Cheese, Beaches and Flowers – Snapshots from QLD 2

On to the next day of our Queensland trip!

There weren’t any tours because it was Easter but we sat down for a very cheesy lunch.

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Here is the matching vlog, there are bits from The Big Pineapple there too!


I made fun of Celina and Tobias for not being able to finish their deep fried Brie… then I failed too >_>

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Best breakfast EVER.

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The view of the cheese making room:

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The whole place was full of  beautiful flowers.

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Saturday was a really busy day! After lunch we drove to Montville so James could FINALLY take photos of the view on a day where it wasn’t rainy and cloudy…

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… as it turned out it was actually rainy and cloudy again haha! Poor James!

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We were supposed to go to the Nutworks and Chocolate factory but after driving around for ages to find it, it was closed ;_;

Instead we went across the road to The Ginger Factory!

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Honestly… I don’t like ginger. It was almost closing time anyway so we just wandered around the gift store. They had a honey area too, who knew how many honey products there were!

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I bought a lollipop (which tasted TERRIBLE) and a cute bee handkerchief! Which tasted so-so…no,wait.

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After all of that we were super tired so we drove back to the hotel and watched the rain for a while. Such pretty views!

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Sunday was our last full day at the coast and we filmed for most of the day. Celina and I took turns on the balcony to film hair and make up tutorials.

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The boys decided to go surfing while we were finishing up our filming at the hotel then we all went down to film at the beach together.

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We waited for low tide so we could see the rock pools…

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And of course the second we got the camera gear out it started raining!!!

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That didn’t stop us though!

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I am really fascinated with rock pools!

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I was shooting an outfit video so I had a lot more jewellery than most people wear at the beach XD

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Nails from the day:

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I think 90% of our holidays look like this:

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I love these photos of Celins so much, I ended up painting a lot of them.

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I love that I caught James’ reflection on this shot!

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Of course the second we went back to the hotel it started looking like this XD

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That night we packed up and had dinner at The 4th Floor.

The next morning we drove straight to the airport to drop off Celina and Toby! We almost didn’t make it in time because the traffic was so terrible *_*

The rest of our trip was quite uneventful as we hung out, filmed things and relaxed with James’ parents.

The one day I took nice photos was the day we visited South Bank.

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I just love these flowers.

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The whole walkway is magical… other than that whole caution sign and the workers trimming them >_>

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Jerk ibises… (ibi?) who were stealing food.

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I think James might have the rest of my photos so there will probably be a part 2 of this full of behind the scenes things… like me shaking my fist at that damn ibis!

We saw my Dad for a little bit too. His dog Ruby is 18 now and I think she won’t be around much longer as she’s had several strokes. Poor girl is mostly blind and deaf now too 🙁

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It made me really miss Lottie >_< She was SO happy to see us when we got home. I really want to take her with us when we travel from now on! She would have totally loved the beach.

This was an extremely packed trip and we had so much fun. It was wonderful seeing The Sunshine Coast in a completely different light. Thank you so much to everyone who let us come and visit. Everyone was so nice and I really appreciate the effort everyone went to to make our stay awesome!

Definitely check out The Sunshine Coast and all of the places we visited the next time you’re in Queensland!

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Snapshots From The Sunshine Coast And Brisbane

A couple of weeks ago Celina, Toby, James and I visited the Sunshine Coast!

We had a mad dash to the airport because of James’ stupid McDuff luck >_< I bet I wouldn’t be as stressed out at airports if he didn’t have such bad luck!!! Below with my new Hideo Wakamatsu suitcase. I’ve decided that it’s officially pretty enough to counteract James’ terrible airport luck.

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Anyway we made it to Brisbane late on Thursday night and had late birthday dinner with James’ parents and brother. Then we made the drive up to Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast… James and I had a bet on exactly how long it would take to get there. Teeeeechnically he won but I’m still disputing that though >_>

We crashed early that night at the Zanzibar unit and woke up to this in the morning:

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Pretty nice way to wake up!

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On Friday we woke up late and had breakfast at Starbucks… because we were too lazy to go anywhere XD We were treated to a day at Underwater World and had a fantastic time there!

