San Diego Zoo

In San Diego the zoo is a must-do. One of the most famous and biggest zoos in the world, but does it live up to the hype? For us the answer was, well, yes and no. On the one hand it is huge, beautifully landscaped, full of fun things to do, with nice shops and cafes, and amazing animals. On the other, and this isn't San Diego's fault, is that we aren't really into zoos that much.

But even as zoo-sceptics we thoroughly enjoyed the day. Hey, we aren't zoo-haters, otherwise we wouldn't have gone. I would have liked to go a bit slower but the kids raced through as expected, first looking for tigers, then pandas, then elephants, with hardly a pause for the more mundane animals in between (except the gorillas, we were all most impressed by them - I really want to go to central Africa to see them in the wild now).

We finished off with the polar bear who was, bizarrely, eating carrots (maybe a dental hygiene thing). Also he seemed to have no problem with the San Diego sunshine heat. From there we got a cable car all the way back to the entrance, where Lucas and Aisha chose a present for being so wonderful. And on the way home they got another bonus in the form of new sandals (Lucas' are falling apart and Aisha has blisters). I'm going to have to buy myself and expensive mobile or lens to redress the spending balance in this family.

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