Sunday, May 9:  Monkey Zoo

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Photo 267  NOTE: These Pages are for the Monkeys! This is a Monkey
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Photo 268  This is Another Monkey
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Photo 269  This is...er, a, um, monkey.
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Photo 270  What do You Know! A MONKEY!
I woke up with a start, and got dressed and ready to go to breakfast. For some reason I was very hungry, so I grabbed a little more food then usual. After we ate, my dad had to go to the Internet cafe’, so I trailed along behind him. When we finally reached the place, it was closed. Since Robert and Mom didn’t come, they went out to do their own thing, so now we would have to wait for them. My dad said we should take the longer route through the town, past the park and church, to see if we would meet up with them. We popped inside of the church, just to see if they were doing mass or something, but we didn’t see them anywhere. Disappointed, we walked back home, while I did some math. Finally they came back, and they said that they were doing mass, and that we didn’t see them! Oh, well. Now that everybody was here, we could grab our packs and get ready to got to Rocamadour, a town. We all piled in the car, getting ready for the 1 hour drive ahead of us. I read my book the whole way, but near the end of the drive got carsick, so I stopped right when we parked. Rocamadour is a town built on the side of the cliff, so the town is built up of floors. We parked on the top floor, then gazed down at the beautiful valley below us. Then we walked down the steps, doing a criss-cross pattern down, and along the way there were little rock signs of the stations of the cross. Soon we reached the bottom, where there was a church built near the rock, overlooking a very small little square. We entered the bare church, and noticed that it was very simple. It had an altar, a podium, a few stained glass windows, and some seating up above. It was very neat, I thought, especially the elevated seating. There was also a little side chapel, with many lit candles, and some kids lighting some, and a huge tribute to some saint. We went out of the exit and down the marble stairs and onto the mini-plaza.

Mom wanted to go to a quick museum, so we went with her, except Dad didn’t feel like it. It was called the Sacred Art Museum, and was very religious. It had five small floors, so we did the top three first. There were many things about Mary, because this is the city of Mary, including paintings, miracles, and sculptures. Many were torn apart by people during some time period, and it was weird, including one of Jesus. After we saw all of the things on these floors, we went to the bottom two, only to find it was all boring “modern” art. So we went back up and out to where my dad was waiting. Then we all wanted to explore the actual town, so we went down another floor by some stairs. The town was relatively cute, with lots of shops. It was about noon, lunchtime, so we scanned the area, looking for a sandwich shop. Eventually we did, and Robert and I split a ham and cheese sandwich and fries. We sat in a little area overlooking the valley, on a bench. There was an orange cat strolling around a house, going through the fence, back out, and in again. After everyone ate, we all decided to leave the town, because we pretty much saw everything, mostly. It was a hard hike back up again, but exhausted, we made it. At the top floor we decided what to do next. I said that there was a monkey farm about five minutes away, so we decided to go there.

Shortly after, we parked and looked around. It was like a huge cage, at least a few hectares, full of monkeys. We bought tickets to go in, and they gave you a handful of popcorn to feed to them. There were 130 Barbary Macaques, and they were endangered. We walked along the designated path, until we came to a clearing, full of monkeys! Monkeys have been my favorite animals for a few years, so I knew this would be fun. They walk right up to you, and you stick out your hand, and they grab the popcorn and scamper away. It was so Awesome! They were everywhere, and even a few babies. The kids fight, the adults groom each other, and everyone drinks from the pond. We moved on, to a less crowded clearing, where we sat for a long time, fed them, and took pictures. They are allowed to scamper wherever they want, as long as you don’t touch them. After a bit we went to a very quiet area with tons of monkeys, but few people. There were many kids fighting over sticks, and there moms pulled them away. Once, two babies were on a wooden fence, they pushed each other, until one flew off! I fed them the last of my popcorn, and then we walked back to the first clearing, to see a monkey fight was going on. They were very loud, screaming the whole time, thrashing each other. When it was over, we walked back to the entrance and outside. Back there, we got back in the car and drove home. I had a loose tooth for a long time, and I was jiggling it, when suddenly it popped right out! I didn’t bleed, so that was nice. I always lose my teeth late, so this was only my first molar. We then got home, and I typed for a while, until it was time for supper.

Tonight I got to pick, because I didn’t get a choice for dinner on my real birthday. I decided to go to Pinnochio Cafe’ again, because of their great kid menus. We walked to May 8 Square, and then went inside the restaurant. We had the same waiter, and I ordered the ham and cheese pizza, Sprite, and lemon glace. It came very quickly, and everything was just as delicious as before, except they didn’t make a round pizza by mistake! After we all finished eating, we walked back home to go to sleep. Tomorrow we’re going to a falcon show!