About a week ago, Jesse and I got a new TomTom. It’s an in-car navigation system — it’s a map; it’s a navigator; it’s practically a tour guide. We decided to try it out by taking a trip into uncharted (for us) territory: the heart of the city of Antwerp, to their world famous zoo. Why, since the zoo is located right next to the train station, did we bother to drive at all, when Belgium’s vast and incredibly efficient train system would have gotten us to the zoo’s doorstep? If you must ask, you simply do not understand the lure of little techno-gadgets.
We were quite impressed with the quality of directions and ease of use. It navigated us without error through the city centre and dropped us exactly where we needed to be. When we were waylaid by construction, it quickly recalculated our route and had us back on track in seconds. If you have a spare chunk of change burning a hole in your pocket, you miight want to check it out.
As for the zoo trip itself, the day was great, albeit a little cold. We prepared for the 67 degree weather that was predicted. Unfortunately, it was rather cool and blustery the entire time. Double unfortunately, I did not have the foresight to stash a sweater or jacket in the car for Liam. We did, fortunately, have a small baby blanket in the car — hence Liam’s caped-crusader look in the following pics.
The zebras shun Liam for choosing plaid instead of stripes.
Liam really enjoyed seeing the giraffes. Really. He was way more excited than he looks in this picture. Attribute the long-suffering look to the cold, not to boredom.
Two mommas and their little ones.
Oh, deer. What a corny look, and what a corny tag line. This picture was taken where we stopped for lunch.
Liam poses with the flamingoes.
He also loved visiting the lions, the extermely hyperactive and acrobatic siamangs, and the playful seals. No pics of him with these animals, however, as we were equally enthralled!