Wednesday afternoon we drove up to the suburbs of Adelaide and stayed in Brighton, it has a lovely beach. On Thursday we got the train into the city, as recommended by some sword weilding OAPs practising Tai Chi. We spent the moring sorting out a few things and collecting post, still nothing from Canberra! In the afternon we explored some of the city centre and surrounding botanic gardens, which had it's own vineyard and wine centre. The evening was spent at the popular beach side suburb of Glenelg eating fish and chips and icecream and waffles. Delicious.
On Friday we took the tram into the city and visited the South Australia Museum. The museum contained a display of stuffed animals from all over the world, many we had not heard of before. There was also a collection of artifacts from tribes in PNG and the Soloman Islands. As well as fossils, minerals, meteorites and a giant squid. There was also a wildlife and nature photography exhibition with some amazing photographs of Australian and New Zealand wildlife.
We then wlked over to the central markets, an amazing variety of fresh produce was on offer, all under a roof which was welcomed due to the heat outside. We had a good browse around before heading to China town for our dinner. We piled our plates high in a Singapore style food hall for $6.50 each, excelent value.
Saturday we spent exploring Port Adelaide and the National Railway Museum. The museum had an extensive collection of locomotives depicting all the eras of Australian rail travel. From trams used by private firms to side step squabbling states over standard guages, to Garrets and more modern Indian Pacific travelling from Sydney to Perth. There was also a very impressive miniature railway showing the typical layout of the Adelaide hills area, as well as a chaotic change of gauge station. There was also a 457mm gauge steam railway which circled the museum.
In the evening we went to West Beach and had an ice cream. For dinner we had Yiros because we wanted to find out what it was. It wasn't that exciting, they are just kebabs, maybe they would have tasted better after a few beers.
The next day we went to Hahndorf the oldest German town in Australia. It was a lovely town with lots of arts and crafts shops and bakeries. We stopped for some apple and custard struddle, Bienenstich, 'Beesting' cake and an asparagus quiche, which isn't really German but tasted good. After lunch we went to Mount Loffy summit where we got terrific view of the city. Then we headed back to the beach and went for a swim in the sea to cool down.
On Monday we went to the market to do some shopping. We lost track of time a bit and had to rush to get to the chocolate factory, where we had booked a tour. Luckily we got there just in time. Haigh's is the oldest family run chocolate maker in all of Australia. They make all their chocolates in one factory in Adelaide. They produce 250 products, over half of them are hand made. On the tour they explained the process of making chocolate and we saw the staff at work packing boxes, hand foil wrapping and decorating the chocolates. They also gave us lots of tasters. As the chocolate was very scrummy we decided to treat ourselves to a box. We bought an Australian selection which included macademia, lemon myrtle, quandong and wattle seed. Our favourite was the wattle seed crunch.