Mum and I had a mother-daughter trip up to Beechworth and Bright last weekend (well, Thursday to Monday) and I had so much fun I’m already blogging about it! All of my draft posts that have been sitting there for ages just got offended, but it can’t be helped.
We set off relatively bright and early – okay, not really early, 10am – and by lunchtime had timed ourselves perfectly to take a quick bypass off the Hume to the town of Euroa.
Like a lot of country towns Euroa has a wide main street and Victorian shopfronts, but a surprise was the number and quality of second hand bookshops! You MUST visit them, particularly the one run by friends of the Euroa library.
Oh my lor’ there are a lot of well organised books in there, friendly volunteers, lovely tunes and three paperbacks for $2! I have a
secret open love of detective novels and found a Dorothy L Sayers AND a Ngaio Marsh that I hadn’t read in the paperback shelves. Plus we were offered free limes from the basket if we wanted some. Re-Co-MMEND.
There were a choice of good looking cafes for lunch but we chose Alberts Cafe on the strength of the Urbanspoon reviews and were very pleased we did. We shared both light lunch dishes. One was vegetarian (arancini) and one was chicken (fritters) but both were delicious. Service was super friendly too. The cafe was full when we got there right on lunchtime, so we sat outside, but it was one of those ‘first days of spring’ where this was definitely a pleasure.
Readers, we made a quick detour to Glenrowan on the way to Beechworth:
And we resume normal transmission. The motel we stayed in in Beechworth was called Beechworth on Bridge. It’s a little way out of town, up on the hill as you come in to Beechworth and across the gorge from the main drag. Still within walking distance, but we never could be bothered so we drove down all the time. (Walking THERE would have been fine, coming back would have been up the hill!)
The room was awesome – it had an Aldi coffee machine, the owners left us pods to use in it AND a packet of wagon wheels to eat AND we got free breakfast both days we stayed. You could choose continental or cooked, but as if we weren’t going to ask for poached eggs and bacon? And it was simple, but delicious! The only downside to the free breakfast is that it set us up so well for the day that we struggled to get hungry for lunch!
I’ll just leave you with three gratuitous shots of Beechworth now, all taken on my iphone – well, I guess all these photos are actually – and get ready for what we ate next time!