Weekend Wanderings: Wine and Wildlife Tour Part 2
Following on from yesterday on our Wine and Wildlife Tour once we had finished with the animals I changed the lens to my macro so I could take more macro photos. We had really enjoyed the first part of the Wine and Wildlife Tour in the Yarra Valley, even though we didn’t get the close encounters that they said we would. Just goes to show you can’t believe everything. We got ready to move on to our second part of the self drive tour.
On the way out of Healesville Sanctuary, I took some photos of the Australian flora that is growing along the paths. I love grevilleas. I love the way they grow, the birds also love them, so I suppose I should plant more in my garden.
Lunch was at De Bortoli Wines. Very nice winery near Yarra Glen. It was nice to go there and not have to worry about paying for it, it was included in the tour.
I am not one that normally photographs their food, but since I was there with the macro lens I thought why not. So I took a photo of the breads and oil we were given at the start, I took photos of the flowers in the vase on the table. I even took photos of wine being poured into the glass, but as soon as they put my main meal in front of me I forgot all about the camera. It was very nice. I was determined to photographed my dessert, the Bombe Alaska. I’d never had it before, it was also really good.
The lunch was fantastic, the waiters were wonderful and very pleasant, really the only thing that spoiled our meal was the table next to us. They had brought along a very small child, probably around a year old, and it just squealed the whole time. A very high pitch squeal. I don’t know why people bring children to restaurants if they are going to disturb other diners. When my children were of the age where they couldn’t sit still, or made too much noise, we stopped going to restaurants, or we hired a babysitter so we could go. Restaurants need, you know like the smoking and non smoking sections, they should have children and non children sections.
After lunch we headed to the cellar to do some wine tasting. I wasn’t really interested in doing any wine tasting so I took some photos.
Then I headed outside to the wonderful gardens and took a heap of photos of the flowers with my macro lens.
Once the other two had made their purchases we headed to the Chocolaterie.
The first thing we noticed when we got there was the massive number of cars. Then as we entered we discovered the place was absolutely packed. You could hardly move. We had so much trouble finding someone to help us.
Seriously, this was absolutely the worse part of the day. Basically go in, have a taste of some stuff, if they have it available, then you can buy the chocolate with a 10% discount. I hated it. I don’t like crowds and not being able to move was terrible. They also told me that the chocolate I most wanted to try was available for testing. I put the chocolate I was thinking of getting back on the shelf and walked out. It was so different to the rest of the day. There are so many ways they could’ve done it so it would have been better.
I liked the day, but if you were going to do it, I would insist on what they promise in the brouchure at Healesville Sanctuary. The lunch was great and so worth it. However, the last stop, the Chocolaterie, I would skip that. The chocolate is so expensive and you can find beautiful chocolate in many places in the city and the crowds are no where near as bad.
The day cost $88 and basically covered our lunch. I get free admission to the Sanctuary anyway because I am a member, so for me, I shouldn’t have done the tour, just gone to the winery for lunch, it wouldn’t have cost me any more. Booking the tour was a waste of time, if you ask me.
I have a gallery for you now of some of my photos for you. It is a wet rainy weekend here in Melbourne. I hope the weather is better where you are.