Canberra : Australian War Memorial

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We had a very slow start this morning as Sarah had been sick all night so neither her or Leanne had gotten much sleep. The other girls chatted and played upstairs, Kevin & I used our laptops. Noel woke and we started having breakfast. Today was hot cross buns (and an orange). Then eventually Leanne & Sarah surfaced around 10am. Sarah was feeling better and pushed herself to go out – which in hindsight was probably not the best idea.

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Around 11am we were finally all ready to leave

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for todays destination – the Australian War Memorial – quite fitting with Anzac Day being on Monday.

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Unfortunately when we arrived Sarah starting feeling poorly again and spent most of the time here sitting or lying on various lounges.

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We checked out some of the exhibits…

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Then watched a presentation/film on the Berlin bombing during WWII. But what the kids really wanted to do was hit the kids Discovery Zone. So Amy & the guys went off to explore some more and Leanne & I took the other girls to play. They had a lot of fun. Flying helipcopter…

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Playing in the bunks on a submarine – they did this for AGES.

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Getting dressed up.

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Exploring the trenches.

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This was a great area and I think were here for a good hour, maybe more. Unfortunately my feet were really painful again today (so hoped they wouldn’t be in the cooler weather) so I wasn’t up to do a lot of walking around.

Everyone was hungry by now to we decided to get lunch at the cafe.

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Unfortunately the vegetarian options were very slim (only a chargrilled vegetable wrap – which I’m not fond of – and a spinach quiche – which I didn’t feel like) so Amy & I both ordered wedges. Something I very rarely do. Luckily they were very yummy.

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We sat outside as inside was crowded and noisy. It was cool but lovely none-the-less.

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There was still lots more to see inside but the kids were ready to leave so we headed out to see the Hall of Memory.

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The four pillarsĀ  represent the four ancient elements: earth, air, fire and water. They represent the all the landscapes and climates where Australians have served and died.

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And the roll of honor. These places always choke me up – so many deaths and so much heartache. There are over 102,000 names of Australians who died serving our country.

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We then had a bit of a photo shoot.

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And finally left just before 3pm.

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Back at the apartment the girls run upstairs to their rooms to play and hang out, Kevin tried to have a snooze and the rest of us chatted and relaxed the afternoon , and evening away. I was in charge of dinner tonight – pasta with tomato sauce.

One comment

  1. Vanessa says:

    I love the War Memorial – so much to look at and read. We are back up at Mum and Dad’s again as Dad has had a bit of a “turn”. I’m so glad it’s the school holidays so I can support them both a little bit. enjoy the rest of your Easter. is the weather cold done there? it looks quite nice in your pics.

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