294. Sunday in the Park with ActorLaddie…

Our digs overlook the River Rhône although to get the full glory, you have to kneel on a table and lean out of the window. Here’s the view right now:

Not Seurat, I grant you, but, if it wasn’t for the houses in between, you’d be able to see the turquoise of the Rhône, behind which there is a sort of office/restaurant complex, behind which there is the Parc de la Tête d’Or. This is where we went today to lick our wounds – and it is magnificent.

The park is massive – think Regent’s rather than municipal. It has lakes and roses and a botanical garden and an orangerie and children’s playgrounds and various cafés and a little train and tricycles and pedalos.

And a zoo. It has a small, free zoo.

“I hate Sundays…”

I’m not sure how I feel about zoos. In many ways, it seems wrong keeping the animals so far from their natural habitats. On the other hand, this zoo did make a point of explaining how they were, as far as possible, replicating the natural conditions and the role this plays in learning about the animals and in conservation.

When shall we three meet again?
Well, I can do next Tuesday…

And I must admit, animals are awesome.

The enclosures were quite sizeable so sometimes it felt like a life size game of Where’s Wally. Here – try this.

Spot the pelican…

There were a couple of crocodiles which we were convinced were replicas until one of them twitched….

And I was absolutely delighted to see, for the purposes of this blog, one particular animal. Again, I promise you it’s there but you may need your spot-the-ball specs. So, if you’ll join me – after three – a bar for nothing:

A-wimoweh, a-wimoweh, a-wimoweha, a-wimoweh…

The Lyon sleeps tonight….

On the way back from the park, ActorLaddie stopped at the cash-machine, while I guarded his back armed with a day old baguette. Eat your heart out, Richard Madden.

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