Day 42

Location:  

Hobart

Weather:  

Calendar:  

Where We Went:

The Waterfront

Hobart CBD

T20 Match, Australia vs England at Blundstone Stadium

What We Did:

Dad went to bike down Mount Wellington, so Mom and Jaci took the kids into the city, exploring Liverpool Street, Elizabeth Street, Salamanca and the waterfront.  The weather has been gorgeous all week and Hobart was spinning its charm.  We all met for a long, memorable lunch at Mures Upper Deck, the city’s top seafood restaurant, and then went to pick up our Move Yourself trailer for the roadtrip north.  We had an incredible dinner at Urban Greek, where we were treated to a mezze of delights.  Mom, Dad and Raquel went to see their first T20 Cricket Match, an international between England and Australia.  Raquel loved the fireworks every time there was a wicket or six runs, although she didn’t manage to last the full match.  We brought her home and packed our stuff.  Hobart has been wonderful, but it’s time for our next Tasmanian adventure.

What We Ate:

Lunch:  Hoo boy, where do we start!  At Mures Upper Deck, the kids had fish crumbed with almond and panko, and the best chips we’ve had in Australia.   The adults had Tasmanian scallops (except Mom, she’s allergic), Pirates Bay Octopus, melt in the mouth salmon sashimi, oysters on the half shell served in different ways (our favourite was the Canadian), and Mures’ famous line caught trevalla, a buttery white fish caught just three days ago on the restaurant’s own boat!   Creme Brulee, poached pear for dessert, yum!

Dinner:  Urban Greek offers a feast straight from Crete, using fine Tasmanian ingredients!   Warm, herbed pita to dip in a Tirokafteri (a spicy red pepper dip)  and Taramas (cod’s roe with lemon and olive oil), the best dolmades we’ve ever had, mouthwatering Sakagani, Piato Santorini (local salmon and white fish with fava beans, spinach, fennel, silverbeet and leek), charcoal octopus done “the Greek way”, Cheesecroquettes made from three cheeses, and lamb chops with lemon potatoes to make us dream of the home island.   Efharisto Maria and George!

Where We Ate:

Food in Hobart is something to write home about.   Although very different experiences, we loved that Mures Upper Deck and Urban Greek are both family run.

Lunch:  Mures Upper Deck

Dinner:  Urban Greek

Lamb at Urban Greek
Fresh trevala at Mures Upstairs

My Favourite Pictures Today

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Where We Slept:

Last night in our Hobart Air Bnb.  We loved this place, and we’re going to miss it.  Jaci helped Raquel make murals for the wall, while the kids had plenty of space to run around, and new toys to play with. We’re going to miss the full bath tub (especially Dad, who needed Epsom Salt soaks to recover from his very physical adventures).

We Learned:

Seafood in Hobart is amazing, and not all fish and chips are created equal.  Fullers is an amazing local bookshop, well supported by the community.  Don’t lose Go Pro parts because they’re expensive to replace.  From 2001 to 2013, taxpayers paid $50 million to eradicate an invasive fox that didn’t exist.  We learned that Hobart is the second driest capital in Australia thanks to the Mount Wellington rain shadow.  Kids love buskers (and since they always tip, buskers love kids).

Reflection of the Day

The Best Part:

The food, definitely!

The Worst Part:

Looking for parking in the Hobart CBD.

We'll Always Remember

  • Name: Harry
  • Favourite Place: Tassie
  • I Love Travel Because: I love to race in different countries
  • My Advice for Kids: Do what you love and stick to it!
  • Name: Maria
  • Favourite Place: Crete
  • I Love Travel Because: of nature and different cultures
  • My Advice for Kids: Always smile
  • Name: Will
  • Favourite Place: Kenya has always left an impression
  • I Love Travel Because: The smell is different. It puts you in a whole different place
  • My Advice for Kids: Don’t get hung up on the little things

  Today's Random Thing

  A Note from Mom and Dad

Raquel is asking to go to sleep, which is great.  We thought the fireworks, cheering crowds, dancers and ice-cream would be enough for her to make it to the end of the evening cricket match, but she tapped out at 10pm.   Fair enough.  Dad watched the final overs on TV (Australia won) and we’re just happy that she’s communicating what she’s feeling.   Gali had no problem saying goodbye to his parents tonight,, staying with Jaci, bathing and going to bed .  He didn’t want to nap yesterday and we paid for it in grumpiness.  An hour long kip in the car after a big lunch did the trick.

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