Australian Reptile Park

Remember our tour to Blue Mountains and where we stopped was Featherdale wildlife park. A nice park that impressed us all. However, the Australian Reptile Park we have been the day after was much more better, clean, interesting, hands on and fun to go.

Learning the difference between crocodile and elegator

Learning the difference between crocodile and alligator

As soon as we entered the park, a cute baby crocodile (or was it alligator? I guess I still do not know the difference) was introduced to us by a very polite and patient caretaker. While we were listening the information about the alligator (or was it crocodile?), another cute animal of Australia came to join us:

Koala

Koala

A baby Koala I loved to hug and smell eucalyptus. So clean and so happy, that you would like to take home to keep on your bedside. I’ve never thought of it that it would be smelling so nice.

Sleeping Koalas

Sleeping Koalas

In the mean time we were served some tea with delicious cookies, while we were enjoying to touch and take close photograph of  alligator and koala.

Than we took a walk around the park. Every corner was very clean and all the animals were carefully taken care off. Another interesting corner of the park was the spiders hall, where various kinds of spiders from all over the world were kept and exhibited. Finally, we did some shopping at the gift shop and headed to Hunter Valley, to explore the fine wines.

See you later, alligator.

A day trip to Annecy

A day out in Annecy in March, not the best time but the best place to go for a family like us.

We went to Geneve Motor Show last March, which was a quick but a good decision. It wasn’t the first time neither to Switzerland nor to France, but the first time in the area. Being the last minute planner for the motor show, we could not find a place to stay in Geneve, so we searched for around and find a convenient, business hotel at Thoiry/France, a cute little village  just half an hour drive from Geneve. Of course  a long weekend to the area provides you more than the motor show itself. So we decided to do a day trip to Annecy, which was about 50 km. from our hotel.

To Annecy in the beginning of spring

To Annecy in the beginning of spring

 

The park by the lake

The park by the lake

Annecy is a very nice town, in the middle of the Alpine Mountains, by the lovely lake of Annecy. A town of castles, lakes, rivers and bridges. French Cafes, Macaronis, red tiled roofs and little village streets. Parks, large trees, fog and well, castles again.

Rivers and bridges

Rivers and bridges

French Cafes

French Cafes

French Macaroni

French Macaroni

A walk in the park

A walk in the park

We started our tour in the lanes of the town, climbing up to the castle, which was not the best part for our son actually, as he doesn’t like to walk. Afterwards, we had a little break in a nice French cafe, at a very small corner table and enjoyed our hot chocolates and cappuccinos. For lunch (which I may tell mote n another post sometime later) we had a lovely meal at a very French restaurant. When I say French I really mean French, with French speaking waiters and a French menu. Thanks to the non-Parisian French guests of the restaurant on the next table, they very helpfully explained us all the menu in English and with lots of advice, helped us to give our order.

In the afternoon we did a walk by the foggy lake and some “people watch” activity with lots of relaxing time and feeding the swans. By the evening, we loved the town, loved the people and dreamed of coming back sometime in summer or late spring maybe in the coming years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoy parks cafes and streets of Warsaw

Before going to Warsaw, I was very much concerned about the history of Warsaw. You can read my post of my concerns here, in another post. However, when we got there it was a totally different scene, with lots of festivities in the city, very nice weather and lots of things to do with our son.

The reason of going to Warsaw was primarily, my husband had to give some lectures in The University of Warsaw. So we thought it was a good reason to make a long weekend in Warsaw.

When we arrived to our hotel, the very helpful reception staff adviced us a half day city tour, which would be possible to start from our hotel. That sounded very nice to get to know the city, so we joined in. Next morning, after a super breakfast in our hotel, our city guide met us in the lobby and so our tour started, together with another 10-12 tourists in our mini bus. First we went to the Lazienki Park, at which we were left at the top gate of the park and enjoyed a downhill walk trough the park. Lazienki park is a really nice, green park with very nice trees, palaces, ponds and statues.

Lazienki Park

Lazienki Park

Lazienki Park

Lazienki Park

Very nice statues

Very nice statues

Palaces and gardens

Palaces and gardens

Nice details

Nice details

After a nice walk trough the park with a nice ice cream break in it, we headed to the city center, which is very typically called “Old Town Square”. What was different from very typically, was the crowd of people, with flags in their hands, balloons and music everywhere, and a huge stage on main “piazza” with big screens on both sides and very nice music.

A walk in old town square

A walk in old town square

Old Town Square

Old Town Square

A street lamp on the old town square

A street lamp on the old town square

Enjoy "people watch" activity on street cafes

Enjoy “people watch” activity on street cafes

A colorful Sunday afternoon

A colorful Sunday afternoon

Our guided tour ended, after some stops in Jewish quarter and a walk in Old Town area. So we had lots of time enjoying the street cafes and have lunch escorted by a “people watch” activity.

After wards we decided to return to our hotel with another good walk, at which we gave a break of evening wine and “we deserved this” deserts at the famous Bristol Cafe. When I say “a walk” do not think of a small walking. It took us about 3 hours, with lots of things to see on the way, shops (Yes-open on Sunday), on-street exhibitions of old Warsaw photographs and “I’m tired”s of our son.

Bristol Cafe

Famous Cafe Bristol

Loved this "wall" at Cafe Bristol

Loved this “wall” at Cafe Bristol

Evening wine, with a nice evening sun

Evening wine, with a nice evening sun

The Inn Under the Red Hog is to come in the following days… Do not hesitate to follow me…