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Chillin’ in Malibu

On our way to Malibu (driving there from Santa Monica), we stopped by a quaint looking sandwich shop and ordered some freshly made sarnies. Malibu has many stunning beaches. White sand and very clear water. 

We relaxed (and ate our delicious sandwiches) on Zuma Beach for a while. Zuma Beach is about 2 miles long with lots of lifeguard stations. It’s quite a lively beach, with people jogging, windsurfing…playing volleyball etc. We enjoyed watching all the surfers! We also walked along Malibu pier. Much smaller than the Santa Monica pier but still worth seeing. It’s an historic pier with a few restaurants/cafés, built in the early 1900s. Known more as a fishing pier. 

Coffee Crawl in Glenelg Beach, Adelaide

Adelaide sure seems to like its coffee! Where I’m staying in Glenelg Beach, there are so many cafés/coffee houses. So, it seemed only fair to sample a few. First was Gloria Jeans Coffee…an Australian franchise. This was on my first day and I had an iced latte and a sautéed mushroom, mozzarella and tomato panini. The service and food were great. Although, I think franchises can feel a little impersonal sometimes (the décor etc.), I felt a bit like a typical Starbucks.

Whilst touring the city centre of Adelaide, I stopped by an outdoor café (can’t remember the name) for iced coffee (with a generous amount of Chantilly cream) and a coffee éclair. Caffeine overload! Although, when touring the city in 30oc heat, a ‘pick-me-up’ is necessary!

After a busy day touring the city centre, the following day was a bit more relaxed…a beach day! A took a walk along the beach mid-morning and stopped by a beachfront café called the ‘Broadway Kiosk’. I walked up to the counter and spent quite a while choosing a cake…there were so many to choose from! I decided to go for the traditional carrot cake and of course, another iced coffee. This particular iced coffee had a huge scoop of vanilla ice cream in it…rather decadent! I find some cafés/coffee houses leave their cake in the display counter for days and days until it tastes completely stale! But this carrot cake was moist and not too sweet…just right!

I would say in general, I can be quite particular about which coffee house/café I choose to eat/drink in…I go to enough of them to distinguish between a good and a bad one! So over-all, Adelaide/Glenelg Beach definitely gets a ‘thumbs-up’ from me with their many cafés!

Touring The City of Adelaide

Today I took the tram from Moseley Square, Glenelg into the city. One of my first stops was Rundle Mall. It’s a pedestrian-only street mall between King William Street and Pulteney Street. Included in this, are a few arcades/plazas with lovely looking coffee shops, small boutiques etc. As soon as I arrived, I noticed street performers/buskers in the centre of the mall…rather entertaining! I then stopped by a small outdoor café for iced coffee and cake. Very necessary…as you can imagine, it gets pretty tiring walking around in the hot sun! Especially in the city, where there’s absolutely no breeze!

After that I was planning on visiting the local art gallery but decided against it, as it was just too hot! Instead, I headed over to the Adelaide Botanic Gardens and spent a good amount of time there. Such stunning flowers and a lot history with the plants etc…including the exotic ‘Amazon Waterlily’.

After that, was Adelaide Central Market (a popular tourist attraction selling a vast amount of fresh produce, as well as cakes, biscuits etc.) I was expecting quite a small market but it was huge!

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