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Published: November 19th 2017
Commemorating all the wars Australia participated in.
This was supposed to be a day of rest, but with some further exploration of Alice Springs. The temperature is again supposed to be in the high thirties, so we decided to get out fairly early and get back to the resort to hang out at the pool later. How do you know you’re getting older, or maybe smarter? When you take a cab to the top of Anzac Hill so you don’t have to walk up! Mind you, part of the reason was the heat.
Anzac Hill commemorates Australia’s participation in all wars. It overlooks the town and is quiet so one can ponder why there are wars, and why democratic countries are always ready to get involved to help other nations. For us, it re-enforces our belief in this, since we missed Remembrance Day events this year.
We stopped in a nice Anglican Church on the way to our museum destinations for the day. It’s a hot walk and we notice several Aboriginees walking barefoot on the hot sidewalks. How do they do that?
The National Pioneers Women Hall of Fame is located at The Old Gaol (pronounced “jail”) and highlights the achievement of Australian Women.
Walking down. Marion should have brought her poles!
Touring the jail gives you the creeps, although several comments from early Aboriginee detainees refer to the jail as “Home”, small wonder in a way, when you consider the kinds of conditions many lived under outside of jail!
The Alice Springs Reptile Centre is a real good place to see up close all of the snakes and other reptiles we know to be around. The iPhone is a better camera for these kinds of pictures than the Nikon, quicker and easier with equal sharpness and lighting. Ferdy added pictures of all for his collection of animal photos.
We’re staying out in the heat much longer than we intended. Marion is slowing down considerably and all Ferdy could think of was the cold beer waiting for him at the pub. Whew, that was one of the best cold beers ever!
From our hotel, we walked to the Lassiter Casino for dinner and some gambling. Quite a complex for a small town in the desert! Five restaurants, several pubs and a very large outdoor deck with live entertainment. Tourists in shirts and sandals, young women in fancy dresses, all sorts of nationalities, quite the local Saturday night hangout! As
The Old Gaol
Read “jail”. Apparently an old English spelling.
with many Australian restaurants, you line up at the cash to order your food and drink and to pay, to get a numbered post and have your food delivered when ready. When you’re done eating, just leave. Of course, the price shown is what you pay (taxes are already included), and NO tipping. At The Juicy Rump, we have schnitzel again, Australians sure like their schnitzels, Marion has the veal surf & turf, Ferdy has the lamb equivalent.
We end the evening observing the rough removal of a drunken Aboriginee from the casino. We only keep mentioning these things because it’s not what we’re used to in Canada.
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