Vladimir Antropov

2013 Trip to Tasmania – Day 1 – Mount Wellington

Posted in Observations by Vladimir Antropov on December 25, 2013

Mt_Wellington_rocks_bushesNothing to see there. At the peak elevation of 1271 metres weather gets really crazy and scares away all vegetation except some stubborn shrubs that took their lessons from Bear Grylls. There are warning signs both on the mountain and in Wikipedia which tell the adventurers that the weather can change rapidly and warm clothes are recommended at all times. I felt it before I had time to read any signs. It was 30°C at the sea level so we arrived to the summit wearing only T-shirts. We left the car, we jumped back into the car. Next time we emerged from it we had two more layers of clothes on us and a fourth layer wouldn’t be unwelcome. (more…)

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2013 Trip to Tasmania – Day 1 – Cascade Brewery

Posted in Observations by Vladimir Antropov on December 22, 2013

Despite the tangily refreshing oak spiciness of their Chardonnays, the Ecksians weren’t the kind of people to let a brewery burn.

—Terry Pratchett, The Last Continent

Cascade_tapsIt was actually my wife’s idea. Olga isn’t that much into beer, but she liked the building. I tagged along, so to say, as I was actually driving her there, and didn’t regret it.

We didn’t take a brewery tour but went straight to the visitor’s centre. At the entrance we were each given a crown cap which was an equivalent of a discount voucher in the beer garden, or in Minecraft terms, a crafting ingredient – if you put together a crown cap and a 50 cents coin you would get a glass of fresh beer – pure magic! (more…)

2013 Trip to Tasmania – Day 1 – Bargain Car Rentals

Posted in Actions by Vladimir Antropov on December 17, 2013

Bargain Car Rentals office was closed. We arrived to Hobart Airport at 10 am on Sunday, their working hours started at 9 am but the office was closed. There was a piece of paper on the door with a phone number which I was asked to call if the office was unattended. As it was a mobile number, I assumed that it belonged to a local office worker. I dialled it and explained that I was waiting at the office door.

“What office?” I was asked. Well, I knew that Hobart wasn’t a big city so maybe they had just one employee who served all Hobart offices on request.

“Airport,” I replied.

“In which city?” asked the person on the other end with a note of annoyance in the voice. My next thought was too crazy to think. Could it be that the same guy served all… nah, impossible! (more…)

Hamilton Island

Posted in Actions, Observations by Vladimir Antropov on December 10, 2013

Hamilton - aerial viewIn June last year we spent a week on Hamilton Island. In many respects it was a unique trip. For one thing, it was our first beach holiday in Australia, the kind when after breakfast you ask yourself what you are going to do all this time before lunch. In contrast, our previous holiday trips were thoroughly planned affairs which involved booked motels (a different one each day), long hours behind the steering wheel and, the worst of it, early wake-ups, because you only had so much time before the sunset. (more…)

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Road To Nowhere

Posted in Observations by Vladimir Antropov on January 10, 2012

Driving from Port Stephens to Sydney I came across this sign:

Since my destination was Sydney, I turned left, no problems, but looking at the sign I couldn’t help wondering why someone bothered to build the road to the right…

 

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Thanks God It’s Friday

Posted in Actions by Vladimir Antropov on April 7, 2011

This will be my screensaver tomorrow:

 

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Everglades

Posted in Observations by Vladimir Antropov on March 25, 2011

As I said before, the garden around Norman Lindsay Gallery was not a masterpiece. To complement the experience we headed to another National Trust property – Everglades – which was all about landscape art.

Everglades appeared to be a large park with numerous terraces built on a rather steep slope ending with a spectacular drop. It was commissioned by a Feltex carpet merchant and cost him, in modern money, 25 million dollars. I wonder if it was an attempt to buy a piece of happiness, because he didn’t seem to have a blissful family life. When he died in 1962 his will revealed that the park was left to National Trust, not to his wife. (more…)

Norman Lindsay Gallery

Posted in Observations by Vladimir Antropov on March 7, 2011

Recently we went to Blue Mountains and visited two National Trust properties – Norman Lindsay Gallery and Everglades.

Norman Lindsay Gallery and Museum are located in Faulconbridge, a few turns away from Great Western Highway. Each turn has a large brown sign directing visitors to the gallery, so it is easy to get there even without a GPS. However, such a device may be handy on the way back, as no one cared about marking the route from the gallery to the highway.

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Power Plant at Darling Harbour

Posted in Observations by Vladimir Antropov on January 23, 2011

Recently we visited Power Plant at Darling Harbour, an exhibition presented by Sydney Festival and Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority in Chinese Garden of Friendship. I didn’t have any expectations – it was my wife’s idea and I simply tagged along. What I found there was one of the most dazzling experiences in my life. Below is my account of the visit – spilled dragées of impressions coated in words. (more…)

The Harbour City

Posted in Observations by Vladimir Antropov on January 13, 2011
The Sydney Opera House on Bennelong Point.
Image via Wikipedia

Yesterday I talked to my colleague about Brisbane flood alert:

He: Oh my God, in Brisbane they have a river flowing through the city.
I: Yes, just like in Sydney.
He: We don’t have a river in Sydney.
I: We do – it’s Parramatta River.
Puzzled look, then: Oh, right!

This just shows how much Sydney is the Harbour City in Sydneysiders’ psyche. Interestingly, the first settlers chose this location for Sydney not because of beautiful harbour views and not because it would be a nice place to build an opera house and a bridge. Their immediate concern was a source of fresh water, and it was humble Tank Stream that they built their settlement around.

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