Green Canberra

I raved about how green Sydney is, but Canberra is positively rural! The city center itself is not, but they carefully planned it so that the area would feel open and a part of the countryside. Despite being the country’s capital, the emphasis is refreshingly focused on the land- reminding you of the country itself. And guess who helped plan it? An architect couple from Chicago, of course! It’s an excellent approach, though I will say that coming from life in larger cities, the landscape here actually feels a little disconcertingly open to me. But beautiful!

This first photo was taken outside of the Gallagher Winery in Canberra, where we stopped to do a tasting as part of the weekend’s wine harvest festival. I liked the Shaw Vineyard (below) even better; they had a great sweet white wine made from Semillon grapes.