Oh Canberra how I misjudged you….

Canberra Road

Canberra Road

Two weekends ago my Darling and I escaped our little Sydney plot and travelled to Thredbo via Canberra for a little bit of r&r before his retail world goes into Christmas overdrive.  Now I admit Canberra would not be my first choice for a holiday destination (unless there’s a hip banging great exhibition happening); but we had use of an apartment for a night and thought why not.

This is where my apology starts. Dear Canberra I though you were like this road. Straight and nearly deserted.

Tai Chi group in Canberra park

Tai Chi group in Canberra park

I thought you would be full of retired public servants trying to find peace. ‘Man o Man’ how wrong I was.

Instead it was…

Cafe Essen in Canberra

Cafe Essen in Canberra

funky cafes with coffee as good as Sydney and Melbourne served by smiley faced folks.

Cafe Essen Girls

Cafe Essen Girls

and a kitchen which produced a curry tasting plate so unexpectedly good it nearly brought tears to our eyes.

Cafe Essen Kitchen which produced the most fantastic curries.

Cafe Essen Kitchen which produced the most fantastic curries.

Next day a stroll up Lonsdale Street uncovered a scene full of cafes, bakeries, retro shops and this little gem.

Funky shopping arcade in Lonsdale St, Canberra

Funky shopping arcade in Lonsdale St, Canberra

A shopping arcade filled with artisan stores. I was so excited I forgot to get the name. Once inside we discovered a gem within a gem.  First and second year students of ceramics at the University of Australia had set up a pop up shop.

The-Product-Collective-Sign

Product-Collective-Explain

Maning the shop was Sue Hewat. Check out some of the ceramic goodies for sale.

The Product Collective Pop Up Shop, Canberra

The Product Collective Pop Up Shop, Canberra

Katrina Leske, Australian National University

Katrina Leske, Australian National University

Mahala Hill, Australian National University

Mahala Hill, Australian National University

Sue Howatt, Australian National University

Sue Howatt, Australian National University

Canberra, you have revealed yourself to me. You have sweet sweet bones and in the future I will think twice before presuming to know you.

Sweet Bones Bakery, Canberra

Sweet Bones Bakery, Canberra

 

We travelled out of town bound for Thredbo. For overseas folk, this is one of the places where we Aussies go skiing in New South Wales. (No sniggering about mountain sizes. It’s unbecoming a sophisticated crowd such as yourselves.)

Stay tuned for a few images from our time at the top of the mountain.

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About Elisa Bartels

A ceramic artist/designer and sporadic botanical dyer chatting and photographing the trials, tribulations and celebrations of being an artist who doesn't want to starve.
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2 Responses to Oh Canberra how I misjudged you….

  1. Freddie says:

    Canberra is the kid that was bullied at school who blossomed into a super model city 🙂

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