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  • Day26

    Tassie, here we come.

    November 18, 2017 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 20 °C

    The flight to Tasmania is quite a short one, so we had most of the afternoon yesterday to roam around the waterfront in Hobart. Our hotel is in a great location and we can walk to many of the main attractions here. Hobart is considered by many to be the prettiest city in Australia and I think they may be right. The historic buildings have been kept in wonderful shape , the waterfront is clean and attractive, and there are plenty of parks with lawns and flowers scattered around.
    Today we walked to the Salamanca Market, the top tourist attraction in Hobart. Our experiences with markets in other towns had not made us very enthusiastic. They seem to be vegetables and fruits and flea market stalls. But not Salamanca!! We spent hours perusing (and buying) in hundreds of stalls containing Tasmanian handmade articles. There were lovely woolens, jewelry, leather goods, wooden articles, etc. The items were unique and of high quality. The market is about 3 blocks long and 4 stalls wide and happens every Saturday. It was full of people, but the merchants always had time to tell you how their wares were made.
    We also visited the Maunston Hut Museum. Maunson was an Antarctic explorer who led an expedition in 1908. The museum is a reconstruction of the huts that they built there to stay for a year. We knew very little about Antarctica exploration but the man working there gave us lots of information and we enjoyed learning about it.
    Then we headed off to Battery Hill, a quaint residential area with small cottages as perfectly kept as when they were built 150 years ago. It was very nice to just wander around and enjoy the houses and gardens.
    Except for a foray off to the modern shopping area in search of Blundstone Boots, and a stop off at a whisky distillery, we spent the day in the old town and enjoyed it immensely.
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  • Day191

    Packing Day (but not yet)

    December 11, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 64 °F

    I found Kilkenny again! Lol. The Irish pub not far from my hostel serves it. I'll probably go back tonight for dinner. Yummy!

    Today is packing day because I leave for New Zealand tomorrow, but right now I'm just being lazy. I'm the only one in the room until at least 14:00 (check in time), and I'm enjoying it.

    So long [for now] and thanks for all the fish. ✌️

    P.S.: Yes, I know my face matches my shirt. I got a little sunburned on the boat. First-world problems. 😀
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  • Day26

    End of the Kyneton Stay

    November 18, 2017 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 20 °C

    We signed up for a tour from the resort going to Woop-Woop. As one of the people with us explained, when she was young and acted silly, her parents would say she had gone to Woop-Woop. That explained what this place was. It is billed as looking at the Aussie sense of humour. The owner, a lady of retirement age named Melva, has made about a hundred sculptures out of everyday things used in a funny way. They match up to Aussie sayings, which can be a little hard to follow. Some were using Aussie rhyming slang, like Cockney in England. There were Australians, New Zealanders and us in the group and they helped explain from time to time. A lot of the humour was quite bawdy, especially funny coming out of this lady. She involves the people in her jokes, and a couple of pictures show some of the times we were asked to participate. We laughed when she asked Dave his name and couldn’t understand what he said until a local translated to “Diav”. It was an experience.
    Our last day at Kyneton was quite rainy, but we couldn’t feel bad, because the weather has been fantastic. Into each life some rain must fall. The group of kangaroos came by to entertain us, and we went into town and did some errands.
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  • Day188

    Museum of New and Old Art (MONA), Part 2

    December 8, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 66 °F

    Yesterday at MONA was all day. The final show was the outdoor pavilion that displays the light show at sunset (20:40 last night). I left about 21:15 because of mosquitoes, but it was very beautiful and soothing.

    Today has been another wash. I went to Zoodoo Zoo, but it started raining, so I drove back to Hobart to do laundry.

    Now, I'm at my hostel about to check in.

