriginal named carriages were all there. 

I have recently heard there is a world wide shortage of shipping containers. I can tell you, there are thousands of them in western Melbourne noted by me as we travelled through the area by train. Likewise, there are hundreds of railway carriages and locomotives sitting in train yards. Why? They will never be used again. Why not send them off for scrap to be recycled?

G picked us up from the station and we headed up the steep and curvy freeway before turning off to the historic German town Hahndorf. We walked along the main street and stupid tourists did not check what the temperature would be in Hahndorf with its higher elevation. We were all in short sleeves and freezing with a temperature of 12 degrees, feels like 8. We spied an op shop where we might buy a cheap jacket, but it was closed with a sign jackets and coats are in high demand. Please donate if you can. The high demand probably comes from stupid tourists like us. 

We pressed on. Hahndorf is a delight, with so many places to eat, historical buildings and all kinds of things of interest. The trees were just starting to turn to their autumn reds and golds. 

Easy and stress free travel on the Belair train.

Nope, not enough arm leaning room at the window.

Mitcham Station had a number of historic posters.

Clean and neat. Nice.

Absolutely beautiful stonework.

Autumn colours appearing. 

This place looks ok for some grub.

Sausages and sauerkraut in a bread roll with seed mustard. Very nice, great service, good coffee and not tourist prices. 

After eating we felt much warmer and the wind had dropped. We no longer needed jackets. We stopped off at a lolly shop. R bought two packets, one being bananas and I can't remember the other. I bought  chocolate covered scorched almonds. My almonds lasted days. R's sweets did not. 

We went on to a junk yard with some rather interesting items, including the wing of an aeroplane. 

Ah, a Canadian province. G bought an old galvanised metal watering can for $30. He called his brother's boyfriend who told him, saleable in Victoria for $80. 

So cute.

Linke House, the original building being constructed in 1839 by a German immigrant. 

The steep freeway would have been the quickest way to drive to Mount Lofty, but we took a circuitous route. I don't think we have been to Mount Lofty before and its botanical garden was amazing.

A couple having a picnic. She is facing the best views while he is preoccupied with his phone.

Even after allowing for daylight saving, should we notify the staff replanting a garden bed that the sun dial is wrong. I think user error.

Sadly no water over the spillway.

Unbeknown to us G had brought along a thermos of hot water and some coffee and tea, along with a large apple danish. The danish was divided into three and we all had tea under supervision by this hopeful magpie with a taste for apple danish. 

We descended back to town on the freeway. At times truck brakes fail and there are a couple of run off points full of sand which will bring them to a stop.

We had a pleasant dinner at the friendly pub across from our hotel. G joined us again, initially for happy hour drinks at our hotel. The Black Bull has been here since it was first a tent erected on the site in the 1830s. 

  Not a late night...we never have late nights now.

Friday, March 18, 2022

Thanks Volvo

We may buy a new car this year, but I am not sure I want a Volvo with a steering wheel on the wrong side of the car as I saw in photos. Volvo shows no respect to me as a citizen of Australia by showing me at a car that is quite inappropriate for our roads and could cause me to crash.

Doesn't Volvo Australia have a techie work experience lad who could photoshop the steering wheel onto the correct side of the car for prospective down under customers. Bah to Volvo.

The planned Adelaide

Like Melbourne, as you can see from the map Adelaide is a planned city with mostly wide streets in a grid pattern. The spine King William Street, the main tram street, runs north south though the middle and the cross streets all change their names at King William Street. 

Adelaide City and North Adelaide were planned by the Surveyor-General of South Australia Colonel William Light with the survey completed in 1837. The bulge in King William Street is Victoria Square and another to note is Light Square off Currie Street.

Adelaide is very easy to get around by foot for the fit as it is almost completely flat, as are many of the areas to the south and west. Part of the design of the city was that it would be surrounded by parklands and as you can see, the plan went ahead. Wonderful!

This was our third visit to Adelaide and I suppose we have done all the tourist stuff but we have never been to North Adelaide. I've never felt a need to. We stayed in Hindley Street which across King William Street becomes Rundle Mall. More on the mall in the next Adelaide post. Hindley Street is the highlighted street on the left near the top of of city area.