My camera decided to refuse to take non blurry photos that day so I only have what James shot 🙁

We had dinner at Hot Pipi’s which was pretty good. There was a lot of hilariousness as we explained the pronounciation to German-native Toby! Hot Pip-ees not Hot Pee Pee’s XD

Our view of sunset:

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The next day we visited the tourist staple: The Big Pineapple!

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We went to see the Earth Jewel Creations stall at their weekly markets.

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You already would have seen most of these photos in the jewellery competition we ran!

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Jo was super nice and had arranged for us to tour around the rest of the markets too!

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Look forward to the vlog of Day 2 which will include more footage of this!

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I couldn’t stop staring when she was stamping the metal plates, it was so cool!

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There were so many different designs to choose from too.

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My awesome wrap necklace:

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The markets were absolutely huge! They are really making an effort to update the place now, there’s even a huge music festival happening!

At the markets there was a live band and some extremely good food.

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I had a lime and white chocolate cheesecake from Tempest In A Teacup. The sweetest lady made it and she had extremely awesome bright hair! Seriously best cheesecake I’ve had. I was trying to convince her to move to Melbourne and be my personal cheesecake chef but I don’t think I managed it XD

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Jo had very kindly arranged a ride for us on the Big Pineapple train! It was so cute and old timey!

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It was such a nice surprise to find a place which I remember so well from my childhood has been brought back to life.

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Beautiful flowers:

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The view of the pineapple farm from the train.

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We hopped off the train in the forest area so we could go to the petting zoo! The forest was kind of amazing!

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Celina looking adorable:

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And as payback for refusing to pose for my photo here is the before one!

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This trip, I was obsessed with bright colours and tiny details. I really want to improve my photography.

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I made everyone wait while I took photos of this tiny mushroom. Sorry for getting you all bitten by mosquitos… well only a bit sorry because it’s SO tiny!!

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We walked up the path to go to the petting zoo…

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We were given bags of grass to feed to the animals!

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This little cow didn’t want to be my friend or pose for the camera XD

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James touched a little piglet…and pretty much every other animal there.

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Celina ran away from a goat.

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I held a chicken who was terrified of the children who were poking it before we arrived!

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We stayed for a good couple of hours at the markets and I don’t think we even saw half of the stalls there. I really want to go back sometime and devote a whole day to just wandering around and eating everything! Omg I almost forgot the fudge!! I found a fudge store that sold English style crumbly sugar fudge which I’d eaten as a child and I ate SOOOOOO much fudge XD Now I’m obsessed and I’m going to have to order from their website. I’m sure the guy thought I was crazy ranting about fudge in the middle of a gigantic pineapple… but it was important!

We finished up at the Big Pineapple and headed to the Maleny Cheese Factory. This got really long though so more on that next post! Hope you guys are having a good week so far!

10 Tips To Pack In Style – Win A Hideo Wakamatsu Beauty Case

As you guys know, we recently did quite a bit of traveling. I get a lot of questions about how I pack so I thought that doing a video in the style of the Friday Fun ones I used to do would be the easiest way to give some tips! I’ll be bringing back the Friday Fun videos soon too so let me know if you have any requests!

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If you want to win a Hideo Wakamatsu beauty case like mine just check our this blog post: http://www.violetlebeaux.com/2013/04/10-packing-tips-win-a-beauty-travel-case-from-hideo-wakamatsu
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10 Travel Tips.

