We had a great time in Australia, it was a long trip and short visit but worth it. Not only we enjoyed the place, learned new words and accent and few of their cultures, meet new people, but specially, had a wonderful time with loved ones (Pastor's side of the family).
We mostly stayed in Canberra, that's where my in laws live , which is the capital of Australia and spent few days in Sydney.
We had a wonderful Christmas Eve and at the same time celebrated Pastor's birthday with them. My sis in laws are excellent cooks, so we're flooded with delicious foods! lots of laughters and fun. Our kids were thrilled to meet their australian cousins for the first time. They get along right away. Those are precious moments to cherished.
Canberra is a beautiful and peaceful city! The name "canberra" comes from the aboriginals and it means "a meeting place". It is located southwest of Sydney and northeast of Melbourne. It won the title of capital after a brief tug of war with the cities of Melbourne and Sydney. Here in this place, they said, is the center of power in all of the Australia. This is where the parliament and international embassies situated, elites and government officials live in this place. The climate here is mild, not too hot actually.
We drove to Batesman bay. It features breathtaking sceneries and unspoiled beaches. We ate fresh fish and chips (fries) and seen a lot of kangaroos that you can pet, they are everywhere! Sea eagles are usual sight as well.
We went to Black Tower mountain, formerly known as Telstra Tower. This is one of Canberra's top attractions. It is located in a beautiful nature reserve of 360 degree views of the city and the surrounding countryside. We also seen habitat for many native plants and animals. Then we visited the zoo as well and say hello to Koalas, wombats, wallabies, kangaroos, Red Pandas and seen lots of magpies :)
The Cockington Green are a nice place to visit as well. There are delightful and fascinating display of meticulously crafted buildings set within beautifully landscaped gardens and cute cottages. They also have display of international famous places all over the world.
We visited their museums and The Parliament House.
Instead of pine trees, gum trees are common in sight, not to mention Eucalyptus and olive trees are everywhere too.
Then the rest of the days spent in Sydney. I will post some next time :) This is getting too long.
I am just thankful to God for giving us this opportunity to visit one of the beautiful place in the world.