Friday Weekend Escape to Adelaide: The River Torrens

We’re returning to Adelaide in South Australia and escaping for the weekend to the River Torrens. The river flows from the Adelaide Hills on the eastern side of Adelaide, through the city to empty into Gulf St Vincent.

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The Riverside Precinct of the River Torrens is in the heart of the city and close to amenities, including the Adelaide Oval.

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The footbridge in central Adelaide is home to the romantic Love Padlocks. Couples can fix a padlock to the bridge railing. They can include their initials, names, date and a message on the padlock before tossing the key into the river.

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Popeye recreational boats cruise along the river and under the City Arch Bridge of King William Road to Adelaide Zoo. It’s lovely to walk along the river bank and enjoy the beautiful scenery.

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My last visit to Adelaide holds special memories because I saw my debut book, Falling for the Farmer, for the first time on the shelf of a book store in Adelaide.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed our weekend escapes to Adelaide. Next week we’re returning to Sydney, Australia, and the setting for Winning Over the Heiress, my February 2015 release. Have a great weekend and Happy Australia Day!

Friday Weekend Escape to Adelaide, Australia: The City of Churches

This week I’ve celebrated my wedding anniversary. It only seemed fitting that I continue the wedding theme and we return to Adelaide in South Australia, also known as the city of churches.

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River Torrens in Adelaide, South Australia

Our first stop is St. Peters Anglican Cathedral in the heart of Adelaide. I love visiting old churches and cathedrals. There’s something about the quiet and peace in the ornate sanctuaries that brings a reflective smile to my lips.

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The architecture is magnificent and the sheer size of the building is hard to capture in a single photo.

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Our next stop is The Cathedral Church of St Francis Xavier, also in the Adelaide city precinct.

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Another majestic building that’s hard to capture in one photo.

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 I hope you’ve enjoyed our visit to the cathedrals. Next Friday we’re going to take a stroll along the River Torrens. Have a great weekend!

Friday Weekend Escape to Adelaide, Australia: The Historic Adelaide Oval

It’s our first Friday Weekend Escape for 2015, and this weekend we’re escaping to the picturesque city of Adelaide in South Australia.

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Our first stop is the historic Adelaide Oval, located on the River Torrens in the city.

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My husband and I spent the day with my reader friend, Jenny, and she played tour guide by showing us around her home city.

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Adelaide Oval is the home of cricket in the summer and AFL during the winter months.

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It’s summer in Australia and the Adelaide Oval is on my travel wish list to visit during the cricket season. The photos  above were taken last year during the AFL football season.

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Hubby and I are looking up at the Sir Donald Bradman Pavillion. Don Bradman was a legendary Aussie cricketer and we visited The Bradman Collection at the Adelaide Oval. Originally from New South Wales (NSW), Don Bradman played the latter part of his cricketing career for South Australia. We’ve also visited the International Cricket Hall of Fame (previously known as the Bradman Museum) in Bowral, NSW, in Don Bradman’s home town.

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 I hope you’ve enjoyed our visit to the Adelaide Oval. Next Friday we’re going to see a couple of cathedrals and discover why Adelaide is known as being a ‘city of churches’. Have a great weekend!

Friday Weekend Escape to the Adelaide Hills, South Australia with Paula Vince

Today we’re escaping for the weekend with my author friend, Paula Vince, to South Australia. Paula is giving us a tour of the beautiful Adelaide Hills in the Mount Lofty Ranges. Enjoy!

By Paula Vince

It’s a pleasure to welcome people to my lovely part of the state of South Australia. The Adelaide Hills are part of the Mount Lofty Ranges, situated east of the city of Adelaide. It is one of the first areas to be settled by European settlers, probably because it is such a lush place for crops and gardens. Towns such as Hahndorf and Lobethal were founded by Germans who wished to escape religious persecution in their own country in the mid 1800s. Several of these settlers were my ancestors.

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The town of Hahndorf is just a drive down the road for us, and it is full of buildings such as this old sweet shop. I have ancestors buried in the old church cemetery. My grandma was born in what is now an art academy, when it was still a maternity hospital in 1918. My daughter currently has art lessons there.

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The scenery along this road is typical of the countryside around the corner from where we live. When I describe the local settings of my novels, I always say that we enjoy four distinct seasons. (Actually, we sometimes suffer them, when the weather is extreme either way, but I don’t mention that.) The colours change all the time.

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In winter and spring, it’s easy to find creeks and waterfalls to hike alongside. It’s hard to believe they often completely dry up in our scorching hot summers. Between December and February, it’s not uncommon for us to have heatwaves of ten days or more with temperatures over 40 degrees Celsius.

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One of my favourite parts of living in the Adelaide Hills is that we don’t have to go far to find a great view. You can tell the exact spot where the city ends and the beauty of the Adelaide Hills begins. It’s right at the bottom of the South Eastern Freeway, when we suddenly find ourselves driving uphill with cliffs on either side.

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The Hills are saturated with history. We accidentally discovered this old chimney when we were out walking recently, along with the foundation of the house it was part of.

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Finally, here is my younger son along one of the many walking trails in the Hills toward the end of winter. We thought this puddle looked just like a map of the whole of Australia. I hope you enjoyed this tour with me.

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PAULA VINCE is a South Australian author of contemporary, inspirational fiction. She lives in the beautiful Adelaide Hills, with its four distinct seasons, and loves to use her environment as settings for her stories. Her novel, ‘Picking up the Pieces’ won the religious fiction section of the International Book Awards in 2011, and ‘Best Forgotten’ was winner of the CALEB prize the same year. She is also one of the four authors of ‘The Greenfield Legacy’, Australia’s first and only collaborated Christian novel. Her most recent novel, ‘Imogen’s Chance’ was published April 2014. For more of Paula’s reflections, please visit her blog, It Just Occurred to Me. You may also like to visit her book review blog, The Vince Review where she also interviews other authors.

You may also connect with Paula through the following.
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Imogen Browne longs to make up for past mistakes before she can move on. She quietly resolves to help the Dorazio family, whose lives she accidentally upset. Her biggest challenge is Asher, the one person who may never forgive her. And he is facing a crisis of his own. Imogen must tread very carefully, as trying to fix things may well make them shatter. A sensitive story about misplaced loyalty, celebrating life and falling in love. Can family secrets concealed with the best intentions bear the light of day?