    So long [for now] and thanks for all the fish. ✌️
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  • Day55

    Von Salamanca nach Battery Point

    October 26, 2016 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    Wir haben einen programmfreien Tag und können ausschlafen. Machen wir - na, beinahe. Wir müssen Wäsche waschen, wollen Hobarts Altstadt erkunden und das Museum für alte und neue Kunst (MONA) besuchen. Alles in Ruhe und mit australischer Gelassenheit, d.h. wir brauchen Zeit - und so fängt der Tag früh an.
    Es ist frisch, aber strahlender Sonnenschein ☀️ und nach getaner Wäsche laufen wir zum Hafen und kaufen die Tickets und die Überfahrt zum MONA für den Nachmittag. Dann schlendern wir an den Altstadtfassaden in Salamanca entlang und klettern über die Kelly-Steps hoch in die überaus hübsche Wohnsiedlung Battery Point. Das ist die Wohngegend der ehemaligen Kapitäne oder höheren Angestellten. Heike macht geschätzte tausend Fotos von bekannten und unbekannten Blumen in den Vorgärten, es ist Frühling in Australien! Dann wandern wir runter zum Ufer des Derwent zum A. J. White Park. Das ist die Stelle in Hobart, an der sich die Industrialisierung ungefähr alle 20 Jahre geändert hat. Angefangen mit Schiffbau, dann Holzverarbeitung, chemisches Werk und bis 1970 Fruchtverarbeitung und Marmelade. Wir kommen an der Judge Box vorbei, an der die Boote der gefährlichen Sydney-Hobart Regatta über die Bass-Straße in den Hafen einlaufen, wenn sie es denn schaffen. Über den Princess Park, mit dem letzten Signalturm in der Meldekette auf Tasmanien, gehen wir wieder zum Hafen zum Anleger der Fähre zum MONA.
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  • Day34


    March 24, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    Ein bisschen wie in Kempten...

    So kommt es mir jedenfalls vor. Hobart kommt mir ähnlich groß vor und ist auch die größte Stadt der gesamten Insel. Und die kleinen Hügel mit den Bergen im Hintergrund verschaffen ein wenig Heimatgefühl. Aber natürlich liegt es auch am Meer im Gegensatz zu Kempten.
    Ich bin jedenfalls in einem richtig schönen Hostel hier, schön klein und mit viel Liebe eingerichtet, ich glaube nicht dass mir vorher schonmal jemand das Hostel von oben bis unten gezeigt hat beim Check-in. Super Service auf jeden Fall und das schlägt sich sofort in der Stimmung der Gäste wieder, man kommt gleich ins Gespräch und ich hab einen echt netten Abend! Morgen geht dann ein neuer Abschnitt los: Tasmanien mit dem Auto erkunden... das heißt ich muss "falschherum" Auto fahren. Hoffentlich ist nicht so viel los, damit ich mich da langsam dran gewöhnen kann.
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  • Day116

    Hobart, Tasmania

    May 26, 2018 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 4 °C

    The principal city and capital of the state of Tasmania. Views of the harbor, from Mount Nelson, an interesting pub that I didn't get to visit, older houses in Arthur's Circle, Battery Point, some street art and a whiskey tasting at the Lark Distillery.

  • Day10

    Last day in Tassie

    March 2, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Our last full day in Tassie was spent on a big dose of culture. One of the top tourist attractions in town is the privately owned Museum of Old and New Art or MONA.

    The best way to get there is by ferry from Hobart docks so we scored our tickets and headed over. Right from the start this Museum is a bit different ... OK it is just plain weird. The ferries are camouflage painted and you can sit on sheep or stools or normal chairs - seriously! See the photos.

    The Museum is up the river from Hobart under the Tasman bridge and past the Incat ship yards (we were on an Incat built ferry, our third for the trip) so was about a 30 min trip and it was rather full.

    Mona is owned by a Hobart local called David Walsh who is described as a professional gambler, art collector, and businessman. It reminded me of the art galleries on Naoshima Island in that and lot of it was underground and very modern but MONA was far bigger than anything in Naoshima.

    From the ferry dock there are 99 steps to the top where you enter the museum and head underground. MONA has won various awards for tourism and you can see the appeal. Yes it is very weird but it also had a lot of really old things like an Egyptian mummy, old pots from the Middle East as well as more modern paintings by Brett Whitely and Sydney Nolan.

    Suffice to say it is well worth a look if you ever make it to Hobart but some of the exhibits are very confronting.

    We headed back into town hopped in the Beast and headed out to the Cascade Brewery which is on the edge of Hobart. We didn’t get to do a tour but had a look around and sampled some of the wares.

    Dinner was at a neat Japanese establishment on the restaurant strip of Elizabeth Street, a short walk from the Hotel.

    Tomorrow it is back to Sydney.
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