Hello we’re currently on holidays in Brisbane. We got back a few days ago from The Sunshine Coast and now we’re staying at James’ parent’s place.
Trip? That means time for packing tips!
I get a lot of questions about how I fit all of my clothes and junk in because I try to pack fairly light.
So I thought I would just make a video and show you guys!
Travel Tip #1.
Get the best suitcase you can afford. Hard case with 4 wheels is my favorite.
Two wheels is not enough, two wheels is never enough!
The four wheel ones are so good because you can pretty much push them around with a finger.
And I’m not very strong so I need a suitcase that wheels itself.
So for this trip I’m taking my new pink Cherry Blossom suitcase.
It’s from Hideo Wakamatsu and they were nice enough to send it to me.
My suitcase is a bit different to most other suitcases because it has a lot of other extra features.
For example it has a little coat hanger that comes with it.
It also has these dividers which unzip and then the second one on this side which clips down over here.
So when you open the suitcase everything is completely flat and nothing will have moved around which I really like.
Travel Tip #2
Use space bags or smaller bags to separate everything.
By space bags, I mean these vacuum sealed bags, I’m sure they have other names in different countries.
Even if you don’t plan on vacuuming them up they are really useful for dividing things and then if you have to open your suitcase in the airport or at your destination nothing will have moved around inside.
So you won’t get an avalanche of junk falling on you. k
Tip #3.
Bring a scarf.
Especially scarves you can crush up and they basically stay the same.
This one goes will pretty much everything, it’s light enough that it’s good for summer but when it’s bunched up it will keep you warm in the airport.
I hate being cold on planes
Tip #4
Pick good crushable fabrics.
I like to take things made of chiffon because they are floaty and breezy for a holiday but also easily crushable and they never crease.
You could roll this skirt up and throw it off a cliff and it would still look like this.
You know, unless it got snagged on some branches or something or a condor stole it and flew away and ate it because it thought it was a fish.
I don’t know what condors eat…
Anyway!
Chiffon is really good so I always pack lots of chiffon.

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Win Beautiful Bracelets From Earth Jewel Creations

This giveaway was sponsored by the Earth Jewel Creations.

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As you guys know, we recently took a trip to The Sunshine Coast and Brisbane. The Snapshot posts and vlogs are coming but I couldn’t wait to post about this! One of the highlights of the trip was visiting The Big Pineapple to see their new markets and meet Jo from Earth Jewel Creations. The Big Pineapple has really changed a lot since I was a kid but I’ll post more on the when I write up my Snapshots!

Earth Jewel Creations is one of the permanent stalls at the markets and having seen Jo’s handmade jewellery online before I was quite excited to try some on.

Jo was lovely enough to allow me to do a giveaway with some of her jewellery so you guys can enjoy it too, the details are at the bottom of the post!

Here I am with Jo trying on one of the jewellery wraps.

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The store specialises in jewellery made from beautiful gems as well as hand stamped customised charms.

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The pieces I was most interested to see on our visit were the suede jewellery wraps. They are adjustable so you can wear them a lot of different ways (one of my favorite things ever!) and they come in a lot of different colours and with different charms.

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The big ball charms are detachable too so you can move them around.

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Jo was nice enough to give me a White Magnesite/Pyrite wrap and I made a video on all of the different ways to wear it:

According to the paper that came with it, the White Magnesite represents harmony and acceptance while the Pyrite represents Self Esteem and Assertiveness. James laughed at how much that applied to things I need >_> Certainly couldn’t hurt and either way they sure are pretty! XDThere were a lot of different styles of jewellery available and the prices were really great considering the quality of materials. A lot of it was beautifully styled for the beach. Very relaxed!Earth-Jewel-Creations4004Big-Pineapple-QLD10978 

I did manage to find the pink and purple section 😉


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Rose quartz is so pretty.

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Trying on my wrap as a doubled necklace:

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Celina and I with Jo. Everyone at The Big Pineapple was lovely but it was such a treat to meet someone who was so extremely passionate about what they were doing. I really love meeting passionate people and she was just so lovely to talk to. You can really tell when people are doing something that they love 🙂

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Here she is, hard at work making a handstamped charm for James!

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And here is the finished charm on his bracelet. I loved that there were actually options for boys too and they weren’t too over the top and fussy like a lot of guys jewellery is these days. She can custom stamp pretty much anything while you’re at the markets!

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She even made Lottie a special charm on a rose quartz base. These can be used for pets or as key charms!

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Lottie has been enjoying the jingling sound it makes when she rolls around on the floor but I managed to get to to stay still for a photo by bribing her with jerky:

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Make sure to have a look at Jo’s Facebook page too, there are some great photos and deals there!

Each of the items comes with information about the gems used and what they mean. If you’re into that there is more information on her website as well.

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I really enjoyed seeing the whole process of customising the charms so if you’re in the area I would definitely suggest visiting Jo at the Big Pineapple Markets or seeing where else she is exhibiting at the time.

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Everything at the Earth Jewel Creations stall has a really positive and happy message which lately I think I could use some more of in my life.

Jo has put up some great special offers at the moment so check them out here!

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And what you’ve all been waiting patiently for…

If you would like to win your own beautiful piece of jewellery enter the competition below!

COMPETITION TIME!

