Thursday, November 2, 2017

Day 2934 - The Lovin Life Linky - The Canberra Edition

Canberra named Lonely Planet's third best city to visit

Photo borrowed from Wikepedia 
As I sit here at my desk and wonder what it is I'm lovin' most about life this week I look out the window at my view over the rooftops of my neighbours to the Brindabella Mountains in the distance.

The view is not quite as picturesque as the photo above taken from Mount Ainslie, but with leafy streets, well kept houses, abundant bird life and blue skies, what I see from my window is still pretty decent.

I am after all living in one of the best cities in the world.



Just last week Canberra came in third on the list of Lonely Planet's "Best in Travel 2018" behind Seville, Spain and Detroit, USA.

Apparently this lovely city of ours has been "hiding in plain sight" according to Lonely Planet spokesperson Chris Zeiher.  He says it's "Rich with history, culture and entertainment, if offers something for every kind of traveller".  (Quote from The Canberra Times)

Add that to the fact that the OECD has ranked Canberra the most livable city in the world (multiple times) and I'd say I'm pretty damn lucky right about now.  The OECD has placed us at the top using their "quality of life" index which takes into consideration our purchasing power, cost of living, health care, safety, traffic commutes, house-price-to-income ratio, pollution and climate.

Clearly there's a lot to love about the Australian Capital.  Whinge as I might about the winters, there's no denying we live a blessed life here in the ACT.

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Having said all that I'm about to jump in the car and head to Sydney with the big grown up daughter for more medical tests and specialist appointments.  While Canberra is deemed very livable with health care high on that list, the reality is we don't have the specialists she needs to get through her latest cancer diagnosis.  The best in Australia reside in Sydney, so Sydney is where we are headed.  Luckily Canberra is only three hours from those specialists making her wellness plan very doable.


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What are you lovin about life this week?

Is your home town a good place to visit?

If you could pitch your town/city to Lonely Planet, what would the selling point(s) be? 

  


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19 comments :

  1. There's lots to see and do in Canberra, that's for sure! Sounds like you live in a beautiful area of the city too Leanne. I'm not sure I could handle those winters though :) #TeamLovinLife

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  2. What I am thinking about this morning as you and lovely C wend your way to Sydney is that you will find all the help and hope that is needed right now. I agree that Canberra is a great place which is why I have visited so many times since I was a child. Thanks for this lovin' Thursday linky Leanne. D xx

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  3. There is definitely lots to love about Canberra. My brother lives there too.

    All the best with the specialists visits! Lucky Sydney and the specialists are within driving distance.

    Ingrid
    http://www.fabulousandfunlife.blogpot.com.au

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  4. I only passed through Canberra earlier this year and there is so much I want to do on my next trip there. Hope it's soon

    SSG xxx

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  5. I'd love to visit Canberra one day, Leanne. I can understand Seville but would like to read more about how Detroit is ahead of Canberra on the Best of Travel 2018 list. All the best with your trip to Sydney.

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  6. I hope all goes well in Sydney, but yes... Canberra is a great place to live and visit. I actually did more touristy stuff there (in 18mths of living there) than I did in a decade or two in Brisbane. I also had lots of visitors when I was in Canberra and there's so much to do and see....

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  7. I think there's a lot of fun things to do in Canberra and you just have to do a bit of research to find the right stuff.

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  8. I love Canberra & enjoyed the years I lived there. I distinctly recall the view of the Brindies from my kitchen window in Calwell & the roos in what was then vacant land behind us. It’s a city that’s all too often overlooked.

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  9. I've still never been there. Not sure I'd like the winter but I think a trip one day is in order.

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  10. Good luck with your daughter, Leanne....that has got to be so hard.
    I do think every place we land can be considered wonderful if we just look around. There's always good and bad, but hopefully there is more good!!
    XOXO
    Jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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  11. There is a chance the hubster and I will be visiting Canberra early next year - stay tuned!!! Would love to catch up for coffee if it happens xxx

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  12. I have to agree that Canberra is a lovely city. I've been twice and I love it there. There's still much more around Canberra I'd like to see. Good luck in Sydney. Thinking of you! #TeamLovinLife

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  13. Canberra is a beautiful city but I'm sorry I could not do the cold winters here and it's too far from the beach for me. I love living on the Gold Coast, although it is getting very busy and congested, so we are contemplating moving to the much quieter seaside village of Kingscliff in the next year or two. #TeamLovinLife

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  14. I've never been to Canberra - you make it sound a lot more appealing than I had previously thought - I also didn't realize it was so close to Sydney - win/win

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  15. I was born in Canberra, but shortly after my father was transferred back to Sydney and then we relocated to NZ so I don't have any memories of the city. Not that long ago I had a look online at our old address and the surrounding neighbourhood and would love to visit in person.

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  16. Sounds amazing (the Canberra part, not the having to go to Sydney part). My nearest town was once voted worse place to live in the UK by a TV show...only for them to actually film the segment in the wrong town (which says a lot about heir ability to research!).

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  17. I really love Canberra! There is so much to see and do I fact I found so many free experiences or places to visit with the kids when we were there last!! Loved it!

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  18. I would love to visit Canberra everyone I know that has gone has loved it too. Perth is great too. Great weather and lots of excellent beaches.

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  19. I haven't been to Canberra, although I have been to Melbourne and Sydney. I live outside of Auckland, a city I love, but with a high cost of living that will probably keep it off any "liveable" city list.

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