Echoes in Adelaide

Echoes in Adelaide - Barossa Valley - Winery

So the time has finally come, where you get to read about Echoes in Adelaide, a photo story covering what to do when visiting Adelaide, Australia. This post kicks off the “Echoes in Australia” series (you already knew this was coming if you’re following me on Instagram). Over the next few Saturday mornings, I will be sharing a new entry for each of the cities we visited in Australia.

Echoes in Adelaide

Let me first begin by telling you how bittersweet it is for me to share our Australian experience on the blog. It’s bitter because I have a hard time dealing with the fact that our trip had to come to an end, and me wondering almost every single day, why my husband and I have not moved to Australia yet. Reviving these memories is like adding salt to a wound. Okay, that’s a little dramatic, but you get the point. On the flip side, it’s sweet because I love it so much and I am always excited to talk about this memorable journey. I’ve always had a soft corner for Australia. In fact, when my family emigrated to Canada, I was about seven years old but even at such a young age, I asked my parents why we didn’t move to Australia instead. I love you, Canada but Australia, you are something else.

Truthfully speaking, a trip to Australia was not exactly the first major vacation my husband and I had in mind. In fact, it came as a total surprise to my husband when I told him on one of his birthdays that I’d like to celebrate his next birthday there. Reason? Well, to satisfy his greatest passion in life; cricket. Australia was hosting the Cricket World Cup at the time of Karan’s birthday so it obviously made sense to travel almost 30 hours across the globe, right? Absolutely.

Adelaide is located in South Australia and happens to be one of the quieter cities in comparison to the other big ones. I feel this was a perfect start to the Australian adventure ahead of us. I’ll let the photos tell you the rest of the story.

Day 1 in Adelaide: Rundle Mall

Echoes in Adelaide

I bet you can’t tell that we just landed from a 28-hour journey. It didn’t matter to us, because we were happy to be under the burning sun, having escaped from a freezing cold winter in Toronto. We met the wonderful host at our Airbnb accommodation in Evandale, settled in quickly and hopped into a cab to meet my uncle at Rundle Mall.

Echoes in Adelaide - Rundle Mall

First things first. Picking up some fresh blooms at Rundle Mall.

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We spent some time roaming around Rundle Mall and the CBD area with my uncle. Okay, so if you aren’t familiar with this whole CBD thing, don’t worry, I was pretty lost too. CBD stands for Central Business District aka the Downtown area. We had a fun dinner and I’m glad we took the first day easy. I couldn’t wait to hit the sack and rest for a special occasion to wake up to – Valentine’s Day!

Day 2 in Adelaide: Barossa Valley Winery Tour for Valentine’s Day

Echoes in Adelaide

Ready to celebrate Valentine’s Day, even though I had no idea where we were going. Karan said to make sure I dress comfortably but he says that for any occasion, so I kind of just tune it out at times (oops). I wore this floral romper from Ya Ya & Co. and wedge sandals from Call It Spring. I completed my love day look with this gorgeous red Kate Spade bag. I sneaked in an ootd in the CBD area while we were waiting for the tour bus.

Echoes in Adelaide

We hopped on a bus and that’s when I finally figured out where he was taking me. We were going for a winery tour in Barossa Valley, which is essentially South Australia’s gorgeous wine country! I couldn’t be more excited for our day ahead.

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As a part of this tour, we stopped at The Big Rocking Horse & Toy Factory. I’m sorry, I don’t have a photo of the huge rocking horse for you, because we got distracted with our first sightings of cockatoos and kangaroos! I had a conversation with a beautiful white cockatoo while Karan had wandered off to take selfies with his new friend.

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We visited 4 wineries as a part of this guided tour. It was a dream come true. This was the first wine country both Karan and I had ever been to, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

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My favourite winery was Jacob’s Creek. These chardonnay grapes tasted so amazing, no wonder their wines tasted just right.

We got back to Adelaide in the evening and met my uncle for dinner at Jamie Oliver. Karan was beyond excited for the next day, the first cricket match in the World Cup; India vs. Pakistan. Him and my uncle had their fair share of cricket talk over yet some more wine and I can’t lie, I was pretty excited as well. After dinner, we met with our friends from Toronto who had also flown in to watch a few cricket matches. We loved spending time together and oh, insider tip: go to bars in hostels to find incredibly well priced pitchers of beer. Thank me later.

