The day started with a short run along the shore. We saw the same group of Big Mums ( and Dads) fan dancing in the park again. What a horrible scene!

 

Big mums and dads dancing

Big mums and dads dancing

 

It was the Australia Day public holiday so instead of relying on the infrequent bus service, we decided to walk to Sandy Bay. It was already pass 10am, but there was hardly any people on the road. We walked along Sandy Bay Road and saw a tiny busy cafe called Sash Coffee. We decided to try it out but we’re disappointed. We continued to walk to Wrest Point because we thought some events would occur to celebrate Australia Day. It was definitely mentioned in the news. But there was nothing. The place was still sleeping like the rest of Hobart! We walked along the shore and finally found where regatta was. But it was already done and most of the people have left.

 

German Bakery

German Bakery

 

On the way back to the city, we had a simple lunch at a local bakery called Sandy Bay Bakery and Cafe . The croissant could be the best in Hobart. Following the street sign we arrived at Battery Point. This was the second time we visited Battery Point in these three days, still we felt we didn’t have enough time. The place was interesting and full of character!

Before returning to the hotel, we went to the Salamanca fresh food market to buy another bag of their locally produced super crunchy apples. We were not disappointed.

Now lying in the hotel room bed watching the Australian Open, we didn’t really want to go out. But we had to because we wanted to make the most of the sunny weather.

 

Japanese Garden

Japanese Garden

 

We walked another 6km to the Royal Botanical Garden. It was worth it. The garden was huge, colourful and free. Our destination was Japanese Garden inside the Botanical Garden. It was a small area decorated with typical Japanese water features, bridges and maples.

Back to the city, we dragged our legs to Shamrock Hotel to take the signature dishes: roast of the day and flatter head with veg. We did not realise the hotel was ranked as best of the best pub in Tasmania for a number of years. We only saw the 2014 certificate hanged on the wall next to tables outside. But a bloke saw us taking pictures of the certificate and pointed out that there were certificates of previous years hanged outside of the hotel. He suggested that we also take the one shown on the window outside.

This is a pub with well mannered Aussies. When we left the pub, two patrons drinking outside of the pub asked us to take a photo of them, the true Aussies. Of course we had no reason to reject this offer.

 

The true Aussies

The true Aussies

 

Back in the hotel we watched the Australian Open and felt extremely disappointed with Nishikori’s performance!

We walked a total of over 30,000 steps today!

(The images posted today were taken by the Leica M and the Summicron-M 35mm f/2.0.  I thought converting one of them to Black and White conveys the mood of the overcast weather.)

 

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