a statue in Civic Centre...really, how else can you interpret this?
Canberra, Australia's capital, is a weird city. It was purposfully created. The area was decided upon because it's relatively halfway between Sydney and Melbourne, the two largest cities. There was a contest held for the design of the city and Burly Griffin won...with his design mimicking Washington DC and Paris. So they just built a city in the middle of nowhere...and you can tell. There's no old buildings or anything, everything is very symetrical and concrete. There's two main parts of town; Civic Centre and Capital Hill (Parliament) and the two "circles" of towns are separated by straight offshooting streets that cross Lake Burly Griffin. Civic Centre is the shopping/eating area of town, and where I stayed.
It is built around an octagon which has the library. To the left is the shopping and pedestrian malls, to the right is more businesses and Australian National University. The shopping centre is based around a HUGE mall, Canberra Centre, which is made up of a few buildings. The only nice thing about the mall was the fruit market where I overdosed on grapes and dried apricots.
Parliament is very much organized like Washington DC. There's the Old Parliament House which isn't used for government anymore, but still set up and you can walk through it. It's your typical white 1920's style building...and lots of wood inside. Wood desks, wood chairs, wood panels galore. I did learn that it's color coded (as is the New Parliament House). Red is for the Senate, and they have red rugs/chairs. Green is for the House, and blue is for the shared spaces. New Parliament House is UGLY and oh-so-modern. It literally is built IN a hill...you can walk up hill on grass to the roof...which is grass. Inside is all marble and stone and nothing very interesting...perfectly symetriacl on the Senate and House sides. I splurged on a fruit salad at the cafe and ate outside with the obnoxious birds. They are SOO loud and never stop talking...and they talk weird...not like normal birds!