By the way... My serviced apartment had a luggage storage service, that means you can check out, but leave your luggage with them while you take a last look around (or whatever) and come back to get your luggage when you're done. When booking your accommodation, this service is usually listed along with the other facilities/ services that they offer. If it's not listed, most would probably be happy to do this for you if you ask. I was so glad this was available.
I hopped a bus back to the Central Market and cut through the market to get to Gouger Street and find The Mars Bar. It's the only LGBT bar in Adelaide. Due to the early hour, it was closed. But that was fine, because I just love the name of the place and I wanted a photo outside. From the outside, it was a bit of a let down. Something tells me, it is a whole lot different at night.
|Lacey got legless at the Mars Bar!! LOL|
As you can see, I snapped a few photos then meandered back towards the Market. I took a photo of the Chinese restaurant that my Uncle had recommended... it was closed too. I grabbed a hot pastry from one of the lovely bakeries at The Central Markets.
The Fortune Duck on Gouger St, apparently does huge serves.
I was a bit reluctant to eat there as I knew I would end up wasting food.
I hopped on a bus back to my hotel, retrieved my luggage and had a good old chat to the concierge (before you get excited, SHE was more of a 20-something kindred spirit, as we bonded over favourite Disney movies and books). I hopped back on the bus to the airport. That was sad.
Adelaide Airport does its job well and is a lovely small space, in comparison to Sydney or even Brisbane. They have a few specialty shops and restaurants. I stopped by Smiggle to buy some pens on sale. They have a South Australia Icons store that sells everything from Barossa Valley wine, Beerenberg Jams, Haigh's Chocolates and more. The selection is small compared to going to the real thing, but would be a perfect place to pick up some last minute souvenirs. I visited a specialty chocolate shop (I can't remember the name), that is quite popular in Adelaide (not Haigh's), and finally located a chocolate peanut butter truffle. I have a friend who loves this combination, so I bought one for him. I also had one last gelato before I boarded the plane. It was delicious!
The flight home was uneventful. The family greeted me at home and we had a rather noisy dinner. Shelly planted herself squarely on my suitcase in a rather obvious protest against my leaving for so long.
Then, that was that.
Oh Adelaide, How I miss you!
See you all next week. When I will update you on all the goings on around here, since I arrived home. Which was almost six weeks ago. So sad.