Down to Tassie & the retro/cool weather

Trip Start Nov 07, 2010
Trip End Jan 22, 2011

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

The beginning of a week in Tasmania - going from Darwin a few days ago to down here is a weather shock as we are back in the mid-teens (sorry about the UK snow). The joke is of course that you go back 20 years too. It's obviously small compared to Sydney and as it has developed slowly there's lots of 'old' buildings from early settlers etc & its all quite low-rise & cute to which you add a waterfront. The bad news is that when we left Sydney we were winning the Perth test & it then went pear-shaped. We stayed 2 days/3 nights in Hobart & walked the sights - the old areas around Battery Point & Salamanca, the waterfront as well as the very interesting museum. We can also recommend the local bus up to the viewpoint at Mt Nelson (the old semaphore station). In true fashion we found the (oldest in Austarlia) theatre - from 1837 & went to a 'bawdy' pantomine, Alice in Underpants which was very politically incorrect & we followed most of the local in-jokes. Q - you can build a panto around "In the Panto" a la Village People & of course this 'bawdy' show had to have the dodgy version of Living Next Door to Alice (most of should recall the chorus... if not it starts 'who the......".
Saturday was the 'famous' Salamanca Market which was a bit 'crafty' for me & not as farmers' amrket as I expected - the rule seemed to be 'I made it by hand & it's therefore expensive'. $30 T-shirt anyone? But we did get fresh raspberries, cherries & 'posh' bread'.
So an enoyable stay & a super self catering apartment - shame about the cricket while we were there....
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