A zoo day

The day did not begin in a very promising way, with some unexplainable toddler tears and emotions, but upon arriving at Tierpark Hellabrunn, we made our way to a playground to begin the day and everything went uphill from there. Sometimes I get cranky, too, after 45 minutes on a full tram and metro.

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The Munich zoo is huge and described as a zoological garden, which seems about right, as it feels more like the animals are “built” into the park than the park built around the animals. It made for some beautiful scenery, although it did feel like the animals were a bit less accessible to small children.

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We were especially pleased to discover the penguins and polar bears and could have watched the penguins for hours, kids included.

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After lunch, we headed to the elephants where we watched one down about thirty apples in two minutes. The monkey exhibits were the most toddler-accessible and they had a blast watching the various monkeys swinging around. Edith, especially, was fascinated by all the fruits and vegetables the monkeys had to eat.

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The day, of course, ended with ice cream and then a grumpy train ride home, 6:30 bedtime for the babies and 9 p.m. bedtime for me. A good day.

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