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Monday, May 18, 2015

Adelaide Holiday - Day 7 (Part 2) and Day 8 (final day)

Day 7 (part 2)

After Carrick Hill, we drove back to Adelaide town center. Made a stop at Haigh's Chocolate Factory @ Greenhill Road. Too bad we missed the last chocolate factory tour.  What to do...just go to the chocolate shop loh.

Haigh's Chocolate Shop
Plenty of chocolate selection! Not exactly cheap tho. 
We were about to walk-off then discovered a section called "Chocolate Seconds" i.e. slightly imperfect chocs (eg: chipped off at side, broken bars) at discounted rates.  Whoo hooo!!!  We happily chose chocs from that section  :-) 

After Haigh's, we set the GPS to our hotel for the final night of the holiday.

Tonsley Hotel
After staying at the lovely apartment at Lady Bay Links, this hotel room was of course very different. Basic (but clean) small room with 2 single beds and 1 double bed, no cooking facilities. Pretty pricey too, at AUD 130 a night, booked via Agoda. 
We counted our blessings that we managed to stay at Lady Bay Links under the Marriott Vacation Club package!

We didn't stay the last night at Lady Bay Links partly due a silly mistake on our part. Booked 7 nights (fixed block) at the apartment, then booked the return flight based on 7 nights from departure date. But forgot that departure was just before midnight!!  So effectively, we missed out the first night at the apartment, and didn't have a place for the last night of our holiday. Bummer!  But then again, maybe it was for the better cos by flying out on Friday night instead of Thursday night, the girls didn't have to miss school (ok, mebbe that's just us consoling ourselves. hehe) 

Anyway, we rested a while at the hotel, then drove to Glenelg for dinner. (no more cooking facilities). Pretty near the hotel but what was totally UNEXPECTED was the difficulty in getting a parking slot on a Friday night! Gosh, we ended up circling the place for close to an hour before resorting to paying something like AUD 10 per hour at a premium parking zone. Grrr!  Ok, in hindsight, we should have just parked at the premium zone when we got there. 

Dinner at Outback Jacks 

My pork platter 
Nice but nothing great  

Girls were engrossed with the colouring packs 

We walked around Glenelg a little then headed back to the hotel to complete our final packing. We were about the sleep when we got a call from our neighbour that our home had been burgled!!  Aaarghhh!!  What a shocker!  3 men were spotted jumping into the compound. Further checks revealed they tried knocking the glass panel but didn't manage to enter, probably scared off cos my opposite neighbour got suspicious when our dog barked continuously (poor dog was cordoned-off to under the washing machine) and drove his car to our gate area.

Day 8
Nothing much for Day 8 since we had to return our rented car by 10am. (since we collected the car at 10am on Day 1. If not for the car restriction, we would have to be at the airport by 11+ anyway. No point paying extra for just that one hour).  We managed to squeeze in a last round of grocery shopping before we left though. Bought chocolates!

Bye Bye Car!  Our faithful companion throughout the 8 day holiday

Final photo of the holiday

Goodbye Adelaide!!  We'll be back one day!
It was really an easy paced, free-n-easy holiday for us. There was no wi-fi at Lady Bay Links which took a while to get used to. But when we went to the free wi-fi zone near Rundle Mall in Adelaide town and hubby's phone went "Peet" " Peet" "Peet" continuously with incoming messages and he started replying them, I realised,  "Hey, it is really good to be disconnected after all"!
Really loved the time we spent together as a family.  :-)
*finally I'm done with Adelaide posts, 2 months after our holiday. hehe*

1 comment:

Ai Sakura said...

it really is nice to go without any distractions from our phones sometime.. Thinking of not bringing mine on our short getaway this weekend too :P