Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Australian Adventures 2018 - Part 5


Hobart and the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens

As our week in Hobart drew to a close, we experienced the celebrations of Chinese New Years in front of the Tasmanian Parliament Buildings, where we encountered a large, colourful party that honoured the lunar new year. Wildly colourful and photogenic, the festivities were packed with people of all races. There was a nice sense of community apparent wherever we looked.

Near the Parliament Buildings, we then walked across Franklin Square, which honours Sir John Franklin’s tenure as Lieutenant-Governor of Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) before he set off on his ill-fated 1846 attempt to discover the Northwest Passage in northern Canada.

Next, we walked about 90 minutes to Hobart’s luscious Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens. Founded in 1818, the gardens are the second oldest in Australia. We visited these gardens last April and promised ourselves we would return. Lunch at the Succulent Restaurant was once again delicious. We also met friends Lindi and Denis as they explored the gardens before we four left Hobart the following day.


A fine day! Enjoy the pictures!

Lunar New Years near Tasmanian Parliament Buildings

Lunar New Years near Tasmanian Parliament Buildings

Franklin Square, Hobart. Aboriginal flag in background.
I love the juxtaposition of the flag with 
the anti-imperialist seagull!

Barcelona Cafe, Salamanca Square

Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens

Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens

Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens

Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens
Josephine's Lily, from South Africa

Near the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens

Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens
Naked Lady Amaryllis from South Africa

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