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Tassie Day 2: Hobart

Having landed in Hobart the day before, and having spent the night at the local airport hotel, we took it slow in the morning. Partly because this was vacation after all, partly because this was the last night for a week and a half that we would have a proper bed, partly because this was the last time in a week and a half that there would be a TV, but mostly because we could only pick up our camper-van at 12:30h.

But even the nicest budget hotel room gets boring after a while, so we packed our bags, dropped them off at reception and went for a walk.

The weather was nice enough to go out in t-shirts and shorts.
The weather was nice enough to go out in t-shirts and shorts.
Unfortunately, there was not really a walking path next to the 80 km/h road.
Unfortunately, there was not really a walking path next to the 80 km/h road.
But at least we walked past the airport and were able to watch a plane take off.
But at least we walked past the airport and were able to watch a plane take off.
There it goes!
There it goes!

The destination of the walk was Barilla Bay, a seafood restaurant, store and oyster farm. Unfortunately there were no tours of the farm that day, so we only browsed the store and left again.

Barilla Bay specializes in oysters, abalone's and other seafood.
Barilla Bay specializes in oysters, abalone’s and other seafood.

By the time we got back to the hotel, it was time to pick up the camper-van. So we took the shuttle to the airport to collect our mobile home for the next week and a half. (See title image.)

Since we still had half a day in Hobart, we decided to follow the tip from colleagues and tourism guidebooks and go see Mona. Mona is a “Museum of Old and New Art”, and is more or less the private collection of millionaire David Walsh.

The architecture is quite modern and plays with different styles and materials.
The architecture is quite modern and plays with different styles and materials.
The view is quite nice from the terrace. (And you can also see the bay.)
The view is quite nice from the terrace. (And you can also see the bay.)
The expansive terrain also features restaurants and other outdoor areas.
The expansive terrain also features restaurants and other outdoor areas.
The museum itself if buried beneath the earth.
The museum itself if buried beneath the earth.
You take a lift to the the bottom and make your way back upstairs.
You take a lift to the the bottom and make your way back upstairs.
Some of the art on display is quite technical.
Some of the art on display is quite technical. Here, water droplets are programmed to form different words.
There are also activities and interactive art.
There are also activities and interactive art.
With quite nice results.
With quite nice results.

One of the center-pieces of the collection is the Cloaca Professional: a machine that creates crap. Literally. It emulates the human digestive system, gets fed twice a day and shits once. Hence the smell.

The Cloaca Professional: the smell was quite overwhelming.
The Cloaca Professional: the smell was quite overwhelming.

All in all, I found the museum a bit underwhelming. While the buildings and grounds themselves are what I would consider good architecture, the collection itself did not really leave an impression. Maybe I am just too traditional and too used to the state galleries in Europe.

Leaving from Mona, we decided that we would drive to Richmond (20 minutes away) to go to the campsite there. This would be the first of three nights we spend there.

Driving through the dusk.
Driving through the dusk.
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4 thoughts on “Tassie Day 2: Hobart

  1. Geweldig hoor al die blije koppies!!Nu thuis weer Nat feestdag.Was het droog zodat Kai kon tennissen?Heeft hij nog gewonnen?Luka veel plezier gehad met vriendinnetje?wij net dagmenu op hier in StAygulf heerlijk!

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  2. Ja. Der Geruch ist sicherlich underwhelming gewesen. Passt ihr alle in das kleine Wohnmobil? Macht mal Photo. Und nun, auf zum Tassie Devil?

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