Today was the day we travelled to France. It really is cool knowing how close it is to get to – like driving to Maine…but it’s France!! We decided on the Sigean Africaine Reserve (not based on the rhino picture I assure you…) as a destination http://www.reserveafricainesigean.fr/. Our “trusty” GPS told us that we had just under 2 hours to go and off we went!
The drive, similar to the drive from Barcelona, was just stunning. This time it was mountains that surrounded us instead of the water but it was just as magnificent and we drove a bit in awe of how beautiful the countryside is here.
The park itself was pretty cool and for the most part appeared natural looking. I do think, and Josh agreed, that there should have been a train or something that goes thru the reserve instead of a caravan of cars. Not only is it bad for the animals to inhale all that carbon monoxide, but it was a major pain the ass to be in stop n go traffic in the middle of an animal reserve. The good thing is that you could stop and take pics from the car and there was no rush to move along – unlike in Disney where if you miss the shot, the truck continues on and the driver could care less.
We were given a piece of paper with a warning on it when we entered the bear and lion area – DO NOT OPEN YOUR WINDOWS, DO NOT GET OUT OF YOUR VEHICLE, DO NOT STOP NEAR THE BEARS OR LIONS!!!
The boys loved seeing the animals up close and personal, although after a 2 hr drive, I think they would have liked a break before going into the reserve and driving for yet another hour to get thru. After a quick lunch we went over to the zoo portion and I was definitely impressed there. The environments for most of the animals were much bigger than in traditional zoos and for a number of them, there were acres to roam about. It makes you feel a little better about them being in captivity if they at least seem to be in a genuine habitat.
After the zoo, it was back to L’Estartit once again. It was a VERY long day full of driving but we all had a great time!!