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Road trip

Melbourne Trip

Outside the Hotel Windsor, Melbourne



The beautiful foyer of the Hotel Windsor, Melbourne (note the Harpist in the background)

Even though I went down to Melbourne to help my son Liam move there, I could not help but take in the sights!

Alice’s Secret, the second book in A Celtic Trilogy, was set in and around Melbourne, a lovely hidden jewel of a city, with enough bars and restaurants to swing a cat at!

We visited the Museum, the Royal Exhibition building (built during the Marvellous Melbourne era of the 1880s) and toodled along The Great Ocean Road.

My characters, Henry and Bella Jameson, lived in Melbourne in the 1880s and ran a construction company,  making a heap of money on constructing the iconic buildings that we see today. The pictures are of the Hotel Windsor, another  setting in the book.

Alice’s Secret A Celtic Trilogy is available on Amazon.

Elen is the first book, set in Van Dieman’s Land (now Tasmania) during the convict era.

Historic Berrima

On the second day of our trip down to Melbourne, we stopped off at a quaint historic village of Berrima. Established in 1831, its just a couple of hours drive from Sydney, and was an unexpected gem to find.



Its website describes it as “the best preserved example of a Georgian village on the Australian mainland,” and it does not disappoint.

We stopped the car and parked up outside a charming row of shops just off the main road. The weather was beautiful and sunny, although starting to get chillier after the Gold Coast heat. After wandering around a little while and taking in the ambiance, we decided to have lunch, and found a quaint cafe that served the best pies! The bakers were baking the pies in front of us – so how could we resist? Delicious.


Next stop, we wandered down a side path and encountered the “Lolly Swag man,” selling sweets, lollies and nick knacks.


A lovely morning spent in another time… stop off, Glenrowan and Ned Kelly’s last siege 🙂


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