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Travel: Canberra – National Gallery of Australia and Brunch at Public Bar

National Gallery of Australia
I spent some quality time with K in my hometown Canberra last weekend. We decided to avoid the 40 degree heat and the Summernats (a huge annual car show that is totally not my thing!) by heading to the National Gallery of Australia to see the latest exhibition: ‘Toulouse-Lautrec: Paris and the Moulin Rouge’.

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See if you can spot me at the front (photo credits to K).

The exhibition featured around 110 works by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864 – 1901) who was a painter, draftsman, printmaker and poster designer. Most of his paintings and sketches depict the underbelly of Paris such as the working girls, cabaret dancers, and the Moulin Rouge in Montmarte, Paris. I particularly loved his paintings of the ‘flaneur’ – an educated, worldly and well-dressed ‘man about town’. I also loved the large-scale, bright posters advertising shows at the Moulin Rouge.

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I actually loved this painting (above) of a gentleman flirting with two women at a café/bar – it’s very ‘Paris’!

So it’s definitely worth spending an hour or so to see this exhibition ($25, book through Ticketek). Details can be found here: http://nga.gov.au/Exhibition /TOULOUSE/. See it asap as the exhibition is only open until 2 April 2013.

Brunch
The next day we had brunch at Public Bar in Manuka (which replaced one of my favourite haunts – Verve!).

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K had poached eggs with mushroom ($11)….

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….. and I had the corn, zucchini and haloumi fritters with avocado, poached egg and tomato relish ($16).

The service was great, always polite and courteous in Canberra (don’t forget to order at the bar) and the bar/restaurant had a steady stream of Sunday morning brunch-goers. I was totally impressed!

You can find out more info here: http://publicbar.com.au/. Find Public Bar on the Corner Flinders Way and Franklin Street, Manuka, Tel 6161 8808 and open Mon-Fri 10am till late and Sat/sun/public holidays 10.30am till late.

Canberra – I hate it when Sydney-siders say that you are boring. Although you may not be as ‘happening’ as a big city, you still have some awesome international exhibitions and great places to eat which I didn’t know about (or afford!) when I was growing up…. So Sydney-siders – head down for a 3 hr car drive or catch a Murray’s bus and see the exhibition and eat at some great restaurants! I came back to busy Sydney feeling refreshed and happy!

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