Friday, December 3, 2010

So much to do in Canberra!

There is so much to do in Canberra!! Even if we did feel a bit like bushies who had just come in from way out, and everyone else was wearing matching, clean clothes. We still jam packed our days there. First day was great. It started with sunshine, but we still had to go to the indoor Questacon. The boys would have chewed my arms off otherwise. Brilliant

There was so much to see and do there. All hands on, all related, in some way to science, and with people there who could answer questions.
John had a question from the day before about the speed of the earth... answered.

Games to play, Weather to understand. Worth spending as much time as you can here.

Next day we thought we could fit in a few things...wrong. Once we got to the National Museum, spent ages in the Canning Stock Route Exhibition (on until end Jan I think), in which I cried again (I do seem to cry a lot) as I remembered all of those brilliant people who we had met along the way. I suddenly felt so lost without them nearby.

The rest of the Museum was brilliant too, A KZone where there were vehicles to design,

and a journey through Australia, our emotions, our plants, our people, our animals.

This took a whole day, in which Canberra rained for the entire day. Our tent seems to be getting a little leakier...or the rain is rainier...or it is sick of the rain. Either way, it leaked. Lucky to have swimming towels, and tarps. Time to tarp up. The huge bubble of water that was sitting on the roof looked like it was going to pop right through when we got back. Glad we got back when we did!

Next day it was getting colder (still wet), a visit to the Australian War Memorial exceeded our expectations and nicely wrapped up all of the war memorabilia we have seen around the country. It gave it all a sense of place and presence. We went on a guided tour which was brilliant to get all of that inside knowledge. Not a word of complaint from anyone about being there for two hours.

Great fun at the end for the boys playing in the hands on area "Discovery"

A great view from here down to New and Old Parliament house down Anzac parade (nice and clean and shiny in the wet!!)

From there we went for a look at the Mint (because it makes cents...ha ha). Boys really loved this, movie to watch, the coin collectors in the family had a great long look at the history of coins and the rare coins, then we watched the process of making coins for a really loooonnng time.

As the rain continued to pelt down, we managed to squeeze in one last thing, a visit to the Old Parliament House. What a great surprise this was too. There was a treasure hunt for the kids to follow which took them through every room at a great rate of knots, which was probably a good idea as we didn't have much time before they shut. It was brilliant in there. So much information and so many rooms, and so much history. We have to go back. We were all fascinated by it.

We didn't get to the tent embassy as it really was pelting down, and we figured that they were probably zipped up and keeping warm, not wanting wet soggy people coming in for a chat.

John, Pete and Matt had a quick run around the Old Parliament House gardens to have a look at the roses (I was too cold by this stage), then that was it. Time to leave Canberra. Too wet, cold and soggy for us in a tent, we loved it, but the camping bit was getting too miserable. Time to move on.

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