Brighton, lofty, harbor, wine
20.11.2012 - 20.11.2012 37 °C
(Note from the future - Day 66 - sorry for the delay in updates we are having wifi nightmares)
You never really know how much beer you are going to get when you order beer in Australia. It seems each state has its own take on sizes. South Australia has a 200ml (7oz) 'butcher'...hardly worth going to the bar to order in my view. Then there are 3 main beer sizes, 'schooners' at 285ml (10oz), called 'pots' or 'middies' elsewhere in Aus. The 425ml (15oz) 'pints', called 'schooners' elsewhere, and then finally 568ml (20oz) 'imperial pints'.....proper pints. It's all very confusing. They do however serve most beers with a frosted glass. Very nice.
Our first stop today is Hahndorf, Australia's oldest surviving German settlement. Placed under martial law during WW1 and its name changed to Ambleside, it's now a nice but quite obviously touristy place.
Being up in the Adelaide Hills is nice, especially on a day like today's 37 degreer (?). The view over Adelaide and the Gulf St Vincent from Mount Lofty Lookout is quite something, but it looks hot down there and that is where we are heading.
Back in the city we couldn't resist a picture of one of the many streets lined with jacaranda (sorry....I mentioned them yesterday, but they really are beautiful). The city is alive with them and we've been lucky enough to be here when the are in full flower.
We can't resist the temptation to visit Brighton and Hove whilst we are here. Actually, the whole city is made up of names you'd recognise. Mitcham, Clapham, Piccadilly, Camden, Richmond, Fulham, Highbury and many others. I think you get the idea. Brighton here though turns out to be similar to Brighton back home only in name. It has a pier (jetty), a beach, and is a recognised bolt hole from the big city, but that is about it.
The primary difference is that they are blessed with sand and nice weather, the combination of which makes the whole place feel worlds apart from the Brighton I know. And love.
Bidding farewell to Brighton for another two weeks or so we head South down into the Fleurieu Peninsular and the wine country of McLaren Vale. Sadly with 2 kids in tow its hard to take full advantage of the fabulous wines they produce here. We have to be satisfied with a brief glimpse and a passing picture of the beautiful vineyards.
We chose to spend the night in Victor Harbor, grabbing some time in the pool and feeling at last like we are back on the move. I felt like we got a bit stuck in Adelaide. Maybe I'm becoming a gypsy. Talking with everyone we meet there are lots of ideas about how we should complete our trip to Melbourne. It's difficult to know what to do, but its clear we have too little time to do it.
We think Robe will be tomorrow's stopover but have already had 3 conflicting recommendations for the 3 campsites there. Do we choose the old lady in the Visitor Centre here who said stay near the beach, the posh couple we met at the pool who said stay in the town (near the beach) or the drunk we ended up talking to who had just jet washed his dog, who suggested staying on the lake. We will let you know.
Once again technology is a let down. Promised a wifi connection here it seems things aren't working as they should and we remain out of contact. With the time difference as it is there is such a small window in which to FT or Skype. Will try again when we get chance.