Zoo-rific!

All of our kids love to visit the zoo. Cool breezes and sunshine made the trip enjoyable...and the animals playful

All of our kids love to visit the zoo. Cool breezes and sunshine made the trip enjoyable…and the animals playful

After our relaxing naps on the beach the day before, all of the kids voted for another day enjoying the sun. We stopped first at the Barcelona Zoo…a gorgeously designed park with great old trees, flowering shrubs and enough peacocks to make you wish there were no peacocks at all. This was the first zoo I’ve visited that featured a dolphinarium and a sea lion show so I felt the 20 euro entry price was fair.

Lilly with a sculpture of "Snowflake" Barcelona's albino gorilla

Lilly with a sculpture of “Snowflake” Barcelona’s albino gorilla

The zoologists focus more on the anatomy of the animals rather than the tricks that the animals can perform so the shows were both informative and enjoyable. The zoo features the standard giraffes, birds, and monkeys but also has onesies of “exotic” animals like one bear, one lion, one tiger, etc. That can get a bit boring but leave it to the adorable meerkats to liven up a visit. These little guys were cute as can be and made me want to scoop them up and pack them in my bag to take home.

Following the zoo visit, we were just a hop away from Barcelonetta Beach, where Will and Lilly were determined to get into the Mediterranean Sea despite bone chilling water temps.

Lilly's got those crazy beach eyes!

Lilly’s got those crazy beach eyes!

Lilly managed to stay in the water longer than Will but then she had to immediately get buried in sand to warm up. Lauren combed the seashore for sea glass and found rare colors like blue and purple along with oodles of green and white glass.

Great stacking boxes sculpture on beach

Great stacking boxes sculpture on beach


some of Lauren's treasures from the ocean

some of Lauren’s treasures from the ocean


"Mom! Can we have one?"

“Mom! Can we have one?”