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Published: June 29th 2018
The Mighty Ant
The zoo had a great exhibit on leaf cutter ants. Big signs telling you not to touch the ants.
Day 5 - An Animal Zoo and a People Zoo
Last night was Anne’s turn for a sleepless night. So, while Tony got up and headed into work “early”, Michelle and Anne had a later start. It’s worth pointing out that “early” today meant leaving the flat at 0930. Tony has decided that he will leave the flat at 0700 from now on. This morning, he was sitting in stopped traffic for 20 minutes out of his 50 minute bus commute.
Michelle and Anne decided today was a great day to visit the zoo. The London Zoo has a long history and it was interesting to see the layers in the different exhibits and enclosures. It can be found in Regent's Park and is bordered by Regent’s Canal. It is the Home of the reptile house from the first Harry Potter film as well.
As with just about any other principal filming location for Harry Potter, the exhibit had some obvious Harry Potter details in a certain reptilian enclosure and surrounding area. No spoilers here… Ok.. it had to do with snakes.
Over the years the animal enclosures have improved and changed with the times and they
There were zoo volunteers to keep the monkeys in line but they were not allowed to touch them. The monkeys had no respect for authority.
most recently added an exhibit on Asian Lions that Michelle said felt like it was Animal Kingdom, only with more zoo. The zoo also has more than a few exhibits where you can get close to birds, butterflies, and even mobiles and lemurs. In the monkey exhibit one cheeky monkey even jumped on Anne’s shoulder.
Anne and Michelle stayed at the zoo until closing time. The Camden Street market is not too far from the Zoo so that was their next stop. There is a water taxi that runs along Regent’s Canal from Little Venice to the market at Camden Locks. It also makes a stop at the zoo a few times a day. It was a nice ride and a chance to rest their feet.
The market was an eclectic mix of permanent shops, food trucks, and stalls covering more than Anne and Michelle expected. It was also packed with people. Every time they thought they had explored the market a new alleyway would lead to another street or square of stalls and shops. There was still more to explore by the time the market closed at 6 so they decided to come back another day.
The Regent's Canal Water Taxi
Tony met up with the rest of the family in Camden after work and a dinner of Indian food was enjoyed by all. Michelle chose a spicy dish and managed to clear up some congestion that had been lingering from camp. She said she now understood why cartoon figures showed smoke coming out their ears when they ate something spicy.
We headed back to the flat, but not before learning what the locals call “being flexible and paying attention” on the public transportation. The Camden underground station was closed due to escalator repair (well, that’s a good thing, I guess). They were polite enough to post a sign directing us to the next station. It was getting late, and we found some homeless settling in for the night on the way to the station. They were nice enough, and didn’t bother anyone, so Cheers.
Tomorrow will be a long day at the Warner Bros. Studio to revisit the Harry Potter props we saw on our first visit. We won’t be going as part of a bus tour this time so we should have time to get our fill. Hopefully, we can meet up with an old work friend
I'm on a boat!
This was shortly before Michelle took a quick nap.
of Tony’s on our way back.
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