First Anniversary Frivolity!

Trip Start Jan 10, 2008
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Trip End Feb 17, 2009


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Flag of Australia  , New South Wales,
Monday, October 27, 2008

Being our first wedding anniversary, we decided to go to the wine region (Hunter Valley) to partake in some drinking of wine. We got there on the Saturday morning and caught the bus to the Jazz in the Vines festival. It was in a large field with some food and wine stands, and some bands playing. There was an RAAF band playing that were really good.

We layed our blanket down in a decent spot (though there wasn't any shade and it was nearly 30 degrees!), got a picnic and a few bottles of Rose and listened to the Jazz. Several bottles of Rose later (and 2 bottles of beer), and we were up singing, dancing and just generally having a good time. Got the bus home, had a snooze and then decided to go for dinner at our hotel. We got into the bar area at 8.40pm......and the kitchen was shut!

Now, the Hunter Valley is really in the middle of nowhere, and we were over the limit to drive, so we decided to walk into Cessnock and just eat in the closest place open. We walked for about 40mins down a long, dark road.......and saw the Golden Arches like a beacon of hope up ahead. With my mouth salivating at the thought of a Big Mac and a Quarter Pounder with cheese (it had been a long walk and we'd consumed a lot of wine.....it needed soaking up) we walked up to the doors and.................the kitchen was SHUT!!! Starting to lose all hope of eating on Saturday night, we found a small takeaway pizza company and ate in their seating area where you wait for your pizza's to be cooked.

On Sunday we'd booked a wine tour with Wine Rovers (very good tour, only took you to the smaller wineries, but also included Olive, Cheese, Chocolate and Fudge Tasting!). Me and Neil ended up coming home with 7 bottles of wine, and we did get to eat in our hotel restaurant on the Sunday night.

On the Monday, we went to a winery to get some of the wine that we'd been drinking at the Jazz Festival and then we made our way back to Sydney. Went to the Pagewood Hotel on the Monday night with Lou and Ryan to take part in the pub quiz. We ended up winning, and won $50 of grocery vouchers and $50 of money to use in the pub!
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