Have you noticed that things have a tendency of happening in quick successions of three? This was certainly the case at our place just before we left to visit our capital city. First the dishwasher flooded the kitchen floor and could not be repaired. What a mess! Then, the water filter sprang a leak as well. More mess! And then, to add insult to injury, my mobile phone could not be charged no matter how many different charging cords or outlets we plugged it into. We opted to send my phone in for repair rather than buying a new one but this meant its camera went with it. Less landfill! I was given a replacement phone to use but the camera was not fantastic and so I've ended up with more blurry photos than usual. Here are some of the better ones:
While the photos turned out to be a tad disappointing, our trip to Canberra was not. It was very easy to navigate and travel around this planned city, to stroll around the shores of its lake, to glimpse the sky through the bare branches of so many deciduous trees and to visit cultural centres which tell of our collective story and experience. It seemed to us, that wherever we were in the capital, a view opened up towards the towering spire of the new Parliament House with the Australian flag fluttering robustly in the cold Winter wind.
New Parliament House
(On the one day when there was no wind to lift & flutter the flag.)
The Aboriginal Tent Embassy
(Established in 1972.)
Old Parliament House
(Now a political museum.)
Canberra's iconic Lake Burley Griffin.
(Kings Avenue Bridge.)
The lake is such a prominent feature of the city.
(View from atop Mt. Ainslie.)
(55 bronze bells play the most beautiful music.)
A single deciduous tree.
Many Winter-bare trees.
Australian War Memorial
(The dome of the Hall of Memory.)
Inside the Australian War Memorial.
(The Roll of Honour extends the length of each side, under the arches.)
A colourful entrance at the National Museum of Australia.
National Library of Australia.
(My kind of heaven!)
Fountains outside the National Library.
Suspended ball outside the National Gallery of Australia.
Flags of the Commonwealth flutter in the wind.
Australian flag flying atop Parliament House at sunset.
(View from our apartment.)