Barcelona with all splendors has offered more delight than I can ever imagine. Our visit was so far productive, where I admired all the architectural buildings. In the evenings, we walked through the streets looking at the names of shops, cafes, restaurants, boutique hotels, theaters, and so on. No wonder, modernism has caught hold of this historic city and I could find the cosmopolitan artifact in many of the shops and cafes.
We had our next itinerary fixed to Barcelona Zoo, which is just 5 km away from Parc de Montjuïc. The zoo is located in Parc de la Ciutadella and is open for people from 10 am to 7 pm. I had included the zoo in the itinerary for Joseph, who was thrilled by it. To give you some details about the zoo – it was opened in 1892 on the Barcelona’s Saint’s Day. It was built with the sole purpose of conserving nature and evolving as a source of biodiversity.
We had to buy tickets, which cost around 20 euro and 12 euro for children. The zoo has a large collection of amphibians, birds, mammals, and reptiles. Joseph was quite excited to see toads, among which we found Majorcan midwife toad. I learned from there that the zoo was instrumental in preserving these toads and releasing them to their natural habitat.
Next, we moved to the birds’ section to find a variety of American flamingos, black vultures, Humboldt penguins, Hyacinth macaws, ostrich and toco toucan. We witnessed a large number of flamingos well preserved. Looking at the tall ostrich, my son shrilled; he had never seen such a tall bird. There were two colors of ostrich and I presumed they were males and females.
We walked further up to reach the mammals section, which had a variety of them such as the African elephant, baringo giraffe, bottlenose dolphin, giant anteater, Saharan dorcas gazelle, Sumatran
tiger, and Western lowland gorilla.
The last in the collection of animals was reptiles and they included Galapagos tortoise, Indian roc python, Komodo dragon, reticulate gila monster, rhinoceros iguana, and saltwater crocodile. I felt the place of Barcelona high in the history for its efforts to preserve the art, culture, history and nature in their true sense.