A little culture in Canberra
Trip Start Feb 26, 2010
371Trip End Feb 26, 2011
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Jugiong Showground (en route to Gundagai)
Anyway we were indeed in between the horse race track and the side cart track, it’s amazing what you can see in the light. The Lady managed to straighten her hair in the van window and we headed off into Canberra the capital of Australia. This was obviously after recording a message for our darling niece, niece Ellie whose first birthday we were missing. It was perhaps the biggest regret of our trip missing Ellie’s first year growing up. From the baby we left she was started to grow into a toddler and we are always talking about how she is starting to talk and waddle across my sister Vics kitchen floor (we have seen her do this a few times courtesy of Skype). Anyway as a now featured travel blog we can’t talk about what we miss all the time. Happy 1st Birthday Niece Ellie and Vic the message about how Ellie waved back and you cried meant the world to us.
We headed straight for the Aussie Parliament Building, it had been an aim of Lady E’s to make sure we saw Canberra and Melbourne and after all the fuel expense it looked like her wishes were coming true again.... Who wears the trousers? I still maintain I do but the Lady gets to see what the Lady wants
The Parliament building was fantastic and we really enjoyed a peaceful morning wandering between the chambers and looking down from the rooftop lawn at a truly wonderful view. Canberra is as we suspected, when we drove into the valley last night a beautiful place, lots of water, grass and parks. We both decided in an instant it’s an easy place to live. On that point however we have to say Canberra is now proud to have 50% of its citizens working in the private sector what a scary thing to be proud of? Yet still in a city so small with only 300,000 citizens and the capital being there perhaps not so surprising. We were told back in Sydney it was the logical place to choose as the capital as it would neither provoke Sydney or Melbourne – apparently the rivalry between the two cities is ferocious. The Parliament cost a fortune to build but is a very impressive building. If the truth be told though I was most impressed by the woman in the queue for security in front of us who got pulled up, when questioned if she had a knife in her bag she readily admitted "oh yes, you’re not going to take that off me though". They are still getting their stuff in order in the house though, they haven’t recognised they have a Woman Prime Minister and especially the fact it must be the first Welsh Woman Prime Minister anywhere in the world. The views from the rooftop lawn were stunning and we knew straight away why last night was so magical.
We then did a tour through the city and finally ended up at the National Museum of Australia, one of the reasons for coming here
There were lots of other great galleries too but after about 3 and a half hours we were done in and both agreed to sack off the art museum. All were free though and if driving from Sydney to Melbourne we would recommend a stopover in Canberra. It was getting late so we headed for our evening drive. We stopped at a Mcdonalds to publish our blogs, upload photos and I just could not handle the amount of kids and general business. It’s clear McDonalds must be the biggest eatery in Oz, they just love it, but the size of some of the kids must worry future generations. It just isn’t a pretty sight being in those places for so long..... So says a clinically obese man anyway. It was so noisy we heady for the car park and blocked up the drive trying to ring Erica’s Mum and Vic to wish our families a happy birthday (it was Erica’s mums birthday too). It soon got dark but instead of stopping we followed the back side of lorries aware that our hire agreement banned us from driving at night to avoid hitting the Roo’s. After a few looks at campsites we finally settled for a town showground with an honesty box. I’m ashamed to say it but we were not honest. It’s against the Aussie principals but we only dropped our change in the box to preserve local amenities and keep the village beautiful, at least we gave something though.