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Published: February 15th 2010
On a break from our safari (Swahili for journey
) we arrived in Hobart for a day of exploration. Hobart (1803), is the capital city of Tasmania and after Sydney the second oldest in Australia.
I took an evening stroll with Maja to Salamanca Place
- the historic wharf with rows of sandstone Georgian buildings. Formerly warehouses built between 1830-1850 they have since been converted into restaurants, galleries, craft shops and offices. Salamanca was named after the Duke of Wellington's routing of the French
in 1812 during the Napoleonic Wars. Maja, and I had a drink in one of the converted warehouses, a pub called the Knopwood's Retreat
- but it was a Tuesday night and the tumbling tumble weed factor quite high in fact.
The next day I spent the day walking around historic Hobart with Maja and Jenni. It was a pleasant enough place, lots of historic buildings and a nice Spring-like climate (it's summer here).
I walked around Battery Point
with Jenni and Maja. Lots of Colonial, Georgian and Victorian cottages and houses to look at. A highlight is the grand St George's Church
built by a convict architect in 1836-38 and regarded as the best example of a Greek
Revival church in Australia. We then popped into a great cafe called Jackman & McRoss
where we had lunch.
The hostel we were staying at was the City Backpackers, stuck inconveniently on the second floor, labyrinth-like and crummy. I moved after my second night - German backpackers had made themselves at home and clearly didn't know what sharing a room was about. Maja and Jenni then got me moved into their room without too much fuss. The next morning we said goodbye to Hobart...
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