Lions, and Tigers, and Capybaras, Oh My!
May 19, 2013 § Leave a Comment
Today, I did what I have been itching to do for many months here in the Marche region of Italy. I went to the Falconara Zoo, which, while it does not quite compare to German zoos, certainly puts the Austin one to shame. It’s kind of like everything in Ancona: small, quaint, and with a spark of something special (bonus points for all of the Simba pictures scattered throughout the place!). I mean, how many zoos are situated on top of a hill like this:
Not many that I have been to. So, Italian and I wandered around for a bit and imitated animals, such as these things (the meerkats were definitely my favorite):
En route home, we stopped by one of my favorite places around Ancona, la Selva di Gallignano, a botanical plot of land that includes fields and gardens and ponds and a few little hiking trails. It being a late springtime, I had the honour of being surrounded by my favorite dabs of red in the Italian landscape- poppies!
And, as if nature didn’t offer me enough reasons to smile today, I found this mesmerizing thistle on the way back to the car:
Have I ever mentioned how clear all of the colors are in Italy? They’re almost glowing. And, oh, that sky. Sempre più blu.