January 16, 2019

Our Trip to Australia, Part Four - Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race

If you’re fortunate enough to be in Tasmania, Australia for the finish of the annual Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race hosted by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, I highly recommend you watch these magnificent boats come in - the excitement is amazing.

Since its inaugural race in 1945, the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race has become one of the top three offshore yacht races in the world. It is also widely considered to be one of the most difficult competitions of its kind. Last weekend, I shared photos from the start of the race in Sydney. The finish line of the Yacht Race is located off Castray Esplanade on the River Derwent in Hobart. 

Here are more photos - enjoy.

January 15, 2019

Our Trip to Australia, Part Three - Museum of Old and New Art

If you’re ever in Tasmania, Australia, and want to visit a most intriguing and inspiring museum, I encourage you to make a stop at the Museum of Old and New Art, MONA - it is among the biggest attractions on the island state.

MONA was founded by art collector, entrepreneur and businessman, David Walsh and opened in January 2011. Thousands of visitors tour the museum every year to see its enormous collection of ancient, modern and contemporary pieces. Alexis, Jude, Truman, Pamela and I loved this museum. In fact, my grandson told David that visiting MONA was “perhaps one of the best three days of [my] life.”

Here are some photos - enjoy.

January 14, 2019

Our Trip to Australia, Part Two - Tasmania and Its Wildlife

There’s so much to see in Australia - if you’ve never been, I encourage you to make the trip.

After a glorious, but brief stay in Sydney, Alexis, Jude, Truman, Pamela, and I traveled to the island state of Tasmania, also known colloquially as Tassie - the 26th largest island in the world. We spent several days in its capital city of Hobart, filled with picturesque views, rugged mountains and captivating wildlife. One of the highlights of our trip was a visit to the Bonoring Wildlife Sanctuary, a rescue center for endangered and injured native animals. Enjoy these photos.

But first, a few scenic images from our plane taken by my granddaughter, Jude - she is an avid photographer.