The Bear and Spring

(Photo from internet, since no bears were seen on our zoo adventure ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Groundhog Day is a day celebrated on February 2 in North America. According to folklore, if it is cloudy when a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day, then spring will come early; if it is sunny, the groundhog will supposedly see its shadow and retreat back into its burrow, and the winter weather will continue for six more weeks.

Here in Hungary we have a similar weather lore, wherein a bear is the prognosticator as opposed to a groundhog.

If the bear comes out of his cave and the sun is shining and he sees his shadow, Then he goes back, and it will be a long winter. If it is cloudy and he comes out and doesnโ€™t see his shadow then spring is just around the corner.

So last sunday we went to the zoo, to see the weather prediction by the bear, but the bear didnโ€™t come out at all, at the gate they said they havenโ€™t seen him in daysโ€ฆ, so i have no idea what that means.ย  I hope it does not mean that there will be no spring at all ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

We did see some other aminals:

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Hippo.

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Gibbon.

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Giraffe.

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The Siberian Tiger seemed in his element in all the snow ๐Ÿ™‚

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White peacock. Beautiful ๐Ÿ™‚

This is my 51th post, meaning the last one was the 50th. Hurray! ๐Ÿ™‚

Do you have any weather lore in your country?

Winter Vacation 1

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The Husband gave us a great gift this year. He took us to a 4 star hotel : Oxigen Hotel and Zen Spa (http://o.oxigenhotel.hu/galeria) for 4 nights. It is located in Northern Hungary in the mountains of Bukk, close to the city Eger, in Noszvaj village, in the woods ๐Ÿ™‚ Noszvaj is said to have the freshest air in the whole Country. The hotel has a Zen Spa, and it is also kid/baby friendly.

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Our room.

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Panorama picture of the Zen Spa swimming pooll

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Blackberry #1 in the kid swimming pool.

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In the jacuzzi.

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Blackberry #2 first hated the Zen Spa, he cried when we put him in the pool ๐Ÿ˜ฆ So for most of our stay he stayed outside, dry.

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Then one day twin baby girls arrived at the hotel and went swimming, and that is when he first found the pool an exciting place ๐Ÿ™‚ The power of women ๐Ÿ™‚

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They had all kinds of programs for kids:

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Kid sauna. Blackberry #1 was the only participant. Check out his attractive hostess ๐Ÿ™‚

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They had 2 kid playhouses, one was in the restaurant. They also have az outside playground. They also had a puppet show one night for the kids. They also had plenty of programs for the adults. I took a yoga class ๐Ÿ™‚

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The restaurant at breakfast.

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We were there just before Christmas, so the decorations were wonderful.

We went on an excursion to Lillafured:

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Blackberry #1 in front of the entrance of St. Stephen Cave.

The St. Stephen cave was discovered by a dog, who accidentially fell into a pit. He barked and howled for days until finally two young guys heard the sound. They followed the barks, found the pit, organized a rope and rescued the poor dog. So the cave was first called Kutya-barlang (Dog’s Cave). This story happened around 1900.

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The cave is also interesting for its cave life. There are numerous bats, which use the cave to sleep or hibernate.ย 

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Lillafured also has a lovely waterfall, which was kind of frozen when we were there ๐Ÿ™‚

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The garden next to the waterfall.