I have little experience of travelling to distant locations but I find even close to home there is much of interest. Whether the neighbourhood I am exploring is in a nearby suburb or country town there are many things to photograph, ponder and write about.
Gawler Railway Station Image by Marie Vonow
Within a few minutes walk of my home there are interesting old buildings such as the railway station. There are numerous places to have a coffee and take in the interesting decor, whether that be paintings, mosaics or historic memorabilia.
Mosaic at local bakery cafe Image by Marie Vonow
I won't dwell on the pleasure of my own neighbourhood because the focus of this article is about venturing a little further afield.
Which direction should I head first? A twenty minute bus ride away is Lyndoch, a small town in the Barossa Valley. This township has changed a great deal over the past sixty years.
The building which now offers botox treatments used to be a general store. Out the front there was a weigh bridge under a tall gum tree. A shop I recall as being a deli was converted to a restaurant during the 1970s. A two storey building which has been a private residence for ages was once a deli and before that was a Coffee Palace.
I sometimes browse and borrow from Lyndoch's modern library. Not far away is a thrift shop which certainly wasn't here decades ago. I enjoy a nosey around whenever the shop is open as I never know what I will find.
The hotel, built in 1869, is still on the corner but has seen some changes over the years. There is now advertising out the front, including information about helicopter rides a few kilometres away.
Lyndoch hotel Image by Marie Vonow
We could travel further into the Barossa to look at towns like Tanunda, Nuriootpa and Angaston with their history of wine making. However, let's travel back towards Adelaide to explore different suburbs.
I enjoy visiting Salisbury and looking at the street art near the railway station. I also get pleasure from browsing in the thrift shops, library and various multi cultural stores. If I want something a bit different to eat there is plenty of choice in Salisbury. I have also found I can get my fruit and veg at a very good price.
Part of the street art mural on the theme of transport Image by Marie Vonow
Taking photos of street art gives me pleasure. I am always on the look out for paintings in car parks and tucked away in some unexpected place.
One of my favourite suburbs is Goodwood one of Adelaide's inner southern suburbs. Goodwood Road has interesting shops and some quirky artwork. There are tiles of faces in the pavement and a collection of teapots and kettles tied to a fence. Plants are growing in the teapots.
Down several of the side streets are walls covered in street art. One piece of street art features a map of the local area and paintings of the local history.
Part of a piece of street art featuring a map of Goodwood Image by Marie Vonow
Sometimes I am in the mood to visit a beach suburb. Port Adelaide, Semaphore and Glenelg are among my favourite seaside destinations.
Port Adelaide has much of historic interest to look at including old buildings and museums. Glenelg is great when I want to browse clothes boutiques or have coffee. Semaphore has interesting op shops and some great places to eat. I love the street art at Glenelg and Port Adelaide. I am spoilt for choice but whever I go I will have a pleasant time.
Painting on a wall at Glenelg Image by Marie Vonow
When the cooler days arrive I will be sure to head to the Adelaide Hills to check out the glorious autumn leaves at towns like Stirling, Mount Barker and Hahndorf. The Adelaide Hills are easily accessible for me by public transport. There are plenty of other things to enjoy in the Adelaide Hills in the way of beautiful scenery, interesting craft shops, old buildings and cafes.
Autumn leaves against the sky Image by Marie Vonow
I find great pleasure in exploring different neighbourhoods that are easily accessible to me when I have a few hours to spare. I don't need to travel far or pack an overnight bag to spend time exploring somewhere different. When I arrive home with observations scrawled in my notebook and photos on my camera I feel energised and ready to write. (However, I usually have to cook tea before I sit down at the computer.)