Thursday, January 06, 2011


After exploring the East Coast of Tasmania we drove south to Hobart, the capital, and largest city in Tasmania.  Hobart was settled in 1803 as a penal colony and to this day maintains an air of history.  Hobart is a gorgeous and well preserved city of old brick buildings with a charming and vibrant waterfront.  This time of year is summer down under, and busy time in Tasmania.   Hobart is home to the Taste of Tasmania, a week long celebration of the amazing food and wine of the region.  We spent several days sampling all the goodies at the Taste.  At the same time,  the Sydney to Hobart race boats were arriving at Hobart's Constitution Dock.  The race is a challenging 1170 kilometers from Sydney to Hobart.  Even though it is summer the weather and seas can be treacherous.  This is not  a race for the faint-hearted.  Our first evening we were fortunate enough to watch Wild Oats the winning race boat enter the harbor from our hotel balcony.  It seems a hotel mix up got us upgraded to a three bedroom penthouse overlooking the harbor.  Our good friends Helen and Glyn and their three small daughters, who we know from San Diego were visiting family in Tasmania.  It was the perfect place for a wonderful reunion. 
hanging with Glyn
Constitution Dock
Taste of Tasmania
summer berries at the Taste
our amazing upgrade
race boats
Sydney to Hobart sailors
view of the waterfront
lunch with Millie and Zoe
Wild Oats wins the Sydney Hobart

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