Monday, 30 July 2007
Mal and I have just returned from a long week-end in sunny Tasmania. I kid you not - it was sunny. The entire time we were there the weather was stunning. Apart from an hour or so of rain on Saturday morning, it was perfect for this time of year. There was patchy snow cover on it's highest peak (Mt Wellington) whilst at it's base the sun was shining and it was a winter warm 16 degrees!
We based ourselves in Hobart for the week-end and travelled in all directions.
What I love about Tasmania...
It is naturally beautiful, rugged, charming, artistic, welcoming and historic. The people are friendly and the hospitality genuine. Tasmanians love good food and are happy and proud to share it in magnificent surrounds.
From the center of Hobart it is an easy 15 minutes drive out of the city, travel in any direction and you find yourself in the country. The coastal and riverside driving is spectacular, with mirror reflections of yachts and waterside homes stretching toward distant land. The views are breathtaking.
Salamanca Market bustles on Saturday morning, crowded with locals and tourists alike. It is a lazy walk past stalls filled with local produce and craft, art and clothing, steaming coffee and tempting homemade treats.
A short drive south and the atmosphere is a little more subdued. Less people, little traffic and sweet sweet silence. The perfect balance of city and country all within easy reach. Space to breathe and stretch. Beautiful Tasmania.