Although in recent years I haven't done a lot of travelling, what I love about seeing new places is the chance to discover how other people live. I'm particularly interested in architecture and history, so anything historical has my attention. Here are some pics of various places I've visited both in Australia and overseas.
A recent trip to Western Australia gave me the opportunity to visit some convict era buildings, in particular The Freemantle train station.
And this beautiful church which unfortunately was closed and I was unable to peek inside.
In my younger years, I was lucky enough to spend three weeks exploring Bali and came away impressed with the beautiful people and their way of life. Here is a shot of a wonderful piece of architecture and culture in Bali - a traditional water palace in Ubud and a historic temple gate. I love the attention to detail and the rich culture imbued with each piece of architecture .
And this is a picture of Balinese farm house up in the mountains. My girl friend and I were invited to spend some time with a Balinese family in their very small and primitive home. They were so generous with the little they had and afterwards we travelled through the mountains on motorbikes. A fabulous holiday I'll never forget.
A few years ago, I visited the US on two separate visits spending time in the Florida Keys and also visiting the state of New England. Such an amazing contrast between hot and cold lol, although I was lucky to visit Rockport in late spring. I love how the Americans use timber when building their homes (compared to Aussies who favour bricks and tiles). Some houses reminded me of doll houses although on a much larger scale!
What I loved about the Florida Keys (apart from the snorkelling with sharks and kayaking) were the quaint canals. There was one behind my brother's house and I enjoyed many an early morning paddling down the waterway and watching the varied birdlife.
Unfortunately I didn't get to see inside Hemingway's house but here it is from the outside.
And just to round off a short glimpse into some of my journeys, I'd like to finish with a house built underground. I've been to Cooper Pedy twice both times when travelling around Australia and both times it was so hot, just breathing seemed an effort. However once inside an underground house it was deliciously cool.
What's your favourite place you discovered in your travels?
Thanks so much for hosting me here today.
Gilchrist lives in the Hunter Valley, Australia with her family and pets and is
the author of over twenty books, several of which have finalled in writing
contests. As S. E. Gilchrist, she writes science fiction, ancient historical,
apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic romances and romantic suspense. As Suzanne
Gilchrist, she writes women’s fiction and contemporary small-town romances,
often with a splash of suspense.
Suzanne takes a keen interest in the environment
and animal welfare and loves bushwalking and kayaking, spending time with
family and friends and walking her dogs. She co-runs Hunter Romance
Writers and is
the organiser of several group writing ventures.
Gilchrist is published with Escape Publishing / Harlequin Australia and is an
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Take Me Home (Bindarra Creek A Town Reborn)
Forgiving the past was too painful until now.
Almost forty, Abby Taylor has built a new life
for herself in the small country town of Bindarra Creek. When an old friend
convinces her to give two adolescent boys a temporary home, she is torn between
a growing love for these orphans and the grief in her past.
After his marriage fell apart, Roman Taylor has
focused on his career. An unexpected phone call sends him rushing to Abby’s
side where he is drawn into his estranged wife’s new life – a life that could
offer a future he thought he’d lost forever.
Will they seize this second chance to have a
family of their own? Or will fate once again destroy their dreams?
Welcome to Bindarra Creek – A Town Reborn, a
fictional town set on the western slopes of the New England tablelands. Take me
Home is the first book in this new group writing venture series. With a
community full of quirky characters, the books feature compelling romance,
heart-warming family life, drama, and even suspense.