Day 3 in Adelaide: Cricket Match at Adelaide Oval

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Adelaide Oval is a beauty. She isn’t the biggest cricket stadium, but she is definitely a loved one. It was an incredible experience to watch cricket live at this stadium. Normally, I would not be a fan of spending an entire day watching the same game, but this day just flew by. It was also incredible to experience this with our friends from Toronto.

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Karan and I, showing our love for Team India. The stadium was a sea of blue and well, do I even need to say who the winner was? Love you, Team India.

The atmosphere was insane and it didn’t end at the stadium. Once the game had finished, the streets were packed and so lively. The best part? The smile on Karan’s face the entire time. Man, I’m gonna have a hard time beating this birthday experience in the future.

Day 4 in Adelaide: Glenelg Beach

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We decided to spend our last day in Adelaide by relaxing at Glenelg Beach. It was a beautiful day and the vibes here were incredible.

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Life on the jetty.

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Life under the jetty.

 

Echoes in Adelaide - Glenelg Beach - Hopscotch

This hopscotch marking got me so nostalgic of my childhood and if you’re wondering, yes, I played a game (or two).

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We caught this serene sunset at the beach. There couldn’t have been a sweeter goodbye to Adelaide.

As always, I hope you enjoyed reading the first of my Echoes in Australia series. If you’re planning a trip to Adelaide, ask me your questions in the comments below or via email.

Next up: Sydney.

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17 Comments

  1. January 18, 2016 / 12:39 pm

    This trip looks so fun!! I’m really loving the views you are sharing!! xoxo

  2. January 18, 2016 / 1:30 pm

    Wow I loved following you on your journey, looking forward to the next post!

    • January 26, 2016 / 5:28 pm

      Thank you so much, Mayra 🙂 The next post is live! I hope you enjoy reading.

  3. January 18, 2016 / 8:38 pm

    Wow! This is amazing, thank you for sharing! I love your blog!

    • January 26, 2016 / 5:29 pm

      Thanks doll!! Love your blog as well and the recent LTKI feature 😉

  4. January 18, 2016 / 8:42 pm

    I feel the same way about Greece!!!We spent 2 months there last year, I don’t get why we haven’t moved yet (well, excepting he’s military….). Loved this and can’t wait for more! Hugs, Kait
    http://makeminemaroon.com/

    • January 18, 2016 / 8:44 pm

      Thank you! And oh my goodness, Greece for 2 months?! That’s incredible. Have you blogged about it? I’d love to read all about it.

  5. January 18, 2016 / 8:49 pm

    what a get away! you travel stylishly my dear. loved the part where you had a conversation with a cockatoo which Karan took selfies. LOL. hilar. seriously had me rolling. xoxo,

    janna | http://www.jannadoan.com

    • January 26, 2016 / 5:30 pm

      Janna, you are always so kind. Thank you so much and I’m so glad I could entertain you a little, haha 🙂

  6. Ruthie
    January 19, 2016 / 5:03 am

    What an incredible experience! I love how you broke down each day! I felt like I was there with you. You looked amazing every step of the way! xo

    • January 26, 2016 / 5:31 pm

      Thank you so much my dear. I feel like I have accomplished my goal if a reader feels they are by my side through my experiences. Hope you’re having a wonderful day.

  7. January 20, 2016 / 1:34 pm

    What a unbelievable experience, and how awesome of a lady you are to suggest such a trip, knowing that your man’s biggest passion is cricket. I think that’s super amazing 🙂

    Jenn | http://www.thisjenngirl.com

  8. January 20, 2016 / 9:59 pm

    Australia is on my dream trip list! Sydney to be exact is the first place I would like to visit there so I’m super excited to see how your time was visiting for the next part of the series! Love the pictures! You and your husband are super cute! Thanls for sharing!

    • January 26, 2016 / 5:32 pm

      Kristen, thank you so much and you must absolutely make this dream trip happen!! Sydney is live, do check it out 🙂

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