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A quick & snappy Canberra Road Trip Anyone?

Never before had so many incredible diamonds, emeralds and other precious stones been seen in Australia. This exhibition showcased more than 300 spectacular items, with loans from royal families, celebrities and the astonishing Cartier collection itself.

"It's a coup for the NGA that jewels of such spectacular calibre and size, amongst the most important in the world, magnificently set by Cartier's renowned craftsmen will be exhibited only in Canberra."

Cartier's image, style and heritage director, Pierre Rainero, flew in from Paris to attend the launch.

"Cartier represents the poetic amalgamation of art, passion and style," he said.

Well, I can just say we had the best time in Canberra!  Sure, we were there to see the excellent "Cartier: The Exhibition" at the National Gallery of Australia but our nation's capital is so much more than politicians and suits and ties.  The exhibition was a feast for the eyes - absolutely beautiful, if not making us all a little envious or royalty and those cashed up! We had wonderful accommodation at  Crowne Plaza Canberra but there are heaps of accommodation offerings:large, boutique and historical, all budgets covered.  I chose ours as it was walking distance to great bars and restaurants and the theatre district.  We ate some terrific food at Akiba  - I want to call it Asian fusion with a hip twist, and had a wonderful time at the Old Bus Depot Markets  and Canberra Glassworks.   A couple of the ladies went on a roadtrip with Gaille out to the nether regions of ACT and beyond and visited some wonderful textile producers - One Tree Hill and  Ultimate Alpacas and got to cuddle baby alpacas (did you know they are called cria?)

Sure, there are all the must sees and should go to's but have an open mind and you will love, love Canberra.  To quote a good friend: "Canberra - where the world comes to you"!

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