PLACES

Stories about places where my husband and I, or family members, have lived or visited, and what we learned and experienced in these places. Personal photographs bring these stories to life.

 


 

Postcards of early Longreach

This story is about Longreach in its early days and one of its pioneer families. It was inspired by six illustrated postcards of Longreach I found in my late mother Evelyn’s collection of photographs and memorabilia. The postcards reveal key aspects of this small Central Western Queensland town in the late 1800s and early 1900s […] Read more…

Postcards of early Longreach via @jsalecich

Weihnachten: Christmas in Germany

Advent traditions, Christmas markets, traditional German Christmas food, Christmas trees, stars and nativity scenes, Christmas Eve celebrations … and the cold! These are the things I remember most about Weihnachten, Christmas in Germany. At Christmastime in 2015 my husband Tony and I visited our family in Germany. We arrived in late November 2015, just before […] Read more…

Weihnachten: Christmas in Germany via @jsalecich

Koumala: Where’s that?

At the end of 2014, my daughter and son-in-law announced that they would be relocating to Koumala in 2015. My son-in-law had been appointed Principal of Koumala State School. I had heard of Koumala and remembered passing through it once or twice, as it is on the Bruce Highway (the main road linking Brisbane and […] Read more…

Koumala: Where’s that? via @jsalecich

Easter in Jordan

In 2012, after spending Easter in Germany: Bavaria, my husband Tony and I travelled to Jordan, in the Middle East, where we celebrated Easter for a second time. That year, the Eastern and Orthodox Christian churches, following the Julian calendar, observed Easter one week later than the Western Christian churches. Easter in Jordan: What a […] Read more…

Easter in Jordan via @jsalecich

Easter in Germany: Bavaria

Several years ago, my husband Tony and I had the privilege of celebrating Easter twice: first in Bavaria, Germany, then one week later, in Jordan. This story is about our experience of Easter with our extended family in the southern German state of Bavaria in April 2012. We stayed with them for 11 days. During […] Read more…

Easter in Germany: Bavaria via @jsalecich

Korčula: This brought Tony to tears

When we visited the Island of Korčula in December 2004, it was 46 years since my husband Tony (born Ante Salečić) left the island and his hometown Korčula for far-away Australia. Tony’s childhood memories of Korčula Tony was in second grade at school when he left his homeland, and he remembers saying goodbye to his […] Read more…

Korčula: This brought Tony to tears via @jsalecich

Three buses and a ferry to Korčula

After an absence of 46 years, in December 2004, my husband Tony revisited his hometown, Korčula. I accompanied him. After spending an amazing 24 hours in Dubrovnik and filled with much excitement and anticipation, we headed for the bus terminal, to catch the bus to Korčula. Korčula is a small town on an island off […] Read more…

Three buses and a ferry to Korčula via @jsalecich

24 Hours in Dubrovnik (Part 2)

My husband Tony and I visited Dubrovnik in December 2004. It was my first visit, but not so for Tony. He was returning to his homeland, Croatia, after an absence of more than 40 years! Having just 7 days to spend visiting Split, Dubrovnik and Korčula, all in Dalmatia and with connections to Tony’s family […] Read more…

24 Hours in Dubrovnik (Part 2) via @jsalecich

24 Hours in Dubrovnik (Part 1)

My husband and I visited Croatia in mid-December 2004. It was my first visit, but not so for Tony. He was returning to his homeland after an absence of more than 40 years! Having just 7 days to spend visiting Split, Dubrovnik and Korčula, all in Dalmatia and with connections to Tony’s family and early […] Read more…

24 Hours in Dubrovnik (Part 1) via @jsalecich