Category Archives: Tasmania and Yarra Valley, Australia

Hobart, Tasmania: A museum for people who hate museums

I don’t profess to know anything about art. I’ve been to museums all over the world and seen the requisite stuff.  Mona Lisa. King Tut. And everybody in between. My feeling is, good art is art that grabs you. Who … Continue reading

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Huonville, Tasmania: Apple, Inc.

Nothing like a crisp fall day in Huonville, known for its great Tasmanian apples. With a friendly “fall guy”– one of the proprietors at a local apple museum. He happens to be from the Philadelphia area; married a Tassie girl. … Continue reading

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Port Arthur, Tasmania: No escape

It’s like a scene from a horror movie: Wide shot of lush grounds and picture- postcard bay, and then pan onto prison ruins and the ghosts of Australia’s convict past. Students of Australian history know the country got its official … Continue reading

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Port Arthur, Tasmania: Face-to-face with the devils

Embarrassing to admit I’d heard of Tasmanian devils, but didn’t know exactly what they were. Rather than just look up the particulars on the Internet, I figured I’d stop in Tasmania and find out in person. I was under the … Continue reading

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Port Arthur, Tasmania: Straight up, on the rocks

Back to another clunky map; one made even clunkier by my correction: the earlier version made South Australia a continuation of Western Australia. (It’s the schoolmarm in me.) Sorry, but I need to (literally) draw the distinction between Hobart, the … Continue reading

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Oceans 57, RTW: Almost to Antarctica

Hate to go all map-crazy on you, but another one is in order here. Reason is, as I said before, I worked in Australia as a TV news producer and newspaper copy editor, and am embarrassed to admit I knew … Continue reading

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Oceans 57: Destination, Tasmania, Australia

Waiting for midnight flight from airport in Hyderabad, India, to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, as I wind my way waay southeast to Australia. It’s going to take two back-to-back flights to get there. I recharge with a lap full of Indian … Continue reading

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