Monday, June 22, 2009

Australiana 101

Remember how I told you how my Mama always remind Brad and I to learn Australian history? Well, she didn't just give us books to read, she also took us to visit Canberra, the capital city.

It wasn't a long drive, only about three hours via the M5. However, we also stop by towns like Goulburn along the way so it felt like forever. For novices, never ever visit Canberra on a weekend. Compared to the hustle bustle of Sydney, Canberra is one "dead" city. It's so quiet, no traffic at all. Basically, it's a city of two large roundabouts and one bridge over the lake, said my Mama.

It is basically a very well planned city that actually forces its residents to adopt a relaxed lifestyle. I like that! I saw more people riding bicycles than driving cars. So, if we were to move there, the possibility of this cat getting run over by a car is very slim indeed. That, I like too.

We spent the day admiring the flora and fauna by the lake. Lake Burley is man-made but looks as if it's been there forever. Too bad we weren't allowed to take pictures inside the buildings we visited but no prob. There's plenty of the outsides.

Mama said we'll come again in spring to visit the tulip show and go on the hot air balloon ride. I'd like that very much too.


My new friends!!! These birds don't seem scared of cats...very friendly. Perhaps they know we prefer canned tuna than gamey birds


Captain Cook is remembered always...the globe depicts his voyages around the world


Gorgeous autumn/winter colours - I like!!!


Tourists admiring the view?


An arty farty installation at the National Art Gallery


The Telstra Tower used to be the "in" thing back in the 1980s


New parliament house


Old parliament house


People's parliament? The Australian PM did say "Sorry" last year


No, I don't think they allow cats to enter the casino

12 comments:

VampyVictor said...

hehe Momma used to be a little bit of a rev head in her youth and used to go to Canberra every year.
She thinks it looks much prettier in your pictures, all nice and Autumn y :)
V-V

Cat-in-Sydney said...

What could she be doing there then? Those days you could lie in the middle of the street and no car will run over you...it is very pretty at this time of year though. V-V, next time we'll take you with us too, ok? purrr purrr...

Cheqna said...

Canberra looks lovely, your Mama should ask me along too..waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cat-in-Sydney said...

Dream on Cheqna, dream on.....purrr purrr...meow meow meow...

Sam said...

hello! nice blog you have here:)

Cat-in-Sydney said...

Hi Sam! Nice of you to drop by too...Now I can add another country (yours - Philippines) to my list of dreams...This cat loves buko juice too! meow!

mamasita said...

Meeooww..purrr,
this is my 3rd time reading your entry..I just can't figure out a suitable comment other than wow..so nice of your mama to take you all for an exciting trip to Canberra..

Naz said...

Meow!
Dropping by to get a taste of your place.
Verdict: Yummmmm
:p

Cat-in-Sydney said...

Mamasita, we can't be cooped up at home all the time...even cats need to see the world, you know...and spread the love.

Cat-in-Sydney said...

Naz, thank you thank you....love you peaches...yummm yummm...come for peaches picking in January...purr purrr...

masterwordsmith said...

You are very lucky to have your mama take you here and there for a hands-on experience of Aussie history!!

Did you fall in love with any cats there??? *winks*

Take care and love to you all....

Meowishly yours,
mws

Cat-in-Sydney said...

Masterwordsmith, we are lucky coz there are many pet friendly accommodations in this country. So, travel is easy. We're apartment dwellers so we always look forward to any outing. purr purr...
Unfortunately didn't bump into any furry feline in Canberra...sigh...XOXO