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Canberra today is the largest inland city and the 8th largest city in Australia.  It contains both the old and the new parliament houses (both can be toured).  As one might expect from living near Washington D.C., the capital city should be a bustling metropolis with congested roads, sailor-mouthed drivers, high rise apartment buildings and more tourist walking around than Hawaii during Japan’s Golden Week.  Tourists will be shocked to find this is not the case in this quiet capital territory just a few hours outside Sydney, Australia that literally closes down around 5P.M. daily.

The city is built around its’ heart-warming Australian War Memorial that encases all the wars and those whom served to protect the Commonwealth of Australia.  Similar to other countries’ national war memorials, there is a shrine, Unknown Australian Soldier, military planes and other artifacts to give the full visionary of what the country went through to secure its boarders and its people.  The memorial can be found directly across the city in clear view from the two Parliament houses (mentioned above) which is under close eye of the law-making politicians and its citizens.  I’d like to say it gives a daily reminder to Australians of it’s freedom from other countries but one must remember although it does run partially by a federal parliamentary democracy, it is still controlled as a Commonwealth by the British constitutional monarchy of Elizabeth II.

Similar to the United States of America capital city, the thing to do in Canberra are the museums.  Not only are their Australia cultural learning museums such as the War Memorial Museum but also the National Museum of Australia, the National Portrait Gallery, The Australian National Botanic Gardens, National Science and Technology Centre and for some reason a National Dinosaur Museum.  Most of these places are free of charge or have a small fee. Our main purpose for going to the capital was to learn of the country and its people.

At first I intended to tell you of everyday while in Australia but I think a paraphrase is a bit better since the main details with photos is the most important, right?  If anyone wants more details, please let me know and I will get back to you with them.  More photos are available on my facebook page and Pinterest.  If you haven’t already, please ‘like’ and ‘follow’ me on these pages as I update them with different information.  Thanks. Coffee Tree Roasters Coffee House in Canberra

Why can’t they drive them instead?

Stolen Generations from 1909 until around 1970

People believed Aussies grew their feet backwards- see statue depicting this idea

Walter and Marion Griffin Puppets in the Castlecrag exhibit at the National Museum of Australia which were “originally created for a theatre piece protesting against the closure and sale of Castlecrag infants’ school” and other important social events.

Nice attempt at vegan food but it was pretty tasteless. 😦

“Steamed Vegetable Dumplings and Black Vinegar Dressing” at the National Museum of Australia Cafe. Pretty tasteless… but nice option for vegans.

Where the decisions are made…

Genki Husband & Genki Kitty on Parliament House Speaker replica chair in Old Parliament House in Canberra, Australia.

View to remember the past as they press forward

Aboriginals have to seat in the gov’t so they have built their own embassy outside the old Parliament Building to fight for their rights.

Aboriginal Embassy outside Old Parliament House – they really do need a permanent seat so they can have a word too.

Surrender Table where General Yamashita Tomoyuki accepted the surrender of the defenders of Singapore. War Memorial of Australia in Canberra, Australia

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