Earth Jewel Creations have very kindly donated 2 bracelets for me to give away to you guys.

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To enter to win the Rose Quartz Bracelet (Value AU$45):

Leave a comment on THIS youtube video telling me the name of your favorite item on the Earth Jewel Creations website and why you need some new jewellery in your life!

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To enter to win the Fresh Water Pearl Bracelet (Value AU$49):

Leave a comment on this blog post telling me the name of your favorite item on the Earth Jewel Creations website and what kind of outfit you would wear it with!

Here are the terms:

  • Competition will be open from now until midnight AEST on the 17th of April 2013 (updated)
  • Winners will be contacted via email (or Youtube message) and must respond within 7 days to claim the prize
  • You may enter to win each bracelet but you may only enter each one once
  • Entries are open internationally so long as you are legally allowed to enter where you live
  • Entries will be judged on creativity.
  • The rest of the standard terms and conditions over here.
Thank you very much to Earth Jewel Creations and I can’t wait to read all of your entries!

Queensland Holidays!

Today we are heading up to Queensland to do a whirlwind tour of the Sunshine Coast and then spend a week in Brisbane. I won’t have much time to update so I thought you could keep up with me here! Check back everyday for more photos and I’ll be uploading daily mini vlogs before I have proper internet again in Brisbane to upload the real blogs 😀

We haven’t scheduled a proper meet up but on Saturday morning we will be at The Big Pineapple markets from around 9:30 if anyone wants to come say hi!

 

Visiting Canberra for #humanbrochure Day 3 – Snapshots

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Hello! Time for Day 3 of our trip to Canberra 😀

Read about Day 1 here!

Read about Day 2 here!

Read about Day 3 here!

Day 3 was the last day of our Human Brochure trip and it was both happy and sad. I was really looking forward to collapsing in a heap at home but I was also having so much fun in Canberra that I would have liked to stay a couple of extra days to do the things we missed out on like going to the Zoo etc.

We were up bright and early to check out of East Hotel, James went down for breakfast but I opted for a few extra minutes sleep XD

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And the vlog from the day, my favorite part is Lottie’s reaction to us coming home at the end!

 

Bye beautiful hotel room that was bigger than my apartment, I’ll miss you ;_;

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Everyone was just sort of milling around in the lobby waiting for the bus so we joined them and took some more photos.

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I *really* enjoyed our stay here, I wish all hotels in Australia were as thoughtful and interesting as East. Even just waiting around the lobby was fun because I got to watch their art exhibition on the gigantic projector screen. Thank you very much for having us, we hope we can come back again soon!

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Bergamot took advantage of the free candy. No surprises there!

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After everyone finished checking out we piled on to the bus. I’m going to admit I was still mostly asleep at this point >_>

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We were driven to the Museum of Australian Democracy for a picnic breakfast. It’s funny that Canberra is so well set out that everything is like 10min away from each other… in Melbourne sometimes it takes me more than half an hour just to get a few suburbs in the ctiy!

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I’m honest when I say I didn’t expect this part of the tour to be particularly interesting because, well, democracy…

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It was extremely nice to lay on the blankets and listen to the band while waking up slowly with breakfast though.

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There were a couple of speeches and then a different musical duo sang some political parody songs… which was honestly a little strange and unexpected.

We were told a little of the history of Canberra and how scary it is that the younger generations don’t feel the same connection with democracy and therefore don’t find it important. I had to disagree slightly with that,  I think many have lost faith in the people involved in the democracy rather than the system itself. But Australian politics and government is a rant for another day XD

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Relaxing jazz was relaxing though and I really enjoyed this group.

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After breakfast we were split up into groups and  went on various tours of the museum. We went on the tour that got to see the mace… yep it’s a gold mace that used to be used for protection back when politics was a lot more dangerous.

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I posed with King George…

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James voted in a mock election…

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I spotted another pretty “Ceiling of Canberra”…

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James posed in front of a lectern and pretended to give a speech…

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Government doesn’t interest me like it once did so I spent most of my time enjoying the beautiful architecture. This is Old Parliament House by the way, the actual politicians don’t go here anymore as they have a fancy new one.

So much dark wood! Apparently the green fabric that everything is made of was chosen because green was the cheapest dye at the time XD

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More beautiful architecture:

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There were some interesting exhibits here as well.

