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Sep 21, 2015 - Home!

We arrived in Melbourne about 3:45, got our luggage, and went through customs . Then a short walk through the rather fresh evening (morning?) to the Parkroyal. Our rom was ready! We had long hot showers and changed. By now it was after 5! J checked the flight to Hobart and we decided we would have to get up at 6:15 to have time to check in! So we had 1 hr lying in the dark, too tired to sleep, and waiting for the alarm. We didn't take long to dress and head back over to check in. Luckily we were early because the flight was 10 mins earlier...

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Jul 28, 2015 - Yeti sighted at Hobart airport

golly is on his way! Now in Melbourne waiting patiently. C is very relaxed which isn't normal when about to fly. J is struggling with a dodgy foot - limping along with a fair bit of pain. Aspirins are being popped! Loving daughter said he was an old cripple and master H said grandad was a prickle!, And clever daughter put miss G in an angora dress so J's dark grey trousers are covered in fur - legs like a Yeti! Airports are either frantic or boring - today it's boring. The most activity we are getting is trying to jump out of the path of...

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Apr 4, 2015 - Back to Hobart

FOBTs, Please revisit my 2 April update. I added a lot of pictures, and amended the verbiage to some degree. There will be no pictures with this particular update. This evening I am back in Hobart, well actually between Hobart and the airport. As I reflect on my whirlwind visit to Tasmania, I am grateful to have included this island state in my itinerary. Some of its topography reminded me of South Australia (Adelaide's state) with rolling plains, broken by lines and/or copses of trees. It also has elements of New Zealand's volcanic hill...

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Apr 1, 2015 - Hobart

Hobart FOBTs, I am now down in Tasmania, which is a large island off the southern coast of Australia. Hobart is the capital, and is located in the southern part of the island. As I mentioned in my New Zealand update on the Milford Sound, a Dutch explorer named Abel Tasman sailed all over this area. The Tasman Sea and Tasmania are named after him. Hobart is a much smaller city than Melbourne. In fact, the airport has no jet bridges. You have to deplane using rolling sets of stairs, and the airport has only one baggage conveyor. A curious...

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Mar 18, 2015 - Battery Point & Sandy Bay

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – Australia chapter Tasmania has to say about Battery Point and Sandy Bay: An empty rum bottle’s throw from the once notorious Sullivans Cove waterfront is a nest of tiny 19th-century cottages and laneways. The old maritime village of Battery Point takes its name from the 1818 gun battery that stood on the promontory. Spend a few hours exploring. Battery Point’s liquored-up alehouses on Hampden Road have been refitted as cafes and restaurants, and cater to a less raucous clientele....

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Mar 18, 2015 - Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – Australia chapter Tasmania has to say about the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery: “The museum and gallery incorporates Hobart’s oldest building, the Commissariat Store (1808). The museum features Aboriginal displays and colonial relics; the gallery curates a collection of Tasmanian colonial art.” KAPOORS ON THE ROAD @@@@@@@

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Mar 17, 2015 - Penitentiary Chapel Historic Site

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – Australia chapter Tasmania has to say about the Penitentiary Chapel Historic Site: “Ruminating over the court rooms, cells and gallows here, writer TG Ford mused, ‘As the Devil was going through Hobart Gaol, he saw a solitary cell; and the Devil was pleased for it gave him a hint, for improving the prisons in hell.” It’s a bit grim, but it is an intact remnant of early Hobart Town. KAPOORS ON THE ROAD @@@@@@@

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Mar 15, 2015 - Hobart, Tasmania

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – Australia chapter Tasmania has to say about Hobart: “Australia’s second-oldest city and southernmost capital lies at the foothills of Mt Wellington on the banks of the Derwent River. Hobart’s waterfront areas around Sullivans Cove – Macquarie Wharf, Constitution Dock, Salamanca Place and Battery Point – are simply gorgeous with their neat Georgian buildings and the towering bulk of Mt Wellington behind. The town’s rich colonial heritage and natural charms are accented by a...

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Mar 10, 2015 - Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Pete called to tell us that the ship would be spending two days in Hobart, Tasmania, rather than fighting the typhoon in Fiji. Tasmania is an island just south of Australia and is part of the Commonwealth of Australia. He also sent us a beautiful picture of a rainbow there! He was excited that he did not have any gigs on the 1st evening there so would be able to stay in town as late as he wanted. An internet news site posted the following article about the ship: FIJI'S LOSS IS TASMANIA'S GAIN The unexpected return of the largest ever cruise...

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Jan 31, 2015 - Hobart, Tasmania

We stood on a sidewalk in Hobart snapping a photo of a historic building when a gentleman stepped up to us and apologized for the weather. He said he had never seen such a cold, wet summer as this one. So apparently summer weather that looks a lot like March in Western Washington is not normal for here. Days have been around 17 Celsius (62 Fahrenheit) with nights around 12 C (53 F). From Antarctica, only a couple thousand kilometers south, a cold south wind blows across the Southern Ocean with nothing to stop it. Just our luck! But of...

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2014-Australia

Dec 25, 2014 - Christmas Day

today we left Launceston and traveled south to Hobart. Stopping at the little towns of Ross and then Oatlands where we had our picnic lunch, check out the photo. Then off to Hobart with a quick visit to Richmond along the way. Nothing was open along the way, the only coffee stop was in Launceston with a stop at McDonalds for the morning coffee. We arrived in Hobart mid afternoon and after checking into our accommodation we set out to explore Hobart and see if we could get a coffee. Only place open in the whole of Hobart for a coffee was a...

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Tasmania 2014

Mar 31, 2014 - Hobart, Tasmania

We woke to a pleasant morning, chatted with some neighbors, and prepared to continue our journey to Hobart. Wait a minute - my internet access stopped working. Learned a little bit more about the Telstra pay-as-you-go internet device. Stopped for a walk in New Norfolk and managed to have hot chocolate, a sweet, and internet access. We finally left the mountains, and enjoyed the drive down the river valley toward Hobart. One of our first stops as we neared the city was the Cadberry factory. No factory tour and only a few free samples, but a...

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