The McLaren Vale is one of the Adelaide’s premium wine regions, with over 120 vineyards creating countless bottles of stunning wine every year. Many of the vineyards in the McLaren Vale are traditional style vineyards with tasting rooms and cellar doors, but at d’Arenberg wines they have tried something different.
During my most recent trip to Adelaide I decided to take a step back in time and visit the worlds oldest surviving clipper ship, the City of Adelaide and discover some of the amazing history of this ship and the migrants who emigrated to Adelaide from Europe many years ago.
I first visited New York for my 22nd Birthday with family and I absolutely loved it. I just knew it would be one of those places which I would return to again and again. With that being said I don't know why 11 years have passed between this visit and my last, so I decided it was about time I returned.
Six years ago while returning from Australia I had a night stop over in Kuala Lumpur. It was only a flying visit and ever since this stop over I have wanted to return, so the easiest thing to do was to incorporate a Kuala Lumpur city break into one of my trips to Australia. So my plan was to visit for a decent amount of time on my way back from my most recent trip to Australia.
One thing which I have always wanted to do on my previous trips to Australia is to drive the Great Ocean Road. Due to my previous visits to Australia being considerably shorter than my most recent trip, I just haven't had the chance. So this was at the top of my list for my most recent trip.
With a total of 18 world-renowned wine regions in South Australia, and over 200 cellar doors all within an hour’s drive from Adelaide, it's no wonder Adelaide is one of the 10 great wine capitals of the world. The three most famous wine regions in South Australia are the Barossa, Clare Valley and the McLaren Vale.
I first visited the Great Barrier Reef 13 years ago, during my very first trip to Australia. My visit was just a day trip from Cairns to Green Island, which is a small island located about 90 minutes out to sea from Cairns. It was a wonderful experience, but I have always wanted to go back and take one of the trips to the outer reef, to see more of this truly beautiful part of the world.
After I have completed the last of my five exciting Autumn city breaks, I will be home to recharge my batteries for just two days before I jet off again, this time on a 17 week trip to Australia. I plan to spend a large chunk of my time in Adelaide, South Australia, but I also have many trips planned to other parts of Australia as well as Asia. I will be checking out some amazing destinations, and I will also be checking into some fabulous hotels, and sampling the newest premium products from British Airways and Qatar Airways. Here is just a taster of what is to come.
The South Australian city of Adelaide is known for many things, but mainly for being home to some of the best wine regions in Australia, and even the world. Adelaide is also known as the "City of Churches”. Another thing Adelaide is known for is its fantastic and diverse culinary delights. From fresh, locally caught seafood and locally grown produce, to delicious treats from Asia and beyond. Adelaide is a melting pot of different cultures. Eating in Adelaide is a tantalising experience for everyone's tastebuds.
For too long now I have wanted to lose myself in the sights, sounds and smells of Marrakech. From meandering the labyrinth of narrow streets and souks while dodging speeding mopeds and donkey drawn carts, to relaxing with a refreshing glass of mint tea while sampling some delicious local delicacies, and taking in the aromatic aromas from the souks. Marrakech, the 'Red City’ is a melting pot of cultures, cuisines and traditions, and for too long it has languished on my to-do list. The time had come to put a change to that and book a Marrakech city break.
After our scenic drive up to Miami Beach from Key West, we dropped off our hire car at Miami airport and caught a taxi to our new home for the remainder of our trip - the Grand Beach Hotel Surfside. This hotel is located in the town of Surfside, about 8 miles north from the famous South Beach.
After 6 amazing days in Walt Disney World, we checked out and left our hotel early to start our 500 mile journey to Key West. We looked at a few different routes online, but settled on the west coast route allowing us to visit Naples and the Everglades before reaching the famous U.S. Route 1, the highway to Key West. Starting in Maine, on the Canadian border, and ending at Key West, this is the longest north-south highway in the United States.
Early on our first morning, after spending the night at the Miami Sheraton, we picked up our hired car from the car hire depot across the road from the hotel, and set out on our journey to Walt Disney World Orlando. We hadn't planned to visit any of the Disney parks until the following day, so we took our time and made our way up the scenic coastal route. We started out on Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, and headed up towards Palm Beach.
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