Day One of the 2019 A-Z Challenge which I am participating in during the month of April. The challenge is to post six days a week, Sunday respite or catching up with other participants and their posts. Each of the twenty-six days represents a letter of the alphabet and while each post stands alone they form part of a loose theme reflecting our retirement trip around Australia.
28th February – 14th March 2019
Recently, I wrote about the excitement Melbourne evoked with its swanky art hub and hipster vibe. It would be easy to feel overwhelmed trying to absorb inner city delights. It was great and we loved our Big Day Out. But … we’ve moved on and here we are in Adelaide.
Adelaide is artsy and swanky and every bit as hipster as its big sister with one important difference. It exudes a calm that Melbourne has missed. It’s population is smaller (1.3 million), costs 21% less to live in and has a parkland-border that runs around three sides of the CBD, so plenty of open space.
Rundle Mall is home to a bronze sculpture of a group of life-sized pigs, officially known as ‘A Day Out’ by Marguerite Derricourt.
The four pigs – Truffles (the standing pig), Horatio (the sitting pig), Oliver (the pig at the bin) and Augusta (the trotting pig) – are depicted in lively poses as if they were walking the street, greeting shoppers, and sniffing out a bargain.
They were commissioned by the Adelaide City Council as part of the final phase of the last upgrade of Rundle Mall.
The group sculpture was unveiled by the former Lord Mayor, Dr Jane Lomax-Smith, on 3 July 1999. A public competition was run to name the pigs.
Source: Rundle Mall Pigs
We are huge fans of Jamie Oliver’s TV shows so a peek inside one of his restaurants was a must particularly as we walked right passed it in the centre of the city. Prices were reasonable and the Italian flavours on offer had our mouths watering. Unfortunately the restaurant was not “open” for a meal when we popped in. Still, it was interesting to see inside one of our favourite chef’s establishments and right on our doorstep – in a manner of speaking.
The photos above were taken on our day trip into the city. With so much on offer in the region one day would not have done justice to all the city has to showcase. We were in the area for two weeks staying at the Belair National Park from where we commuted by train into the city. The Adelaide Festival, Fringe and WOMADelaide ran concurrently giving us plenty to see and do at a number of quirky venues around the town … but more of that later in the challenge.