Travelling Australia - Journal 2015b
|17-19 April 2015
Hobart - Salamanca Market
Activity during three days in Hobart mainly revolved around the wedding we had come to attend; although we did do a little sight-seeing. The weather was cool with a bitterly cold wind blowing at times. There was a little rain, ironically it fell as the wedding was ending. Bright sun shone for much of the time and the sky was often blue.
Sightseeing was confined to looking around central Hobart and the waterfront, a visit to Salamanca Market on Saturday morning, and a short drive to the top of Mount Wellington visiting the Waterworks Reserve on the way down the mountain.
Salamanca Market is held on Saturday morning in Salamanca Place which is lined on one side with two-three story sandstone buildings. The Market began with 12 stall in 1972 at one end of Salamanca Place and has grown (and extended along Salamanca Place to reach Davey Street) to more than 300 stalls. Attendance is quoted as 25,000 to 40,000 people on each Saturday morning.
The Market has traditionally been the sales venue for many independent craftsmen, particularly living in the Huon Valley. But many stall holders import products for resale. The presence of thousands of prospective customers must be a powerful attraction for stall-holders.
We arrived not intending to buy anything in particular but ended up buying several items before returning to our hotel.
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