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This was the film crew which followed us around for the time we were there, they were very sweet!

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On our way out to the bus we were greeted with some of the staff staging a mock protest begging us to stay! It was very cute, their signs said things like “Vote NO to going home”, “Blogs not bombs”, “Make tweets not war” etc.

They were yelling a lot of chants too but I can’t remember what they were, totally cute though! I don’t think I’ll ever have anyone protest me leaving again haha!

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We all sat on the steps and took some group photos and videos.

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They gave signs to all of the kids to hold… and me too haha. I got this one:

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As we got on to the bus the protests started up again, so cute!

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From there we went to the Canberra Glass Works and I saw another bee! Now I’m a hard edged city girl I’m not used to all this nature!!

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The Glass Works is a gallery, shop and working studio. They also hold classes from beginners to advanced.

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The exhibits are mostly for sale too, how cool is this vase?

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James was mostly interested in these glass donuts XD

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My favorite was this seahorse, so elaborate *_*

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After a bit of a look around we were invited to participate in a glass making class and make our own tile.

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We used special pliers and glass cutters to cut up little scraps of glass and arrange them on to a base tile.

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The competition was fierce. You guys know how ridiculously competitive James and I get when it comes to these kinds of things!

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James made a “camera”. I say “camera” because it was more like a big black blob.

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I hadn’t though of any designs so I just piled some pink and green shards together and called it art > : D WINNER

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We left our tiles there to be fired and they mailed them to us a few weeks after. Ours arrived safely but I haven’t had time to take photos yet. Just imagine they look like the above but slightly melty 😉

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After our fail at being artistic we were given a private tour of the gallery and also the artists who were working below.

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SO MUCH ARCHITECTURE!

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Seriously >_< I was on pretty building overload.

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The glass artists working together to create some very cool things and the public gallery watching. I could have stayed there for hours because it was quite hypnotic.

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We wrapped up our tour and headed next door to the last stop of our packed tour: The Old Bus Depot Markets.

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It literally is an old bus depot but it’s been transformed into a massive market place.

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We thought we’d seen it all then realised there was an upstairs which was just as big as the section we already went though.

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They had a swing dance school who was putting on demonstrations, it looked like so much fun!

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Our hosts had bet us that we couldn’t leave without buying something and they were right. James picked some delicious blueberry jam.

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And I went home with handmade squid ink pasta. How can anyone say no to that?!

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And that was basically the end of our sight seeing, we met the group back at the bus and headed back to pick up our bags and off to the airport. Thanks for showing us around Sarah and Rei!

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I couldn’t not include this photo of our host Rei as she put her sunglasses on to see us off, the pose is total CSI Miami!

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So Canberra? What is my impression now I’ve actually been there?

Well I didn’t see one politician. I did meet a lot of extremely nice and passionate people.

There were no fireworks. But there were a LOT of amazing views.

Boring? Every second of our trip was packed with something interesting!

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Would I go back? Yes. I don’t think 2 and a half days was enough to see everything Canberra has to offer. We went to a lot of places but even then we didn’t see everything at those places. Canberra may not be as big as other cities in Aus but I think I would need at least a week to explore it properly. There are so many places like the Zoo and Questicon that I would like to go to. I’m always going to be a Melbourne girl but I could definitely see myself spending a weekend or two a year in Canberra to check out the exhibits.

Visiting Canberra did change a lot of my negative perceptions about it. It’s nice to be pleasantly wrong ^_^

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So thank you Canberra for having us, thank you Canberra Tourism and HumanBrochure for bringing us down and thank you to all the places we went and people we met!

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One thing I suggest though is maybe putting some shops or something into your airport… our flight was delayed and it was so boring that this happened:

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While he was asleep I entertained myself trying to take photos in the reflection of his sunplastics.

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We made it home safely (obviously as I’m writing this now!) and came home to an extremely happy puppy.

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On the walk from the station home we remarked how weird it was to have so many tall buildings around and how narrow the streets were. Such a big change from the weekend!

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Good bye pretty skies of Canberra, hopefully I’ll be able to visit you again soon 😀

I hope you guys enjoyed this series of posts, we’re going to be doing quite a lot of traveling this year both domestically and internationally so I can’t wait to show you where we go!

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