Two days ago, my hubby asked me to wait for him in metro stations after his job finish it’s around 5.45 p.m. (it was a bit late but the cause of summer so it please you a bit to go out around that time). When he asked me out, I asked the question like usually about where he will bring us to. And he said “ah, it’s a secret!! You will know when we meet later!” (My hubby try to be a mysterious guy LOL).
Tick tock tick tock, the time passing and it’s time to meet him and we found each other like usually after his job and he took me to some place name PORTE DE DOREE, I follow him without any question but I had many questions on my head like why we stopped at this place?, is there anything special on this place?, he wants to bring us to the new park? (Because we passing through the big park and quite good to visit and for sure this is my 1st time to visit that part of Paris).
We walk and until I read “PARC ZOOLOGICAL PARIS” and I ask “we go there?” while pointing my finger to one place that not really look like the entrance of ZOO, I don’t know how to say, if you said it’s typical of the modern zoo, maybe yes maybe not.
Some of you will ask “but it’s late, the zoo still open?” exactly the same question like mine when I asked my hubby and he said, “YES, it’s NOCTURNE so they will be closing late at 10.30 p.m. during the summer months June and July”. Ah, one of many reasons that I loved to live here in France is that the NOCTURNE during summer, (that’s cool huh??!!).
So, for everyone who didn’t know about the nocturne I will tell you a bit for that, NOCTURNE is what we called for the exceptional opening or closing time and usually they will still open late or close lately during summer (because on summer, the day will be longer than usual seasons and everybody like more to spend more time outside) and some places like the Zoo, museum, Aquarium or kind of that place will be close lately until the sunset (usually around 10 p.m.).
So back to the Zoo, for the 1st Glance when I saw the entrance this zoo really not look like the real zoo and seems empty and small, the location of this zoo is near the Bois de Vincennes or I could be said near the forest but I didn’t felt I was in the forest at all, and before you enter you still can see there is a complex resident just near and the road also so I could say this zoo is very different than another zoo that I ever visited that located really far from the city and you will really feel if you are in jungle or forest.
Okay, that’s my 1st impression for that place but like the proverb DON’T JUDGE THE BOOKS BY ITS COVER, we are discovering that place, and yes it still empty like in a desert and just with a few animal on it, but it just a beginning. So the 1st animal who welcome us is Ostrich, Lama, and its friends.
We continue and we saw there is the Seal (yeaahh the seal!! I love them) and continue again there is kind of Penguin but I forgot what is the exact name, to them swim is quite great and my girl, seems she likes it a lot to saw them.
We continue the path and we started to find the interesting animal in savanna, like a zebra, rhinoceros, Lion, Giraffe, Big Ostrich, etc. (I’m the fan of Giraffe), for my Girl, she still not really exciting with the animal but she could name them correctly each time I asked her “what’s that?”, at this point, she attracted more with the pebbles, the tree, for everything that you will find on the floor.
So halfway to go, time to have dinner we stop in one quick restaurant just near the Giraffe and its friends are, the name of the restaurant is ZARAFFA that’s meaning Giraffe on Africa or Arab (If I’m not mistakenn). Then we ordered the fish and chip with a menu (Meal + Drink +dessert) for 14€ /each and for baby K, we shared our meal with to her (Even we didn’t order the kids menu, but Baby K got the Tiger mask from there, yeah how lucky she is!!).
After we enjoy the meal with the Giraffe and its friends, we continue to the place called “Serre”, it’s a big place like the Dome and inside you can feel if you are in the jungle and some animal like a bird, sloths, bat and other friendly animals, they let it free inside.
I love this place a lot, but baby K seems a bit afraid of it because it’s a bit dark and really look like the real jungle. Here we had the chameleon, iguana, some species of snake, turtle, bird, lemurs, monkeys, sloth, and Dugong or the sea cow (it’s really amazing to see how big they are!!), the spider and the kinds of Frog also.
After the Serre, we went up to the place where is the artificial mountain is, that’s place really beautiful at the time, the sky is good, all was perfect. We saw the little dome on that place and when you are inside you will see many Pink Flamingo there, it’s really nice place to take a picture a bit closer with the flamingo.
And also, in the artificial mountain area, you can see any kinds of an animal who lived around the mountain like wolf, eagle or even the otter that swim and move freely in its place. Then, there is vivarium, the place where the small things or more like the snake or any insects are.
After exploring in that area, we back again and see the Giraffe’s Building, the place when the giraffes had sleep or eating like a house. And the adventure has been finished to the gift’s shop (Hihi, it’s kind of obligation to visit that even though you buy it or not) this time, I saw one glass that’s really cute and I bought that for baby K and for the souvenirs also it cost me around 6 €.
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All was done for the day without feeling it we already 4 hours to visit all the park (so, the conclusion is the park is small), we back just in time the closing park, we back and arrive at home around midnight (baby K already explore her dream during the way back home) and of course, we had a nice day inside with the good weather and good feeling, So, I thank you so much for my hubby to bring us to this place, this is short but really great time to enjoy it together.
For the ticket price it was 22€ for adult and for kids under 3 years old is FREE and for reach this place you can take metro line 8 direction Creteil and stop in Porte de dorée or you can take the metro line 1 and stop in Porte de Vincennes and continue with the Tram 3A directions Pont Du Garigliano and stop in Porte de dorée.
For the opening hours special for NOCTURNES just for June and July will be until 10.30 p.m. and if you have a baby or toddler and forget to bring your stroller don’t worry because you rent it there for 5€ and tell them if you want to rent the stroller when you buy the ticket in ticket counter. And this place is really friendly for everyone.
So, here is my story about our dating on the Zoo in Paris, it’s small for the size of usual Zoo but it’s interesting for visiting so I recommended this place for family and everyone.
Have a nice day everyone and See you in next post!!