Ambling Around Canberra

Parlt House Coat HangerParlt House EntranceCanberra is one of those cities oft-mentioned but  never visited, thus far. Especially in the past two years, based as I was in the next nation north of Australia, the city came up. Like capital cities everywhere, folks love to hate it and hate to love it.  On the way out of PNG, I was fortunate enough to be welcome for some meetings with various folks who work with Australian Aid, as well as various politicians  in the capital about what we’ve been accomplishing in PNG and what the unmet needs are, etc. If you’re interested in that work aspect of the visit, I say most of what I’d write in the following radio interview, taped while I was there: http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/pacific/radio/program/pacific-beat/png-family-violence-needs-local-and-overseas-attention/1281294

National Museum Lake & MtnsPalrt House to Nat Museum Pano

For those interested in a few of the sights and landscapes of this grand national capital created as a compromise between Sydney and Melbourne (which have always argued over who’s #1 in Australia…), these shots give an impression. I walked a lot. It’s a very suburban city, reminding me of the old saying “there’s no there, there.”  I suspect if you’re raising kids, it’s great; I think for a single person looking for the urban life, it would tire rapidly. As an exit-ramp from two years of hard work in PNG, it was a nice in-between station.  Here you’ll see mostly the public spaces – lots of parliament house, sculpture garden at the national gallery of art, lots of the lake and the national museum building, which is that unusual multi-colored construction by the lakeside. All the  shots have names which say what they are. Enjoy.

Nat Gallery Sculpture Garden w Frienship Mem & Nat Carillon Airborne ArtPinecone
Canberra ChurchPaul at Lake Burley Griffin Nat Gallery Sculpture 3Nat Gallery Sculpture Garden Nat Gallery Sculpture Nat Museum Sculpture Along Canberra AveOld Parlt House &  War Memorial Old Parlt House from NewPaul at Parlt HouseOld Parlt Hse & War MemorialPano Reconciliaition PlaceParlt House Flag Parlt House Side View

Recon Place & Coat Hanger Recon Place & High Court

3 responses

  1. Stephen Brockmann

    Hi Paul, I hope you’re having a great time in Central Europe. Canberra looks like a very pleasant town! I’m looking forward to seeing you soon!

    April 1, 2014 at 20:19

  2. Michael Jones

    Paul – these pictures look lovely. I’m down there (Canberra) later this week for work but rarely get the time to get around and see the sights. This was a nice reminder of what in fact
    is there. Mike

    April 2, 2014 at 00:34

  3. Bill McCuskey

    Great way to make transition to Western life……………………….

    April 2, 2014 at 01:22

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