In Cape Town: V&A Waterfront

I love this area of Cape Town so much. It has such a nice vibe. There are so many things to do, see and eat. It is just perfect on a hot summers day, eating outside and listening to a group sing and play their music.IMG_9395

What to Do:

  1. Walking around the harbour is a definite, there are so many restaurants and shops around you will never get bored.
  2. Go to the V&A shopping mall. There are so many shops, expensive to cheap, there really is a shop for every budget.
  3. Go to Market on the Wharf. This is the place if you love food, all types of well made, tasty and fresh food. Also great coffee in the Origin stand. So many amazing things are in this market. 100% recommend going for lunch there.
  4. Go to the Watershed shopping area. Next to Two Oceans Aquarium.  It’s got lots of different brands, clothes, trinkets, handmade, interesting objects. It is a really great place to go shopping!
  5. Two Oceans Aquarium. There is lots of different species, great exhibits and really lovely staff that are incredibly knowledgeable.
  6. There is also a Springbok museum, just incase you feel sporty.IMG_9396IMG_9386

The Waterfront is the stepping stone to go to Robbin Island, the prison that held Nelson Mandela. If you intend to do this trip allow a full day. On a good day this tour takes three to three and a half hours. If it is inclement than expect the trip to take five to five and a half. Tours sell out very quickly also so maybe book online when you think the weather will be nice.IMG_9394

This area really is lovely. It’s exactly what a harbour should be.

Happy Travels!

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In Berlin: Zoo Aquarium Berlin

Firstly can I just say that the website is the most confusing page I have ever visited, they don’t give you a lot of information and generally made me a little frustrated.

 I went to the Aquarium first, I love aquariums, they are so peaceful and fish are amazing!

 It was 15 euro for me, as a student, to get in to both the aquarium and the zoo.

The Aquarium:pmgill_20121117_0002

 The ground floor of the Aquarium is where all the fish are, they have some amazing creatures, they have some of my favourites like, sea horses, black tipped sharks, jelly fish, rays, beautiful coloured fish. pmgill_20121117_0001The second floor is for the Reptiles, oh how I love reptiles, they have some amazing creatures, my favourite was the Rhinoceros Iguana, they are amazing! They also have chameleons  loads of snakes and other lizards. The third and final floor was the floor with the amphibians, there were lots of poison frogs and toads and there was an amazing Giant Chinese Salamander, which was just awesome!pmgill_20121117_0003

 I really really recommend the Aquarium and I recently found out I missed some of the aquarium which means I need to go back!

The Zoo:

It was freezing out so most of the animals were indoors and I read reviews of the zoo and people were quite upset of the enclosures that the animals lived in, I understand because the enclosures are not the best I have seen, they are a bit sparse and look like what you would find in a very old fashioned zoo. I think they are trying to be a bit better but it is still a little upsetting at times.pmgill_20121117_0001

They have some amazing animals though, they have brown bears, pandas and something that was really cool to me was the armadillo! I had never seen one but it was so amazing!

 Over all the zoo is a little difficult to get around, it’s so big and there is so much to see that it’s easy to miss stuff. There is also very little information, there is tiny little signs to the side of the enclosures but they are too small for the amount of people that go by, I would like to see bigger signs after all these should be educational places and I want accessible information.pmgill_20121117_0002

 Also don’t really go in winter, as it is so cold and was foggy when I was there. I think I would go back in summer or spring because it would be much better to see the animals.

 All in all I think there are some great animals in this zoo, some enclosures did make me a little sad but it was still a great few hours!

Happy Travels!