This Valentines, me and my partner decided to have a whole Valentines weekend, rather than just a day. Starting on the Saturday, my boyfriend arrived with a gorgeous cupcake bouquet. I asked for no flowers as I knew we’d be away, but this tasty treat doubled up as flowers and cake!
We packed the car up with our bags (and cakes) before driving to Paradise Wildlife Park, only an hour or so from where we live. Upon arrival, we checked into the Discovery Centre, where there was a plate of biscuits and hot drinks waiting for us. Feeling replenished, we was shown to where we’d spending the night, on site of the actual zoo!
Our generous sized apartment was named Leopard, which had lots of animal prints and a stunning tiger rug, suitable for a stay at the zoo. We unpacked our bags and warmed up in front of the radiators, hoping the rain outside would calm down.
Eventually ready to brave the outdoors, we had the place almost to ourselves. We strolled through the Woodland Walk, with forests that convinced us we were further away from London than we were, and fed gorgeous, hungry deers.
We watched wolves stretch out in unison and curious monkeys reach through the bars of their cages to grab my bag.
As the zoo neared it’s closing time, we headed back to our apartment to freshen up, have dinner and champagne, all ready for an early start for Valentines Day itself.
We woke bright and early after a lovely slumber, in a pillowy soft bed. The skies were bright, clear and sunny, compared to yesterdays rain and gloom.
We sat in the living area of the apartment and exchanged Valentines gifts. Mine mostly consisted of gorgeous eyeshadow palettes and lots of stunning beauty gifts I’d been eager to try.
Presents opened and bags packed, we went into the zoo for our complimentary breakfast in Safari Sams Diner. We gave back the keys for the wonderful apartment and headed off to do our paid for Shadow The Monkey Keeper Experience.
We got to see and learn about all the different monkeys at the zoo and concluded by feeding ring tailed and black and white ruffed lemurs. The lemurs were boisterous, hyperactive, but overall pretty gentle. It made for a fun start to Valentines Day for us.
So as I said, overall the lemurs were pretty gentle. Except this little guy, who poked me straight in the eye!
As we didn’t get to see too much of the zoo the day before, we took our time seeing all that it had to offer. We fed alpacas and reindeers, watched plump red pandas be fed and saw big cats up close. Unlike many places, the wildlife park never felt crowded, but calm and relaxing.
Happy we’d seen and done all that there was to do, we headed home for a lazy evening after a busy two days. As we had a big meal out on the Saturday, we decided to keep it simple and order a big feast of pizza and sides, to round off a wonderful Valentines weekend.