Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Hobart, Tasmania: Where I see RAINBOWS above my head!

Hobart is Tasmania’s harbour capital and Australia’s smallest and most historic capital in close proximity to beautiful natural surrounds. In fact, one of the first things I noticed when I landed in the Hobart Airport (although my camera was unable to capture it) was the rainbow. It is beautiful and long. It reminded me of a poem called "RAINBOW of Prayer".

When you are financially in the RED - PRAY
When you are feeling low and BLUE - PRAY
When some unthinking person tells a WHITE lie on you - PRAY
When you are unhappy and in the PINK - PRAY
When tempted to turn GREEN with anger - PRAY
When accused of being a YELLOW because you refuse to indulge in sin - PRAY
And before you know it, you'll have a RAINBOW above your head.
Hobart also has a provocative mix of historic and contemporary art and culture. It is a city of warm sandstone, bright spinnakers on the water and fish punts at the docks.

From what I read on pamphlets, Hobart was settled in 1804 by Lieutenant Governor Collins and grew rapidly as the clearing house for British and Irish convicts. Its place on the Derwent River became the perfect protected deepwater harbour.

Salamanca Place - you will find 19th-century waterfront warehouses dating back to the 1830s whaling days.

Battery Point - you will see polished glass winks in the windows of settlers' cottages and brass doorknobs gleam in the lofty porches of colonial edifices.

Parliament House looks out on its lawns.

Learn about the Island and the city's history and contemporary life at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery on Macquarie Street.

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