Saturday 22 April 2017

Australian Wanderings Part 16 - Hobart and Salamanca Market

Hobart is a beautiful city of 200,000 people on the River Derwent. It is the capital of Tasmania, Australia’s smallest state, which is separated from mainland Australia by the Bass Strait, south of Melbourne. Its downtown is filled with glorious sandstone buildings and has an old-world charm to it. The deep harbour is the home of many of the ships that supply the Antarctic research stations. The Salamanca district, just west of the harbour, is the home of the much-loved Salamanca Market, held each Saturday. Over 300 vendors and thousands of people mill about each Saturday and breath in the good-natured vibe. Bill and I wandered around the market this morning, being impressed by the politeness of the crowds and the variety of goods on sale - from fabulous to tacky! Bill even found an exuberant fabric designer/maker - needless to say, cards were exchanged!

Enjoy these images of our visit to the Salamanca Market, plus more images from our mountain-top Airbnb digs. Alas, our resident wallaby fled before I could get my camera out!

That's us - exploring the possibilities!

Sunset last night

State Parliament House

Close-up of a sandstone block.

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