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Today we took Eilidh to Amazonia, which is a sort of indoor rainforest located in the grounds of M&Ds Themepark. The park itself was closed due to it being winter, but the indoor stuff was open. There's a bowling alley and a carousel and some places to eat and for kids to play and some gaming arcadey stuff. The park looks like it would be decent in Summer, but not anything as impressive as most themeparks. More like a fancied up Butlin's with rollercoasters and no caravans or chalets.

I took a few pictures while I was there, you'll find them down there vvvv

As I mentioned, there was a bowling alley. Eilidh loved it but she was too small to play. Didn't stop her trying though.

Eilidh and my father looking at a butterfly fluttering by inside Amazonia. I didn't manage to get a photo of any of the butterflies. It's the wrong time of year anyway, only a few were flying free. They have a good couple hundred chrysalises hanging waiting to hatch for spring though.

A bird. There are loads of various kinds flying free. They just hop around. The only times I got good photos was when they stopped by the many food or water dishes, which unfortunately were usually hanging by the ugly windows.

A marmoset! They have adorable faces. None of the kinds I saw were any bigger than my hand.

They have a great collection of mega sized koi. Hmm, I wonder what has these ones all excited?

Aha! Eilidh and my parents feeding them!

More marmosets! These ones are adults, but there was a set of baby twins causing trouble too.

This little finch was a cheeky bugger. I was looking at a snake when he decided he wanted attention too. He hopped down to the roof of the snake pen and posed.

Karmakarmakarma chameleeeeooonnn!

Not sure this guy was too sociable.

I bought a stuffed replica of this fellow in the giftshop, mostly because I happened to have just the right amount in change. Eilidh lost him at some point during the day. Dad went back and bought me another.

And here's the little monster herself, just before she lost my cheapo snake. I love that hat and so does she. Is it not the cutest thing ever?
I have a black one, the ears on mine are longer than she is tall.

There are no photos of the darkroom which had various snakes and caimans and scorpions and bats because I didn't want the flash to disturb any of them. The bats were cool. I also missed getting a good picture of various other insets, including the leafcutter ants that actually walk along ropes above you. Tall people beware of that. There is usually a toucan, but he had injured his wing and was in solitary for a bit of peace and quiet. I didn't do the animal handling thing because although I am fine with the snakes etc...they had tarantulas... They also have a waterfall and keep the temperature near that of a rainforest. We were quite warm by the time we left.

In the amusements bit of the park Eilidh got her first taste of cola (I think - I doubt my brother and sister-in-law would allow her to drink something so additive-laden) and candy floss. It took her a while to get the idea of how to actually eat candy floss but once she got the technique down she loved it. I didn't give her too much though, it's pure sugar.
And I wanted it. Yum.

We then went to a shopping mall that we had never been to. I forget the name, in the same general area though. It looked really good, was large and not too crowded. There's a proper library, a cinema and a full size ice rink as well as shops. I picked up a few books while I was there and just as we were getting halfway...
So we got turfed out before we reached the Disney Store. Oddly enough noone would say what the emergency situation was and they only closed half of the mall. That's still a lot, but still...mysterious.

Anyway, I had fun and so did Eilidh! Yay!
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