Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetIn the middle of spending a week at my parents house on the south coast last week, Mark and I had a quick 2 hour road trip  to Canberra, while Sunday stayed busy back at the ranch with her Nanny and Poppy. We crammed a lot in to 36 hours.. Here’s a wrap up – as seen through my iPhone. And, it’s official…Canberra is cool!

We stayed at the fairly new and very hip Hotel Hotel – which is in the middle of the NewActon village. We had a light dinner (after a big lunch – see below) at the very close A. Baker and enjoyed a yummy breakfast at Monster kitchen and bar (I highly recommend the home made crumpets). Definitely a great area to bunker down when visiting our nation’s capital, there is just so much happening in this precinct.

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The big lunch I mentioned above was a decedent spread at the delicious Asian fusion restaurant, Akiba. We chose the ‘just feed me’ option where the kitchen selects 8 of their favourite dishes. We weren’t disappointed. Pictured above are the kimchi pancakes and the pork belly bun with slaw. Hooly dooly – these dishes are worth a trip to Canberra alone.

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Australian War Memorial – pictured above is the beautiful domed ceiling in the tomb of the unknown soldier.
Old Parliament House
National Gallery of Australia – pictured above is my favourite painting of the day, the sweet work by Margaret Preston, ‘For a little girl’, 1929
National Portrait Gallery – just a short stroll from the National Gallery.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with f2 presetThere wasn’t a huge amount of time for shopping, but after a tip off from a lovely Instagram follower, I’m so glad I managed to visit Tip You’re It – a brand new kids lifestyle store in Braddon (just up from the restaurant I mention next). It was stocked to the gills with all my favourite brands, and all styled so beautifully – definitely worth stopping by (the store will be also online soon too).

4A definite highlight was the delectable meal we enjoyed right at the end of our whirlwind visit….a traditional italian feast from Italian + Sons. I want to go back!!

I hope you are all having a great week,

Briar x



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