Thursday, May 27, 2010

The Sea Creatures at Sea Life

Giant sea turtles. Reminds me of the school of turtles in the movie Finding Nemo.

Marine life always fascinate me. And because I love water, I am always drawn to them. I enjoy looking at different types of fish swimming and would repeatedly say "fish, fish, fish!" every time I see them. I even love to eat fish especially if it is dipped in patismansi (fish sauce with calamansi).

And because I love them, Mom and Dad brought me to the Sea Life park in Konstanz during our visit to the area. And I just enjoyed every minute of it: watching the fishes, turtles, octopuses, crabs, sharks, and penguins do their stuff. There were freshwater and salt water fishes and it was just a lot of fun!

Daddy was showing me something peculiar. Can you guess what it is?

Look at all the fishes!

The penguins! I can't believe how fast they can move.
And they move pretty fast in the water too!

I also enjoyed playing at the play area, which is located at the corner of the souvenir shop.

Me, having a great time at the play area.

And because summer is already here, I am looking forward to more themed-park adventures. There are lots of theme parks here in Germany. Movie Park, Heide Park, Legoland, Ravensburger Spieleland, Tripsdrill Amusement Park to name a few. And I am looking forward to visiting some of them this year!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

A Totally New Look

Hello everyone! No, you are not lost. It just so happened that this blog got an entirely different new look, courtesy of my Mom. This was one of the blogger templates that she won from Ms. Lena's giveaway a few months back. She just added a navigation bar and changed the background color because my Daddy said that it was too white! Lol!

I miss my old layout, the one with the Teddy Bear but I guess every baby has to grow up. And so it also follows that my blog has to grow up with me. I even got me a new siggy!

So, what do you think?

Monday, May 3, 2010

Visiting Insel Mainau

Two weeks ago, we went on a spur-of-the-moment road trip to Bodensee or Lake Constance. Daddy had two days off work and he was in the mood for a drive. Since we haven't been to Bodensee yet, Mom & Dad decided that we visit and stay for the night. It was only about 2 hours and 30 minutes drive from where we live so that at around 4pm, we arrived in Insel Mainau, our first stop.

Me... just after taking a good look at the turtles.

Insel Mainau is popularly known as The Flower Island. It is open year-round and has different seasonal flowers blooming all year round. It is just a tiny island but has a lot to offer. There's a butterfly house, a palm house with orchids in it, a playground for the children, a chapel, a castle, the Italian steps, docks and shops and restaurants too.

I enjoyed the butterfly house a lot. Mommy got the chance to photograph some of the butterflies.

Here they are:

Can you find the two butterflies mating?

If you know the name of the butterfly, please let me know by leaving a comment. Mommy forgot to take note of the names. Besides, they are all written in their scientific names and German names so that they are very difficult to remember.

Thanks and I hope you enjoyed the butterflies. More of Insel Mainau in my upcoming posts!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

The Windmills of Zaanse Schans

On our last day in the Netherlands, we visited the old windmills in the old Dutch village in Zaanse Schans. I was asleep when we arrive so that would explain why I am in my stroller in some of the photos. The wind was cold because it was still the early days of Spring. It also rained the previous night so the air was still a bit chilly. I had a nice time when I woke up though... I had fun having my photos taken... and I also enjoyed watching the ducks and the goats in their small animal farm within the village.

Sleeping in the car on our way to Zaanse Schans.

See? Told you I was sleeping... Hihi!

The windmills... there are six of them here.
They are hundreds of years old already and they are all still working.

It was a completely different setting than from Amsterdam... it was a historical and very interesting place to visit. Should you get the chance to visit the Netherlands, a visit to the famous wind mills is a must!

With my family...
A view of the village in Zaanse Schans.

Another family photo with the postcard background of the windmills.

I love to ride on my Daddy's shoulders! The view from up there was fantastic!

All awake and happy to be here!

At the windmill "The Cat". Hot chocolates are sold here and I want one!

Another family photo. I wasn't paying attention to the photographer though.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Visiting the Canals in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a beautiful city... it is almost like Venice with its canals but the difference is that the water in the Dutch canals is like freshwater. During our canal cruise tour, the tour guide explained why but because I wasn't paying much attention, I forgot what the reason was. Perhaps when we get the chance to come back, I will pay more attention. :D

The city center is very easy to cover on foot. Much better if you have a bicycle because you can get to your destination faster. One gets to see lots of interesting buildings and establishments along the way, like museums, squares, small statues and monuments, boat houses, cafes and restaurants, bicycles, and of course the beautiful row houses along the canals.

So, here are some of my/our photos during our visit to Amsterdam:

The Dutch row houses up close. There's a particular spot that they call
"The Golden Bend" but we didn't know where it was located so this one will have to do.

Outside Bulldog... the oldest cafe in Amsterdam.

Wondering where I am... Hihi!

With my Daddy... I got tired of sitting in my stroller
and wanted to have a view from up in his arms.

The Hermitage Amsterdam as viewed from the canal.
This is a very famous landmark. One of the best shopping centers there is in Amsterdam.

Inside the tour boat, having a moment with my Daddy.

Boat houses along the canals. These are real houses with electricity and water.

A view of the docks where the tour boats are moored.
Should a dive steam in the unlucky volunteer?

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