*This post is part of the #FordThinking Challenge for #Voicesof2015
A couple of weeks ago, I had a Saturday free of plans so I asked my Dad if he’d like to take a road trip to Ballarat and give the All-New Mondeo a real test drive. I’d never been and he had heard that the International Foto Biennale was on so we decided to give it a go! I knew that Lark had their brick and mortar shop there, so I plugged their address into the GPS and we set off.
The drive out was beautiful once we got out of the city and into the countryside. I was able to set the cruise control easily and just cruise along. The tunes were playing and the trip seemed to go really quickly. In what seemed like no time at all, we were in the city of Ballarat and ready to explore! First stop, Lark.
It was as lovely as I had hoped it would be and I even picked up a couple of things for my party! It had taken us around 2 hours to get there, so it was time for some lunch. We spotted a pub on a corner and walked over for lunch. It was Jacksons & Co and not only was the food delicious, the service was fantastic! The visit was off to a great start!
Then it was time to visit the International Foto Biennale at the Mining Exchange and the Art Gallery and see some great photography and art. We wandered around happily – for what could have been hours – looking at the fantastic exhibits. The staff were all so friendly and the art was first class! I’m so glad we took the chance to go.
It was nearly time to head home, but I couldn’t come all the way to Ballarat and not stop by Lake Wendouree. So many friends have trained for events around this lake and I wanted to see it for myself. It is really quite something! I can see why people love to run around it!
Then it was time to switch drivers and test out the comfort of the passenger seat for the drive home. It was a comfortable ride and I was surprised at how fuel efficient the Mondeo was for the trip. The EcoBoost engine made the ride smooth and we used less than half a tank for over 4 hours of driving!
The sunset seemed to chase us home, and we arrived feeling like we both had a much needed break from daily life. I think I will be adding more day trips to country Victoria to my calendar as the trip to Ballarat, whilst brief, was good for the soul. Sometimes getaways don’t have to be big things, and that’s so valuable to remember.
Do you take day trips? Where’s your favourite place to go?
*I am part of this year’s Top 100 for #Voicesof2015 and was picked to test drive the All-New Ford Mondeo for six weeks in return for 3 blog posts. This is the third of the three. As always I do my best to make the content relevant for you and share what I think you’ll find interesting too. x D