Wonderful time in Canberra

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The Mall running from the National War Memorial to the Parliament House.

While on our trip to Australia we headed down from Sydney to the Capital Territory of Australia, Canberra, to visit with Rebecca's brother Giles.

While most would tell you that there is not much to do or see here I have to say that we did find a few fun and interesting things to do.

First, Canberra is much like Washington D.C. (only much smaller) in that it is built around the Federal Government with a Capital building, a mall, museums and monuments.

I would strongly suggest visiting the National War Memorial as the one museum to see.  Here you get to see the major and minor battles of WWI, WWII, Korea and Vietnam from the Australian perspective.  I found it of particular interest that during WWII the Japanese attached Sydney harbor with 3 mini subs much like they tried to do at Pearl Harbor.

National War Memorial
  To be fair their intended targets were US ships but it is interesting just the same.  Over all the museum is really well done and a real thrill to any history buff.

In addition to the museum it is also the National War Memorial with the names of every Australian to die in war since the founding of the country.  This memorial includes the tomb of the Unknown Soldier, an eternal flame and they play taps at the memorials closing every night.

The second activity which I would highly recommend is taking a bike ride around Lake Burley Griffen which is the man made lake in the center of the town named after the American architect who designed the layout of the Canberra.  There is a bike hire and cafe on the North shore of the lake just West of the commonwealth Avenue Bridge in Commonwealth Park.  The ride is about 34 kilometers and only cost $20 dollars for a two hour rental if you ride fairly fast.  On the ride you see the damn that created the lake, the old capital, many nice parks and even a few pieces of art.

The last activity which I try to do when every visiting a foreign capital is to find the US Embassy.  Most of the embassies are located just West of the Capital Building (Parliament House) and all are fun to see.

Until my next stop,

Cheers,

Michael

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The Mall running from the National…
The Mall running from the Nationa…
National War Memorial
National War Memorial
Me, Rebecca and her brother Giles.
Me, Rebecca and her brother Giles.
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