La Dolce Vita in Adelaide

 Some Facts and Impressions
The colony of South Australia was created by free settlers
One of the founding fathers abducted an heiress, which landed him in gaol in the UK
The indigenous population is better integrated into the society here
The river and the foreshores are peaceful and flora and fauna abound
There is a wonderful Arts Centre here
You can catch trams all around the city for free
You can engage in the art of “flaner” here (I learnt to do this in Paris): That is, wander around the place and discover charming and surprising phenomena at every turn

From an Article in the Advertiser while I was in Adelaide: May 19, 2009 

SOUTH Australia is a state where life is uniquely celebrated and “immeasurably sweet”, says Governor-General Quentin Bryce. She told a reception to honour the state’s volunteers this morning that she had fond memories of coming to an early Festival of Arts in Adelaide, not long after the first event in 1960, and said South Australians had a generous talent for living.‘”Food and wine, art and performance – all flourish here, all are given their proper place,” she said.“They find expression, too, in the Adelaide Festival of the Arts, Australia’s premier cultural event, and a vivacious, extravagant showcase of what you do best here–la dolce vita.”

Glenelg on the Great Australian Bight:  The Birthplace of the Colony: You can take a tram south to this beach-side locality in twenty minutes.  It is very flat and there are a lot of retirees, many using motorised chairs. There is a jetty reaching far out into the sea, where local fishermen sit and cast their lines out, and people promenade. The sea is flat and shallow for a long way out and you can see the sandy bottom. You can take long walks along the foreshores or forage in the many boutiques and tourist shops that line the main boulevard for kilometres.

Serendipity:  Old-style sweets shops like Blackeye’s, below, and the Haig Chocolate shop, are famous in Adelaide. And I stumbled upon the best Health food shop I have ever seen anywhere.
Victoria Square Fountain with Statues: Aboriginal figurines; and the two flags in the background: A lovely contrast with the more traditional Queen Victoria Statue on another corner.
Rundle Street Mall where all the pigs have individual personalities and names: Truffles, Horatio, Augusta and Oliver.
On the river walk, I came across this doggy drinking trough, which made me think of my little dog back home. And black swans on the river are very tame, beautiful and healthy-looking

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