Salmanca and Port Arthur

Trip Start Jan 05, 2011
Trip End Jan 22, 2011

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Saturday, January 15, 2011

Day 12- Salamanca and Port Arthur

Well today was going to be a big day. Our first stop being an early get up to get to Salamanca Market at 8:30. Salamanca market was really good. There were many stores, I got some earings and Anthony bought a pen, some gemstones and a really cool replica of a Lord of the Rings sword, which we had to pick up later near Port Arthur. We spent a few hours at the Market, before heading home for a quick breakfast.

We got to Port Arthur at about 1pm and were handed the maps and a playing card each. The playing cards were used  in the gallery downstairs. You use your card to follow the story of a convict. For example I had the 6 of spades. Which meant the convict I was to follow was George Perryman. During the visit in the Gallery I found out that George was first imprisoned because he stole some food and coins. He was sent to Port Arthur because of disobience to his master. I found out many more things about him including that he ended up happily married at died at the age of 88 after being pardoned from his crimes.

After exploring the Galley we headed out on the walking tour. Although we didn't go into any buildings our guide pointed out the parts of the site and explained how Port Arthur operated. It was very interesting.  Next was the Harbour cruise which took us out past Isle of the dead (Port Arthur Cemetery) and Point Peur  Boys Prison. Port Arthur is actually a beautiful place, and you see most of that from the water.

We explored the rest of the grounds and enjoyed looking at the parts of the prison, we could have done with more time as we did not get to see everything.  At night we returned to Port Arthur after getting Anthony’s replica sword and got ready to go on the ghost tour. Now I have done a lot of ghost tours in the past, but this one was definitely the scariest one I have been on. I am not sure if this is because of the site or the stories or just the guide. But it was a really enjoyable tour. Anyone who gets Andrew as a tour guide is very lucky.

After that we started the long trek back to Hobart. It really was a good day.
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Helen Harvey on

This day sounds like great fun.

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