Canberra

Just back from 2 days in Canberra and we spoilt  ourselves by staying at Rydges, Lakeside. Our room was on the 11the floor with beautiful views.

Looking toward the lake, we had this view of Parliament House.
Looking the other way was Black Mountain and the Science Dome

Sunday we spent time at the Australian War Memorial, with lunch in their outside café and viewing Afghanistan: the Australian story exhibition. 
This was very moving.
The highlight of the day was the very moving Last Post ceremony, where they tell the story of one of the Diggers, whose name is on the Roll of Honour. I was asked if I would like to lay a wreath and I did so to honour 2 uncles.

Yesterday we went for a walk along the lake shore. It was lovely as it was early and very still. I stopped to take a photo of this

And found this as well.

We went to the National Library and viewed the exhibit

It was very interesting and the maps on display were amazing. It is free to view but you do need to get a ticket, so they can control the numbers.

From there we went to the National Portrait Gallery to see this
There are 56 photos of Elvis taken before he became famous. We also wandered around the gallery itself.

Before we could go to dinner we watched the rain roll in

but by the time we left it had stopped.

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