04.30.2007 -17 °C
I’m combining these 2 days in Canberra because they are kind of a blur…I know that we did a lot more walking We also ate a few meals at a restaurant called The Pancake Parlor. The BEST breakfast restaurant I’ve ever eaten at HANDS DOWN. I ordered...Ha-ha…the Canadian Breakfast. I know, all the way to Australia to eat a breakfast I could get in my own country. It was bacon and pancakes with fried banana…*drool* it was amazing. I also know that on the 11th we went to the Canberra Zooquarium.
It’s a small zoo/aquarium & I liked it a lot. I like all zoos thou. We also did more walking across the bridge, over the lake to some kind of Science Center. It was alright. It was more for kids thou. On the 12th we did a bus tour of the city. It started out of downtown and went to a place called Cockington Greens.
In the brochure it looked like model homes and buildings that were old and English looking. Well, it was...but not quite like we were expecting. It was a miniature village! There were all of these little tiny houses and major buildings in the world with little people. It was pretty cute. After that the bus picked us up again and took us to the Old Parliament Building, then the New Parliament Building. Then it took us around the ‘neighborhood’ that contained all of the world embassies. It was funny because the homes of the government people were MUCH bigger than the actual embassies themselves!! Typical… The best spot was the lookout on Mount Ainsley.
It overlooked the whole city, parliament buildings and the war memorial. Canberra is a city that was built in a valley, surrounded by mountains with a big lake in the middle. It was really beautiful from up there. The tour ended at the War Memorial. I wasn’t really looking forward to this. The whole tour had been pretty disappointing so far and war things just aren’t my favorite. I was pleasantly surprised. It was beautiful but sad. The displays were actual airplanes and tanks, army uniforms covered in mud and blood. After the lookout, this was my next favorite stop. Coming out of the War Memorial, the sun was just setting behind the trees and it was a beautiful, sobering moment.