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» Flying Legends air show 2008, United Kingdom
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» Ansett Transport Museum, Australia
» War Memorial, Australia
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:: War Memorial, Canberra, Australia ::

Australia's capital Canberra is an unusual curiosity. Founded as a compromise to end the disagreement between Sydney and Melbourne, it's a grand planned city. However step off the main strip of mammoth architectural gems and it instantly feels like a green suburb.

I made my way here because of the the colorful history described by Bill Bryson in "In A Sunburned Country", but I suspect I enjoyed the city more than he did. Once I arrived, a plan formed for the next two days from the visitor center leaflets. Surprisingly the visitors center materials overlooked several fun places - like an astronomical observatory and nearby NASA deep space communication complex.

My first day consisted of many happy (but decidedly non-geeky) hours visiting the National Museum (excellent), main strip (interesting, except for the unimaginative fountain), Dinosaur museum (boring) and generally looking around.

The next day I visited the places found through the internet. First of all was the War Memorial. Which, it turns out, is not a memorial at all. It's actually of large war museum.

When watching the Discovery or History channel, you do know that Australia has been involved in many campaigns in the service of king and country. But the knowledge is always on the periphery. Here the entire history has been clearly laid out from the first World War all the way to Vietnam and beyond in interesting themes.

As far as aviation goes, there are many interesting British as well as Japanese and German exhibits. This being a war museum, all exhibits are clearly military in nature. Overall a nice museum and it clearly showed from the visitors faces - everybody from old veterans to young school groups to families. Recommended when in Canberra.

What else to do in and around Canberra? I enjoyed the NASA Deep Space Communication Complex visit.

Further information:
- War Memorial photos
- NASA Deep Space Communication Complex visit report
- NASA Deep Space Communication Complex photos
- Australian War Memorial (official site)


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