Return to Adelaide

4 -6 July 2018

After a few days on Kangaroo Island we returned to Adelaide. We first visited Adelaide in September as part of our epic road trip into the Red Center. With some experience in the area we decided to stay in Glenelg, a suburb on the coast with a direct tram to Adelaide’s city center. We spent the first day enjoying Glenelg and recovering from a rough Kangaroo Island ferry ride across choppy seas.

Rested and feeling better we spent the next day at some of our favorite places in Adelaide, starting of course at Central Market.  I did not spend too much time taking pictures in the city since we had been here before.  They are posted at Adelaide (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Gardens and Museum) and Glenelg.

The highlight of our return visit was supposed to be Mount Lofty and Waterfall Gully. We did enjoy them both but fog limited our views of the city from Mount Lofty and wet weather prevented us from hiking the Waterfall Gully trail. It was a risk we took coming during winter.

Despite questionalbe weather during both our visits, we rather liked Adelaide. It might not be a tourist hot spot but certainly a nice place to raise a family.

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Waterfall Gully

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Kangaroo Island – Part 2

1 – 4 July 2018

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On our second day we explored the more populated eastern side of the island including American River, Kingscote and Penneshaw. Kingscote is the main population center of the island but it did not offer much charm. We enjoyed our time in the much smaller town of Penneshaw. The highlight of the day was our drive down a dirt road to the lighthouse on Cape Willoughby. As we walked the sea coast trail a group of grey kangaroos followed us and kept an eye on us from a safe distance.

Kangaroo Island was a nice place to relax for a few days. I don’t think any of us would rank it in our top 10 Aussie places to visit but it is definitely worth a visit when in South Australia.

Cape Willoughby

Penneshaw’s Frenchman’s Rook, Coastline, and Colorful Sunrises and Sunsets

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Kangaroo Island – Part 1

1 – 4 July 2018

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Kanagaroo Island is a well known holiday spot in Australia. If you Google ‘top tourist sights in Australia’, you will find it on many top lists. Kangaroo Island is on the southern tip of South Australia, about a 90 minute drive south of Adelaide and a 45 minute ferry ride from Cape Jervis. We stayed in Penneshaw where the ferry docks since we were arriving late on the first night and leaving early a few days later. Penneshaw is a town of less than 300 residents but it has all the basics, a grocery store, a few restaurants, petrol station and post office. We had two full days to see as much of the island as we could.

On our first day we drove to the west side of the island to Flinders Chase National Park and worked our way back east. Some of the island’s most popular attractions are on the southwestern corner including Cape du Couedic Lighthouse, Admirals Arch, Weirs Bay, and Remarkable Rocks. Beside the rock formation itself, Admiral Arch is a great place to see fur seals sunbathing on the rocks. Following the southern route we stopped at Vivonne Bay Jetty and Point Ellen before returning to Penneshaw for the evening sunset.

Cape du Couedic Lighthouse, Admirals Arch and the Seals

Weirs Bay

Remarkable Rocks

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Singapore – Part 6, Gardens by the Bay & Marina Bay Sands

9 – 14 June 2018

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The highlight of our visit to Singapore was Gardens by the Bay and Marina Bay Sands.

In a city full of architectural gems and oddities, Marina Bay Sands has become the city’s single most iconic structure. The complex is a hotel, casino, convention center and shopping mall. Built by Las Vegas Sands, the MBS is as over-the-top as any casino in Vegas. We really enjoyed the sound and light show each night.

Marina Bay Sands

Gardens by the Bay is like nothing we’ve seen before. It is billed as a nature park but there is little natural about it. The park’s main attractions are Flower Dome, Cloud Forest and Supertree Grove. Flower Dome and Cloud Forest are massive greenhouse enclosures. Supertree Grove is made up of huge tree-like structures with a skywalk and is the center piece of a free music and light show each night. It was our favorite attraction in Singapore, truely memorable.

Gardens by the Bay

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Singapore – Part 5, Sentosa Island

9 – 14 June 2018

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Besides being the location of the Nuclear Summit, Sentosa Island is a popular resort island with plenty of family fun. Activities include Universal Studios theme park, Resorts World, Adventure Cove Waterpark, SEA Aquarium, golf courses, and beaches. We spent portions of three days on Sentosa including our last day at Universal.

Siloso Beach and Skyline Luge

Universal Studios Singapore

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Singapore – Part 4, Nuclear Summit

9 – 14 June 2018

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Singapore was buzzing with excitement about the Nuclear Summit between the United States and North Korea. We found U.S. and North Korean flags welcoming visitors at hotels and restaurants. Ironically when we planned our trip to Asia, we originally wanted to visit South Korea but at the height of tensions in the region we changed them to Singapore.

The day before the summit, we went to Sentosa Island to see the media circus. In the evening while walking along the marina to Gardens by the Bay we saw many of the world media outlets including CNN’s Anderson Cooper. On our walk back to the hotel we saw a dramatic increase in security. Unbeknownst to us, Kim Jong-un took a tour of the area and was only moments behind us. Here is a picture at the same flower display in Flower Dome taken only 90 minutes apart.

Pictures at Flower Dome and Security

CNN Media Coverage

The day of the summit, we returned to Sentosa Island to see the activity surrounding the summit. We got about 500 meters from the Capella before meeting the security line where we waited to see the motorcades, only getting a brief glimpse of the North Korean officials. Regardless of political opinion, it was interesting to be there during the historic event.

Security on Sentosa Island

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Singapore – Part 3, Heart of the Merlion

9 – 14 June 2018

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The cultural heart of the city includes the center of government, museums, and Fort Canning Park.

Across the Singapore River is the Singapore’s beloved symbol, the Merlion. The mythical creature, half fish and half lion, represents the city’s original name’s meaning ‘lion city’ and its history as a fishing port. We found them all over town including Sentosa Island, Mount Faber, Universal Studios, and most famously the fountain at the mouth of Singapore River. Its even on their one dollar coin.

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