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Hobart, Tasmania

Posted by peggyhora on April 4, 2010

Room with a View

Okay, I’ve done Tasmania. Or as much of it as I’m likely to do.  I came over Friday morning at 0:dark30 and leave in the morning to be back in Adelaide by noon.  Unlike in the US, Australia takes Good Friday and Easter Monday off so I had four days to travel.  I’m in a nice hotel with a view of the harbor. I took four tours from the harbor to the City; Mt. Wellington to the City of Richmond which dates from the 1820’s.  This city was originally built by convicts and mostly out of sandstone.  Many from the 1800’s still stand today.  Richmond is a cute town about 30 minutes out of Hobart.  They let us off for two hours of shopping, about 1 hour and 45 minutes too long for me.  Tasmania was the first to have parking meters (1955); the oldest Catholic church in the country (St. John’s); the oldest brewry, gaol (1826) and casino in AU; and, the oldest bridge still in continuous use.  On

Hobart Bridge

Saturday I went to Salamanca Market, a combination of fruits and veg, food stalls (lamb gyros, rich Tasmanian ice cream, pasties, sausages with grilled onions), some home made goods and plastic crap from China.  I took a little walk through Cascade Gardens and visited the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens.  The highlight of the trip however was the opportunity to have dinner with Chief Magistrate Michael Hill and Magistrate Michael Daly.  The rule was if your name was not Michael you could not come to dinner.  We instantly hit it off and talked for almost three hours over a wonderful steak dinner at a classic Hotel Astor, the oldest restaurant in Hobart serving since 1922.  It’s amazing to me how alike the judges are all over the world.  We care about the same things, have the same worries and still deliver justice daily.  On Easter Sunday, a light plane lost power and landed on the Booker Highway, the most used road in the state.  Miraculously, no one was killed.  Tomorrow, back to Adelaide to work on what I’ve ignored for three days.  Tuesday is the start of another busy week and starts with a radio interview on Tuesday morning.

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