Flying on the Emirates A380 to Adelaide, Australia

Mar 12, 13 Flying on the Emirates A380 to Adelaide, Australia

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My recent trip to Adelaide was great but it was even better by the fact that I flew with Emirates Airlines. Emirates recently started flights from London to Adelaide via Dubai and I was invited to see just how nice it is to fly with Emirates. I got to the airport early (!) so I was able to hang out in the Business Class Lounge at Heathrow before boarding. Nothing like a nice open champagne/wine bar to start off the trip. Once seated in my cozy little demi cabin, the flight attendants came round with Veuve Clicquot 2004. I was flying on the A380 to Dubai enroute to Adelaide and if you haven’t been on an A380 yet, I’d highly recommend it. Take off and landing are so smooth on the A380 that it’s hardly noticeable, it it weren’t for the fasten seatbelt signs, it’d be hard to tell. Business Class on the A380 is lush. Lots of leg room, mini bar, huge tv screen, seats that lay flat at the push of a button and plenty of counter space even, next to your personal mini bar. I should also mention that Business Class also has a full on bar at the rear of the compartment, complete with bar snacks of olives, nuts and finger sandwiches all laid out for you to munch on, complimentary of course. And they even have a little happy hour, putting out chips and salsa in mid-flight. I went back there to hang out for a bit and seriously, it’s easy to forget your on an airplane, once they pull the curtains closed. The only tip off are the seatbelts on the lounge benches that I suppose they have to have in case of turbulence. I have to say the flight attendants, who double as bartenders, make some mean Manhattans (in a good way)! From Dubai to Adelaide we switched to the Boeing 777. The level of service doesn’t dip though and Business Class is just as nice although...

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Postcard from Adelaide – National Wine Centre of Australia

Feb 20, 13 Postcard from Adelaide – National Wine Centre of Australia

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I’m in the lovely city of Adelaide at the moment and yesterday I spent a good part of the day wondering the city. As I’m in one of the major wine producing states of Australia, it was no surprise to learn that they have the National Wine Centre of Australia right here in the town. The Centre is inside the Botanical Gardens which can make for a nice stroll to get there. The Centre is on the edge of the Gardens so you can also drive up and park nearby. Officially opened in 2004, the beautiful building housing the Centre has one of the largest open cellars in the Southern Hemisphere, they have up to 38,000 bottles with 12,000 in the cellar at any time. The Centre architecture has won quite a few awards and it’s a unique construction of steel and wood, very cool and sleek. There are  interactive displays including interviews with Australian winemakers and even a make your own wine display. I found that a lot of fun, especially considering my Eden Valley riesling was ‘awarded’ a Silver Medal 😉 They offer free daily tours at 11:30 everyday but you can walk in anytime for a self guided tour. Afterwards, there is a cafe on the ground floor where they offer regional and varietal wine tastings, all at very reasonable prices. The great thing about Adelaide is that wine is soooo reasonably priced. A fun way to get an overview of Australian wine before you head out to the vineyards. The Centre is open 7 days a week 9am – 5pm Located at the corner of Botanic and Hackney Roads. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInPocketRedditGoogleTumblrEmailPrintPinterestLike this:Like...

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