Adelaide’s Premier Seaside Resort


Glenelg is Adelaide’s premier, at least in terms of visitor numbers, seaside resort situated on the shore of Holdfast Bay about 10 kms from the City Centre. It is named after Lord Glenelg, then Britain’s Secretary of State for War and the Colonies. Continue reading “Adelaide’s Premier Seaside Resort”

The Semaphore Palais


Notwithstanding a current and very welcome revival, Semaphore’s golden years as a seaside resort was undoubtedly the 1920s and so it was that in 1922 the Fricker Brothers constructed this building as a beach kiosk, bathing pavilion and dance hall – the Semaphore Palais & Cafe. While reports have it that two thirds of Adelaide’s population attended the opening of the Palais, this seems rather exaggerated though the crowd would have been big given the popularity of Semaphore at the time. Continue reading “The Semaphore Palais”

Carousel and Amusement Park


For those into into such things, this is my 1000th blog entry. A big thank you to everyone who reads my blog on a regular basis or who pops in for a look every now and then. I appreciate your support and encouragement.

Emanating from the UK, as I do, and being of a certain vintage a trip to the seaside was never complete without a ride on the dodgem cars, the big dipper, a game of penny push and, especially when younger a ride on the carousel. How times have changed but, Dear Reader, I will spare you my moralising. Continue reading “Carousel and Amusement Park”

Ireland’s Capital of Fun


……or, a day at the beach.

Looking at pictures of an empty beach and dejected looking funfair rides, my Reader might be forgiven for wondering why I have chosen the title I have for this review. I would have expected a similar reaction had I entitled this review ‘Ireland’s Premiere Seaside Resort’. Both terms are taken from the town’s tourist literature. Continue reading “Ireland’s Capital of Fun”