|The Fletcher's home in Lenah Valley|
We arrived in beautiful Hobart on Friday, 14th January and were picked up by our generous hosts Ken and Jan Fletcher. They had a huge Lexus 4 wheel drive which was very appropriate due to the 3 large suitcases we brought with us.
Driving from the airport to the bridge that would take us to the city very much reminded me of driving on Hindmarsh Drive in Canberra driving from Fyshwick through to Woden. Once we got to the bridge over the Derwent River I had my very first peek at Hobart City and it was beautiful.
|Ken and Rob in the dining area|
|View from their deck|
Ken and Jan drove around town giving us our first taste of the city and then drove us to their beautiful home in Lenah Valley. Their home is high up in the hills and has the most fantastic view of the suburbs and river. Absolutely breathtaking. When we arrived we felt very much at home - thank you Ken and Jan!
|Us at Salamanca Markets|
Our first night we had dinner at home and just relaxed and chatted away ready for our day out on Saturday. We went to the famous Salamanca Markets and they were amazing.
Not only was the area gorgeous but the quality of the merchandise that was being sold was fantastic. Rob and I bought a lazy susan made out of different Tasmanian woods amongst other items.
|In Salamanca Square|
We had lunch in Salamanca square then we went for another drive around the old parts of town which to me were the most interesting. I absolutely loved seeing all the little old houses (which would cost millions to own by the way). The architecture of these houses were beautiful
|Outside the Casino|
|The beautiful view of twilight at 9pm from our outside spot at the Casino|
|This Andrew looking over the attic|
bedroom where he slept
|Rob and I outside "The Shack"|
The tour started at 9.00pm and we were rugged up to guard against the chilly night.
Our group was the last one through and it seems that the tour is extremely popular and we were sensible to book our places.
|A 3D of Port Arthur at is was at its peak|
|Jan, me and Ken|
The ghost tour took 90 minutes and for most of that time I was more interested in finding places to sit as my back was killing me. I enjoyed the tour but couldn't wait to come back on the Monday for a daytime visit!
|An iconic Port Arthur view|
After a BBQ breakfast of bacon and eggs, Rob, Andrew and I went off to see Port Arthur in daylight hours. Even though I had been there that night it is absolutely completely different as you can imagine.
Our first port of call was the ferry which took us around the bay area and around the island which was where all the convicts were buried. We also got a view of where Jan and Ken have their holiday home from a different point of view!
|The memorial to those who died in the massacre|
|This is where Jan and Ken's shack is|
|A view of the barracks with the Commandant's home|
For those who are unaware of the history of Port Arthur, basically it was a place where the worst of the worst criminal offenders were sent for incarceration.
The only comparable place of the awful treatment of convicts is my home on Norfolk Island where unspeakable crimes against humanity were a daily event.
Port Arthur was a penal colony from 1830 to 1877. The most horrific place for incarceration was the Separate Prison where those poor souls were imprisoned for many many years. It was a place where the prisoners were unable to speak, see, touch, hear any other prisoner or guard and effectively lived in isolation.
|Andrew and Rob in the chapel of the Separate Prison|
We were picked up at 3.00pm by Jan and Ken and we made our way back home via Eaglehawk Neck which, in convict times, was guarded by ferocious and hungry dogs that kept prisoners from escaping from Port Arthur and making their way onto the mainland
|Andrew at the place at Eaglehawk Neck with one of the dogs.|
On the way home on Monday afternoon Ken and Jan took us to many places on natural beauty - can't remember their names anymore but they were beautiful and I'm glad I took many photos!
|Us near the blow hole|
|The blow hole|
|Having lunch at the pub at Richmond|
|Ken, Jan and I on the oldest bridge still in use in Australia|
|View from this bridge - I loved this house|
That night we all went out to Mures Restaurant for dinner where Ken and Jan's son Brandon works on a part time basis. It is a seafood restaurant which is extremely busy all the time, partly because of the lovely location but because the food is devine.
|Andrew on the waterfront next to Mures|
|Ken outside Mures Restaurant with Rob and Jan in the distance|
|Andrew with his dessert|
|The Cascade Brewery|
|Rob and me at the top of Mount Wellington|
|Rob and Ken at the top (note the concrete column)|
|Ken and Rob at the observatory|
|The concrete column from Ken and Jan's home|
|The view from the top of Mount Wellington|
|Us outside the Cadbury Factory|
I want to say a big thank you to Jan and Ken for having us for that week and they really put themselves out to make sure we had a great time and ensured we saw the most we could during our week's visit.
So we are very grateful to you and we all had a fantastic time and we really loved our time in Hobart. I, personally, think it is a great place to live as I love being near the water and having some history around the place.
We look forward to your visit to see us on Norfolk Island later this year where we can show off our island at its very best!!