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Bill in Australia - CANBERRA

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A November 2001 trip to Canberra by billmoy

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Bill in Australia - CANBERRA

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Overview

Canberra Photo, Canberra, Australia
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Canberra is virtually the unknown capital of Australia, as most outsiders would probably guess Sydney or Melbourne. In fact, the choice of Canberra as the capital was a compromise choice over the cities of Sydney and Melbourne. The layout of the city plan was by Walter Burley Griffin, who was a pupil of Frank Lloyd Wright. On paper, the idealistic plan is uniquely organized and is laden with symbolism. However, the reality of the plan is that driving can be a confusing loopfest for the uninitiated. Unless you are familiar with the exits and intersections, you could spend much unwanted time circling about on various cloverleafs and roundabouts. The City of Canberra is surrounded by satellite citi...Read More

Rydges Canberra

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Hotel

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The Rydges Canberra Hotel (formerly Rydges Lakeside) is a 15-story convention style hotel with 205 rooms located on the London Circuit of the City of Canberra. It is easily spotted on the horizon, but maddening to get to because of the convoluted design of the roadways. My room on the fifth floor (I asked for a higher floor but was told that the hotel was nearly full due to a convention) was decent enough, but my friend commented on the lack of width of the beds (they were twin size, not double size). The decor was a bit dated, but I did enjoy stepping outside on the concrete balcony. My friend did make use of the self-serve laundry room down the hall, which took his mind off of his narrow bed. ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 15, 2002

Rydges Canberra
LONDON CIRCUIT
Canberra, Australia 2601
61-2-6247 6244

Rincon Latino

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Restaurant

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I have this little tradition since 1994 where I have Thanksgiving dinner in a foreign country: 1994-Berlin 1995-Parati, Brazil 1996-Nimes, France 1997-Rome 1998-Beijing 1999-Kyoto 2000-San Jose, Coata Rica 2001-Canberra My 2001 Thanksgiving dinner was at Rincon Latino, a little Peruvian/Latin American restaurant tucked away in the City area of Canberra. I had a tender and tasty pork roast with vegetables. My dessert was a serving that resembled some sort of prune jelly, apparently a Peruvian specialty although I had not encountered it in any restaurants in Peru. It was slightly sweet and was served with cream, good but not earthshaking. Our outdoor cafe...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 15, 2002

Rincon Latino
5 Garema Place
Canberra, Australia 2601
+61 (0)2 6248 0840

Parliament House

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Attraction | "New Parliament"

Parliament House Photo, Canberra, Australia
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The Parliament House is far and away the one "must-see" sight in Canberra. The modern new Parliament, the home of Australia's Federal Parliament body, is the replacement for the old whitewashed building just north of Capital Hill. This building, designed by Romaldo Giurgola of the architectural firm Mitchell Guirgola and Thorp Architects, was the result of a prestigious design competition in 1978. Giurgola designed the new Parliament to act as the physical and symbolic focal point of Canberra and the nation. It was officially christened by Queen Elizabeth II on May 9, 1988. The most striking element is the central flagmast towering 81 meters over Parliament. The flagmast looks like a gigantic f...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 15, 2002

Parliament House
Capital Hill
Canberra, Australia
+61 (2) 62777111

Peoplescape

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Attraction

Peoplescape Photo, Canberra, Australia
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Peoplescape is the spectacular art project that covers most of the lawns of the New Parliament and the Federation Mall, in honor of the Centenary of the Federation of Australia. An army of thousands of two-dimensional figures celebrates the accomplishments of nominated Australian heroes, some famous, some somewhat famous, some regular folk. It is fun to walk around these six-foot-tall figures and try to recognize celebrities depicted, usually in colorfully abstract collage form. This temporary exhibit was free and did an excellent job of illustrating the collective spirit of Australia. There was even a national TV special in Australia celebrating some of the people depicted by the colorful Peop...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 15, 2002

Peoplescape
Capital Hill
Canberra, Australia