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February 17th 2018
Published: February 19th 2018
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Salamanca market

Saturday morning and it is market day in Hobart which means the Salamanca market is held today. Salamanca Place is a street that starts in the city centre and winds its way down to and along the waterfront. It is a big market with many and varied stall holders. The stalls are along both sides of the street and the goods on sale are not not fruit, vegetables, fish or meat rather wood carved objects, jewellery, souvenirs, clothes, sweets, street food and many other products. The market is thronged with people, I suspect mainly tourists and it is a lively scene. We made our way down Salamanca Place with the aim of climbing up to view Battery Point. We wanted to find a special cafe we had heard about called Jackman & McRoss for brunch. We found the cafe easily and ordered our food which, when it came was exceptionally good. Whilst there, I asked the waiter where we could find the Battery Point, he said it is an area of Hobart and we were in it. I was expecting to find a gun emplacement rather than a neighbourhood. Battery Point was one of the earlier areas where homes
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Governor’s palace snapped through the trees, on the move.
were built away from the waterfront. Today, it is a very des. res. area where properties command high prices. We wandered around the neighberhood and decided to catch a hop on / hop off bus. The bus was "rammed" and we were lucky to find two seats together albeit downstairs without much view. At the earliest opportunity, when people got off from upstairs we relocated to seats with a better outlook. We then had to decide where we were going to hop off and continue sightseeing. After some discussion, we decided that, as it was likely the next busses would not have any seats and because we were knackered, we decided just to stay on for the 1.5 hour journey and sightsee from afar. I managed to get a quick snapshot of the Governor's Palace which was built in 1857 at a cost of £70,000 which, at the time was an absolute fortune. It is built a little away from the city on top of a hill that overlooks the city and harbour and is, today, adjacent to the botanical gardens. Even the attraction of another botanical garden was enough to prise us out of our bus seats. The Palace is thought to be the second grandest diplomatic house in the world and a bit of a plumb posting in the diplomatic service. The bus was virtually cleared when it stopped at the stop nearest the cruise ship berths. The cruise ships can berth right in Hobart harbour and virtual tie up in the city centre as it is a very deep water harbour. There were two cruise ships currently in the harbour whose occupants flock into the town and the hop on / hop off busses are a popular facility.

As it was our last evening in Hobart, we decided to go for a special meal at the "Wine Glass" restaurant on Elizabeth Street Pier which was highly rated. We could not decide what to eat so we put ourselves in the hands of the chef for his choice of dishes. We were not disappointed as we enjoyed a superb meal and toasted ourselves for a great holiday.

The pods are packed, ready to leave Hobart in the morning.


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