Our first experiences of Hobart as a family are great. It’s not as cold as we expected & it’s super beautiful. The boys are doing so well with travelling, and we are taking things slowly but also making sure we use our time well. We want to relax, but not do all the same things we’d be doing at home, you know?
Anyway, after getting in on our flight and catching a shuttle bus to our airbnb place it was lunch time. We headed out for a walk and picked up some chips down by the warf, and explored through town as we went to meet up with Luke’s work colleague – Japh. We grabbed a coffee with him, and then we split up – Luke & Japh to work, and Lior Eli & I to explore. I haven’t been to Hobart in years, and when I was here it was a work trip, so I didn’t do much exploring. It was really nice to just walk through the mall and arcades and get a bit of a feel for Hobart. We stopped at a supermarket to get some supplies – nappies, fruit, drinks, snacks etc.
After exploring the boys & I headed back to our house and got ourselves a bit organised there while Luke finished work. We had some Indian take-away for dinner & called it a night!
The next day we woke up at like 7:30 (I mean, we had been up like a MILLION times in the night with Eli, but this is when we actually looked at the time and got out of bed), which was a bit of a surprise. It was still pretty dark outside, but we got dressed & headed to a bakery just down the road from us – Jackman and McRoss. We had breakfast there which was really, really great, and then Luke quickly headed to work as he was already late! The boys and I headed home and got our things ready for the day. It was a bit rainy, and we were off to pick up a hire car.
Seeing as we now had a car I decided to take the boys on a little drive. We headed South West along the coast line, and when I saw a big old tower on the side of the road we stopped to see what was inside. Well it was this old shot tower, and it was a really fun little thing to see! There are HEAPS of steps, which Lior had to walk up himself as I had Eli asleep in the ergo. I am terribly afraid of heights I realise, and so walking up the creaky steps was at times a bit terrifying, but I was brave so that Lior wouldn’t be scared. It was so funny when we got to the top though because Lior would NOT go out on the ledge without holding my hand! As soon as I was holding his hand though he would tear off around the ledge and then of course I was carrying on with “Lior, just slow down! Wait, don’t touch that! Don’t go near that edge! Stop!” etc. etc. Anyway, thankfully it didn’t rain while we were up there (though it had rained on the way up, and again once we were at the bottom), so we could investigate safely.
After the shot tower we kept driving down to Kingston and the boys fell asleep in the car (if you need a reason to hire a car when travelling with kids – this is it! Haha!). We met Luke & Japh for lunch back in town and had sushi – yum!
We went for another explore, this time going down some new streets and finding alternate routes home. Because we went a new way we found a new park & this one has great big trees with turning leaves, so we have a bit of a photo shoot there (photos to come), and play in the park for the late afternoon.
Pushing both boys in the double pram up & down hills is making my legs sore, so we are totally justified in grabbing some jam doughnuts and a croissant from the bakery. :-P I eat my croissant with HOT tea (our airbnb host has stocked the fridge/pantry with a few essentially like milk, tea, coffee, oil for cooking, peanut butter etc.), and watch the rain drizzle down outside. So lovely. I actually wear Eli in the ergo for this nap because his sleep has been beyond shocking & I really feel he needs a proper sleep. This is all part of going with the flow with kids travelling – even though he doesn’t nap in the ergo at home (actually at home he has been putting himself to sleep for naps), it is the easiest way to get it done when away & in unfamiliar environments (though it took me a day or so to work it out – I’m getting quicker at changing my habits the more we travel with kids!).
Once Luke gets home we head out to Da Angelos – a local pizzeria and we have awesome pizza. We are overly critical of pizza because we can make such good ones ourself, but this is a humongous family sized pizza that needs a stand and the base is great.
So that’s our first few days in Hobart. :)
Hello Hobart – Our Family Holiday
Our first experiences of Hobart as a family are great. It’s not as cold as we expected & it’s super beautiful.