Pork Bellies and a Lost Sunset at Port Campbell

Trip Start Oct 30, 2007
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Trip End Nov 08, 2007


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Wednesday, December 26, 2007

I am a sucker for sunsets and a picture perfect sunset of  the Twelve Apostle that I saw on the Internet set me off on another sunset trail this time to Port Campbell. After more than 4 hours of driving from Marysville and a stopover at Geelong, we finally arrived at Port Campbell. The sky was overcast with dark, gloomy clouds that trailed us all the way from Gee Long. It was drizzling since GeeLong and I had  hoped that it would change when we reached  Port Campbell.
When we reached the Best Western Motel at Port Campbell, I sighed and remarked at  the receptionist - doesn't look like I'm getting my sunset here. He laughed out loud and cheekily told me that tomorrow will be the same. What about penguin watching ?? Sure he said, if you don't  mind being cold and wet.

As Ray and Annie haven't been to Port Campbell, they were at first game to watch the penguins until we went Twelve Apostles.  The wind was typical of the day - strong, unforgiving , drizzling and of course, cold. The Twelve Apostle was no longer twelve but the sight of the mighty rocks and the high waves crashing against the rocks was still worth the drive.

After the picture taking in the windy cliffs , we realized that we were going to spend the night at the quiet and almost dead town with no penguin watching or nice night hikes because of the weather. But this is Australia and the food and wine have not failed us yet. 

We walked into Waves (I think that's the name) early as the last shop shooed us out before I could even pick up a single souvenir. The place was highly recommended in some of the Internet sites and I was picturing my grilled  barramundi  but Annie beat me to it  so I picked something else which was forgettable.(should have used my seniority card.....)  . Annie's barramundi turned out good as expected and I'm throwing her daggers in my head. Ray's fish didn't turned out good as well. But the treat for the day really was the pork belly. Crisply grilled with a marination to die for , it made our day. I argued with Ray, that the cook probably used Chinese soy/black sauce as Australian had adopted quite a fair bit of Chinese style cooking and dared him to check if the chef was   Chinese .  Chinese, Australian , Greek, whoever it was , the wine and the pork belly made us happy enough for that day despite the missed  sunset and penguin watching
 
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