Archive | May, 2012

Stunning Views with a Slice of History (a review)

31 May

The Dare Memorial Cafe offers you stunning views over Dili whilst you sip a cup of coffee and take in the history of this unique monument to the sacrifices of the East Timorese people in the service of friendship and regional peace:

Dare Memorial Museum & Cafe

Dare is well worth the drive on a Saturday or Sunday morning. It’s not open during the week so save it up for a weekend brunch date. Its about 25 minutes up into the hills overlooking Dili at an old memorial to the Australian soldiers who fought here in WWII and their East Timorese ‘kriados’ or “helpers/friends”. The place opened in early 2009 and is suprisingly chic for its location. There is a very informative little movie about the place and history of East Timor during WWII and Australias involvement plus some interesting posters documenting this period. Combined with the views and the knowledge, the money supports the local school and it’s a must do if you’re free on the weekend, especially if you’re Australian. The plunger coffee is good, very tasty range of toasted sandwiches and savoury pancakes. Coffee $2.50 and food $4. To get there drive up on the road past Taibesse markets on the road to Ainaro, then keep and eye out for a memorial plaque on the right hand side of the road heading up. Highlight has to be the great view of Dili with the metro chic crockery. Rating 7.5/10

(From Restaurant Guide to Dili) –

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Honouring the Past, Nurturing the Future…

15 May

The Dare Memorial Museum and Café facility was inaugurated on 25 April 2009 to celebrate the bonds of friendship which united Australian soldiers and the many thousands of East Timorese civilians who assisted them during the 2nd World War. And to remember the heavy price paid by the people of now independent Timor-Leste for that same support and friendship …