Thursday, July 11, 2013

What to do with one day in Hobart

I had one day in Hobart to do with as I pleased. I spent the morning wandering around the Salamanca Market. The weather was pretty terrible cold and rainy so the outdoor market was a bit of struggle. After a few hours. I went to check out the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), which frankly was only ok. I found a lot of the art to be...not my style. Whenever I'm at a museum I play the if I absolutely HAD to take one piece (and only piece) of art from this room to decorate my house which would be. And I seriously struggled finding even a single piece of art on whole floors that I'd want to look at every day.

By the afternoon there was intermittent drizzling with clearing skies. So I took a walk around Battery Point. Battery Point was first settled in 1804 and became a Navy outpost and main part of Hobart. It's filled with cute little old houses. Old obviously being a relative term depending on where you live. Are you in England? Well than 1818 probably doesn't REALLY constitute old to you, but in Australia it's basically as old as it gets.

I've been to Hobart one other time, but I actually barely recall the city itself. Last time I was in Hobart, my parents had to come to Australia to pick me up from my study abroad and travel with me a bit before heading home. We all thought this was going to be last time in Australia. I was devastated. I felt so lost leaving Australia the place that I had felt the most confident, the most me, out of every single place I've ever been. In that previous trip to Hobart the two main things I remember are having a factory tour of Cadbury chocolate, which sadly doesn't do tours any more, and going to Port Arthur which is a convict settlement. 

How could I forget these?


Or this view?


These adorable streets with a snowy Mount Wellington in the background?


Arthur's Circus, which I thought everyone was saying Arthur's Circle the whole time until I saw the sign.


And Salamanca Market. One of Hobart's biggest tourist destinations and I had no recollection of being there at all. Like at all.


That night we went out to dinner and then drove up Mount Nelson to get a view of the city at night. It felt an awful like Christmas. Very dark skies and glimmering twinkling lights shining out below us. Of course, there was also the milky way. The night sky is so different down here south of the equator. I don't know why that is or if it is really different or if it's just that such a different perspective makes it appear different. But the sky is not the same.  I could have stayed at the look out the whole night snuggled up against Inspector Climate.

24 comments:

  1. As teeny-tiny-itsy-bitsy as the earth is in the grand scheme of the universe (even the solar system!) it seems impossible that the night sky would offer a different view from different locations but it's true. The southern cross, for example, can't be seen from way up here but can be seen from the equator on down. I'm sure there are more and ones that can be seen up here but not down-under. The stars in rural Africa are so unbelievably incredible you just can't comprehend unless you've seen it!

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  2. Liked your pictures. I lived in NSW when I was 18. Found you through Jill.

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  3. Yet another reason to visit Australian someday... I actually think our Crown princess Mary is from Hobart.

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  4. Oddly it looks a little like Duluth, MN. I need to travel!

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  5. It looks like a lovely little place! And star gazing is one of my favorite things to do . . .

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  6. The third picture looks remarkably like the city I lived in during my time in the UK. Your pictures confirmed that this is definitely a place I would like to visit.

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  7. Aw, it looks like you had a really fun day!

    Sarah @ Life As Always

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  8. Oh my. This is just beautiful!

    XO Lourdes

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  9. Lovely pics, Deidre. LOL on Arthur's Circle, and that's too bad about the Cadbury chocolate not doing tours anymore. That would've been awesome to go.

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  10. There's something about this hot, humid weather we've been having in North Carolina that makes it unbelievably pleasing to look at pictures of a cute town in the snow. Thanks for sharing with us!

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  11. Wow the view is so nice. It looks amazing out there :) Such pretty pictures!
    xx
    Janicethitran.com
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  12. Hobart looks gorgeous! I've never heard of it until now and it makes me want to learn more about Australia!
    P.S. I like that museum game, I recently went to the LACMA in L.A and I think it would be super fun to play there.. the art is extraordinary.

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  13. My friend recently visited Hobart and said how lovely it was and from these beautiful images i can clearly see so myself. The cadbury tours sound great, pity they stopped.Thanks for lending me your fashion insight, wishing you a great start to the new week!

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  14. This looks so lovely!!! I had actually never heard of Hobart until now. :)

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  15. Hobart looks like a charming place for a really good break to recharge. Too bad about not having Cadbury chocolate tours anymore.

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  16. Someday I will come to Australia and visit this place - it looks like such a cute little town! Is it even little? Sucks they got rid of the Cadbury tours, though!

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  17. I love wandering around, even if it is just one day. Or perhaps even especially then :)

    x

    Marielle

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  18. What a beautiful place! Loved your photos - thank you for sharing them with us!

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  19. I'm having great fun looking around your blog (even as you're feeling blue about your present employment situation!), but I just had to say that these photos are stunning. The snow on that mountain and those sweet buildings? Just gorgeous!

    Lauren @ still+life

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  20. Oh to live on that street with the view of the mountains! Or on the water! What an enchanting place!

    It's a beautiful thing that you discovered Australia to be the place you felt the most like being yourself. I'm still searching for that place myself!

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  21. Beautiful! The post, the pics, all of it. That last paragraph was especially poignant and gave me the warm fuzzies!

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