Barbara & Lawrence in Town (Day 1)   Leave a comment

Saturday, 28 September, 2013

For the past two years I’ve been travelling up to and staying at Lawrence and Barbara’s place in the suburbs of Sydney. So I thought it was time to invite them down to Canberra to see what the Capital could do for them. We’ve been discussing it for a while now and seeing that this weekend is the first of two successive long weekends we get around this of the year and owing to the fact that Floriade is still on, we decided that this would be the perfect time.

Actually, they drove down yesterday and a arrived at my place in the late afternoon. Last night was spent in the Hellenic Club over at Woden and this morning we had a lazy English breakfast on the balcony. The stiff breeze blowing in the trees should have warned us as to what to expect later in the day, for as we ventured out to take a quick tour of Canberra, we soon realised that the planned trip to Floriade in the afternoon was out of the question, due to the high winds. Fear not, there’s always a contingency back-up plan! and today’s was a trip over to the Old Parliament House Buildings for a look round the building that housed the Australian seat of government until the New Parliament building was completed 25 year ago.

We took a look round the House of Representatives and the Senate by ourselves, but then we joined an organised tour which took us round the remainder of the building. We finished off by taking a look around the Museum of Australian Democracy which not only charted the history of democracy in Australia since the first settlers, but also the highs and lows of each Australian Prime Minister from Edmund Barton in 1901 to the latest incumbent, Mr Tony Abbott.

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Posted September 28, 2013 by yermandownunder in Observations, Out and about

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