Switzerland and Germany (2016)

This vacation didn’t start as planned. First, as we drove away from our doggy day care, we could hear Tango howling. The, because of the weird times the day care was open, we got to the airport 6 hours early. Fine, we had computers and videos. But then we sat for 2 hours on tarmac, waiting for the weather to clear. We arrived in Zurich at 10AM instead of 8 and spent over an hour in passport check. Luckily, we’re flexible – instead of driving the passes (we’ll do that tomorrow), we went to the zoo.

Zurich is very hilly – lots of construction and grafitti mixed in with old buildings:grafitti

The zoo’s at the top of the city and was marginal. Blocked paths where an Australian exhibit was being built and cramped monkey houses. A funny bunch of camels. Such an odd mix of pretty (eyes) and ungainly (those humps.) One seemed to be dancing, although it needed a g-string!

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Other favs – zebras, front and back And what’s a zoo without a chicken or a pair of me-and-my-shadow yaks?

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The new exhibit is Masaola – a big covered jungle. No animals, but what vegetation. A leaf the size of a table. A “black” whiskered flower. Of course, as Hubby said, we see it in Florida, but here in Switzerland, it’s a novelty.

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I forgot to mention, we did see Hobbes at the zoo. Or at least his foot!hobbes footWith the mountains creeping higher as we leave Zurich, we drive to Zug, our home for four days. 

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The hotel is not in a nice area, which I knew, but we drove into town and walked to a sunset on the lake. We’re exhausted and buy pretzels from a vendor for dinner. Tomorrow, the real mountains. I’m excited!

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Beauparc Zoo and Montresor (France, Spring 2015)

Zoo white tiger 2In a surprise move, we ditched a castle and went to the zoo. We are real zoo people – have talked about trying to visit all the famous zoos in the U.S. Well, wow. Just wow. This zoo was as good or better than San Diego. Lotsa ducks…hahaha. Fauves (big cats including a white tiger and white lion.) Sea lion show. Pandas. All the animals in multiples – for instance 7 Koala bears. A bird yawned to my surprise. So many singes, monkey types. Lots of hills, beautiful enclosures. It was a holiday; the zoo was packed with kids. Scroll down for some wild life, ending with a family that had “done” the zoo.

Above a White Tiger. Below, a Tiger Foot

Zoo Tiger FootRhinos – so unlovely and unloved…

Zoo RhinosPandas – Sleeping and at ease. They look more like cats than bears.

Zoo Panda Head

Sleeping Panda

Extra points if you can guess this mystery butt. Answer at the bottom of the page.

Zoo Koala ButtLaughing Tiger

Zoo laughing white tiger

A forlorn Monkey of some sort and a Baboon

Zoo monkey in field

Zoo Baboon

A Kangaroo Family

Zoo Roo and JoeyA Human Family

Zoo PicnicAnd yes, it was a Koala Bear.