You'd think there's nothing new in puppetry, but that's until you go to the Thang Long water puppet show in a theatre near the lake in the centre of old town Hanoi. Fighting dragons, jumping fish and dancing warriors are all part of the legends and tales which unfold on water on the stage, accompanied by haunting traditional music. The denoument is when they show you how they do it ...shhhhh. Unique and great for all ages.
El Lobo Wolf Park lies in the hills near the spectacular El Torcal National Park in the Malaga region of Andalucia. At the park you can do guided walking tours every day of the year (except Dec 25 and Jan 1) to see packs of four species of wolves who live in a very natural and spacious environment. Eye to eye contact with a wolf (they have marmalade eyes) is an unforgettable experience. In the summer you can reserve a place on a weekend Howl Night where you have a BBQ at sunset then join in howling with the wolves and Daniel, the German who founded the park and lives here. The best time, of course, on full moon nights. Wonderfully run, this is a great place for adult or child for only €9.50 or €6.50. Cafeteria, shop and petting zoo included (not wolves but Vietnamese pigs, hens, Bambi and foxes).
This tranquil donkey sanctuary with signed paths and a shop and picnic tables is home to around 100 rescued donkeys. Some were taken in injured, some had been mistreated or simply abandoned and others were exhausted after a life as taxi donkeys or rescued from poorly managed zoos. The spacious sanctuary covers several acres and the donkeys look so happy. An ideal day out for children who can adopt a donkey (but not take it home, of course) for as little as €20. Our blind donkey Alberto sadly died but we then adopted Leon who is doing well. The British run refugio is a subsidiary of the sanctuary in Sidmouth, Devon.
Signed from centre of Fuente de Piedra, nr Antequera, Malaga Province, Spain.
Fuente de Piedra Railway Station
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