Thursday, March 17, 2022

Adelaide 2 Glenelg and the Casino

I haven't mentioned this yet but our country Victorian friend who seems to shadow us when we are on holidays drove to Adelaide with his caravan and stayed in the less than satisfactory caravan park in the suburb of Mitcham. While he wasn't particularly happy with the park, it was heavily booked and he left Adelaide the day before us.

I had puzzled over paying for public transport in Adelaide. As Seniors we are entitled to free public transport off peak and we would only be travelling off peak, but yet we still needed a Metrocard? Our friend who arrived a day earlier went to the tourist information centre and there he was told an interstate tourist visitor can get a two week off peak free ticket. G caught the train to Adelaide Station and we met up and we collected our free public transport tickets at the Town Hall visitor centre in Pirie Street. The tickets are small and have to be inserted into machines and gate machines. You won't get freebies like that in Melbourne although there are bargains to be had for Senior tourists.

I didn't say anything to the helpful person who served us, but yeah yeah, I know there are short running trams in King William Street and to make sure we caught a tram showing Glenelg. With variations of tram running and different routes, I think it is time Adelaide uses route numbers.

The tram trip was pleasant enough on one of the original new Adelaide trams. That would be one that initially had people fainting on board because of poor air conditioning. The air con was upgraded and heat stroke onboard ceased to be an issue. Buying cheap can cost you more in the long term.

In the early1980s we caught a tram like this to Glenelg. Photo from St Kilda Tram Museum. H Class I think with two coupled together.

These were phased out by 2006, replaced by the tram we caught to Glenelg. Since then, two new models have come into service as the tram system was extended. 

You will not see a building like this in Melbourne. Fabulous!

A fail on on window ledge arm rest test and a terrible fail with an external advertising window.

Glenelg looking as wonderful as ever.

Our tram at the terminus, ready for its return journey to the city. We lunched outdoors at a super trendy outdoor cafe. I faced out to see people passing by and barely glimpsed our stunningly hot waiter. R and G were metaphorically fanning themselves when he was at our table.

My goodness, the Stamford Grange is a big place. I wonder what it costs to stay there?

The delightful Town Hall. 

Only people my age would call this a Ferris wheel. 

The pier is not too long.

Thinking of Blackpool in England.

The beach cleaning appliance has been busy. Generally our beaches don't get littered but seaweed needs to be cleaned away.

Returning from the pier. 

Stamford Hotel to your left. Note the apartment block centre. What would one of those with sea views cost? 

A swimming group. 

Swimming group heading back 

These oversized deck chairs amused us greatly and many silly photos were taken. They are large enough to sit three across. It was impossible for me to look svelte for my DeMille photo moment in a chair as R yelled suck your guts in. It was a hoot to see G trying to get out of a chair. I thought it was a guy and girl when we offered to take a photo of them in a chair but sitting shortly away as they rose, I realised they were two girls, undoubtedly wearers of sensible shoes. 

We pondered the cost of a trip on the Ferris wheel. We all guessed between $20 and $30. But no, for Seniors, $10. For once I insisted and it was good. 

A nice promotional muriel.

Spotted on the way back.

Hmm, so you can't take Kangaroo Island honey to Kangaroo Island.

Wandering along an arcade.

The hotel corridor to our room.

The terminus for Adelaide suburban trains. 

In behind the hotel is Adelaide Casino and R wanted to make some money from gambling machines. He failed but I won $15. 

We had a drink at the Sol (o in Sol has a thingie above it, but I can't be bothered)  Rooftop Bar with stunning views. Meals are only served there later in the week.

The River Torrens flows past the casino, and of course we are in blogger River's hometown. 

Truly, up to now, we were finding Adelaide to be a stunning and vibrant city and I am pleased we stayed in the city itself this time. While my city of Melbourne is visibly affected by Covid with many empty shops, not so in thriving Adelaide. While no longer compulsory at home now, mask wearing indoors in shops etc still is there. Outdoor mask wearing was mixed, much as at home. Some public gathering and dancing rules were dropped at the end of our visit, so we were out drinking and dancing at a bar until 2am. 

We went down to find some food, neither of us really hungry and again had some chicken and chips. We were quite whacked by this stage and it was back to the hotel for some sleep. What will we do tomorrow?