Helen and Doug's Round the World Trip travel blog

The River

The town hall

Adelaide has a great reputation as an almost utopian city with tree-lined streets, hundreds of churches, a thriving cafe culture and liberated attitude. We haven't really discovered this. Perhaps we don't know where to look, but the city as a whole has a totally different ambience to what we expected, it seems almost like Asia. It's far dirtier than Perth or Melbourne and strangely more people seem to smoke here than any of the other cities. The streets are full of people, traffic and far more advertising than we've seen in other places, it's just not an attractive city. Except for North Terrace where all the old buildings are, and the lovely Botantic Gardens it is a bit of a let down.

We had trouble finding accommodation and ended up staying near numerous strip clubs in a rundown old place, it was slightly dodgy walking home last night past the scary bouncers and fights! There was a fair bit of nightlife for a Sunday though so hopefully we'll have a better experience tonight. We spent today walking around the city not really doing much. We visited the National Wine Centre where we learned a bit about how they make the wine all around the country which was interesting. We also walked through the Botanic Gardens and along the river. We went to the famous Rundle Street for lunch but it was a poor cousin to Fremantle's Cappuchino Strip or Melbourne's Lygon Street so we ended up in Subway.

We should be back in Melbourne by the end of this week which we are both looking forward to, it still remains our favourite city in Australia and will be a bit like a homecoming.

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