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The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel & Indulgence - SU­SAN KUROSAWA

ON­week­ends, es­cape Can­berra’s po­lit­i­cal hum­drum for a tra­di­tional tea at the her­itage-listed Tea Lounge at the Hy­att Ho­tel Can­berra. Pop­u­lar with lo­cals mark­ing a spe­cial oc­ca­sion and vis­i­tors want­ing to re­lax with views of the sur­round­ing park, the ex­pe­ri­ence is a stand­out. The 9am-to-noon session ($26 a per­son) is buf­fet style while af­ter­noon tea ($45, with a glass of sparkling wine) is served from 2.30pm to 5pm. Groan­ing plat­ters of cakes, slices, scones and savouries will help spice up your se­lected tea, but a tip­ple from the ex­ten­sive wine list will add to the sense of cel­e­bra­tion. More: can­berra.park.hy­att.com. ARM­CHAIR TRAV­ELLER The Edinburgh Mil­i­tary Tat­too: This pipes-and-drums spe­cial comes right af­ter a doc­u­men­tary on the whim­si­cal Cirque du Soleil; it’s hard to imag­ine two more dis­parate themes, but all that massed high­land dancing and stir­ring mar­tial mu­sic is in­deed up­lift­ing and quintessen­tially Scot­tish. Sun­day, 8.30pm, Stu­dio. Royal Up­stairs Down­stairs: While the re­make of Up­stairs Down­stairs has been a re­cent hit on UKTV, this doco se­ries vis­its stately English piles fre­quented by Queen Vic­to­ria, who liked to get around the realm but surely never poked her nose into the ser­vants’ do­main. Mon­day, 7.30pm, His­tory Chan­nel.

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