Super-sized Milton Keynes

Trip Start Nov 06, 2007
Trip End Jun 26, 2008

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Thursday, February 14, 2008

To say Canberra is like a super-sized Milton Keynes is a bit unfair but we passed 4,000 kms winding around the round-abouts and many traffic lights.  It's the vision of a town-planner made real in the early 1900's and it works ok but feels a bit sterile.  We visited the National Museum of Australia (ok as museums go) and the Parliament building.  The latter was built into the side of a hill - rather clever and showcases a lot of Aussie history, artwork etc, costing a mere $1B USD.  The parliamentary system was quite interesting to hear about too (a mix of British and US) but I won't bore you with it here.

The next day we went to Australian Institute of Sport and saw the facilities and how successful they have been since creating it after a dreadful display in the 1976 Olympics when even nerdy neighbours New Zealand got more medals.  We then hot-footed it out of this very hot, sunny town back to the coast.
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