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Wining, Dining & Shopping

Just a "hop, skip and a jump" from Adelaide is the Barossa Valley, Australia’s most famous wine producing area. It is a little part of the Rhine Valley transplanted in South Australia. It was settled by people from Prussia and Silesia in 1842 who brought their skills and customs that made the Barossa Valley what it is today. There are over 40 wineries and most are open daily 10:00am to 4:00 pm for free tasting and sales.

If you take the complete tour and you are traveling by car, be sure to keep a designated driver absolutely sober. Roads are not in top condition and I was told the Barossa Valley’s police are diligent and unforgiving when it comes to drunk driving.

There is no shortage of good restaurants with a wide variety of cuisine. They include, Korean & Japanese, Mexican, Indian, Thai, French, Mediterranean, Italian, German, American and Australian Barbeque. Adelaide boosts more restaurants per capita than any other city in Australia. And yes, they have McDonalds and Pizza Hut. We found the cost of eating out extremely reasonable, mainly due to the good exchange rate between the Australian and the US dollar.

And OH, the shopping! Everything that is funky in Adelaide usually ends up for sale in the 200 stalls at the East End Market on Rundle Street East. The Orange Lane Market is a mecca for the New Age, selling everything from antiques to crystals. Brickworks on South Road is centered around the old Brickworks kiln and offers pottery, new-age jewelry, clothing, ceramics and arts and crafts. The Central Market, between Gouger and Grote St. is the largest enclosed fresh produce market in the Southern Hemisphere.

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