ST. LOUIS ZOO

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How can you not love this face?

On  June 8, 2015   I was the guest of my wonderful  friend and neighbor Louise and her son Bill for a day at the Zoo.  What a great time !   Now please  be my guest  and  enjoy  our day through my photos – as you sit comfortably in front of your screen  with no walking,  no heat and no odors.   : )

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Alpaca in the Children’s Zoo – she walked right up to us as if to say ” Are you going to feed me?”

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Elephants of all sizes

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Red Panda

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Catching some  ZZZZs

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Zebras have  great fashion pizzazz!

Now for my favorite – the birds!!

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Taking a bow…

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Lady in pink and maybe a bit of attitude

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Burrowing Owl

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Bird of great balance

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Tawny frogmouth – the  true name !

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Being  entertainment is exhausting  work

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Coming in for a landing with a colorful back drop

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Great  example of serenity and beauty.

Thanks for joining us!

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TRAVELING WITH A FUNNY BONE

 May 16, 2015
This last posting of my May 2015  Germany/Poland adventure  is dedicated to all  the Happy Travelers  who share my addiction  and while loving our home base, we  find  infinite delight in exploring  other destinations.
my kind of cookie
As much as I love to travel, there always comes a time when this cookie has to come home.  Besides all of the alluring  and fascinating  sights I see while traveling, there are  moments that  make me laugh out laugh or pause to ponder….
 I particularly like  Ms. Internet’s  definition of  the Funny Bone:   a person’s sense of humor, as located in an imaginary physical organ.  “photographs to jostle the mind and the funny bone”……..
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on the side of building in Gorlitz, unsigned
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 porch  in Gdansk – is that bubble gum ?
krakow  in Wawel Hill
I have no explanation for this little cherub in Krakow…..
(but I am curious what he is praying for…)
I have no explanation for angels  with no bodies under a bowl of holy water
Nor for these angels with no bodies  squished under a bowl of holy water…
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This is one of those  pause to ponder moments….
just like it sounds (2)
I happened upon a colorful pedigree of kittens in Poland….
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Food or fowl ?
just like it sounds
I saw this sign numerous times before I finally sounded -it-out…..
are these the Bank guards
If I  lived in Poland  I would put my money in this bank….
comemorative coins  and I will say no more
A vending machine for Pope-coins?  Really?
brave man  this isn't funny - it's scary!
Not exactly  funny but it made me  catch  my breath and thankful that
I had a job where my feet are on the ground….
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Always makes me smile to  see a familiar face from home….
very interesting....
This I had to laugh at – confused and directionally challenged…
photo bombed
Lastly, the creepiest photo bomb of the trip.
Thanks for traveling with me!

GORLITZ, GERMANY – – One Last Posting….

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Fragrant and colorful  flowers line the entire “Postplatz” town square

May 6, 2015

I have been back home now for a bit,  sorting  through approximately 1500 ” keeper”  photos that I took so I can  relive  the wonderful sights  I enjoyed.   Here are just a few  more photos of  the  unique, beautiful,   town  of Gorlitz that I wanted to share….

Gorlitz Old Town Hall

This building on the right became the Town Hall in 1350. The tower has 2 clocks, the top clock measures the day, month and moon phase, the bottom clock  tells the time of day and has  a warrior’s head on it.  His tongue  used to stick out on the hour, but now he can only open his mouth.

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The golden lion above the clocks  supposedly whistles at particular moon phases.

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The main entrance of the Town Hall has a balcony where public announcements were made.

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While exploring, I noticed this little cutie talking  to the  statue who  is holding a bowl of books.

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Many doorways were so spectacular  and inquisitive.  Double  clicking  on the photo  will show you better  what I mean.

Gorlitz playground

Lastly, what is a surviving  medieval town  worth   if it does not have the playground to match?

Stay tuned  – the very last posting from my Germany/Poland adventure follows….

Gdansk, Poland – My Parting Photos

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May 15, 2015

Gdansk is such a beautiful city with so many nooks and crannies to be explored.  For this last posting of Gdansk I mulled over all of my photos for the best of the last……

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Everywhere I looked there were  interesting and lovely sights.  Even the porches  and banisters were elaborate with  pansies everywhere.

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Entrance to the old Town Hall, now a museum.

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An entire block of buildings were  fashioned with these creatures  serving as gutter  drains on their  porches.

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Inviting outdoor cafes were everywhere, each chair also providing a blanket as the spring night chill rolls in.

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The dark side of Gdansk’s past –  originally  built in 1531  as the city’s fortification, torture chamber,  courthouse,  tower  prison and execution location, now a museum.

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Also,  remaining today is this part of the city’s fortification and gate.

18th century granary now a hotel

18th century granary on the water front, now wonderfully restored and home to Hotel Gdansk.

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This intricately painted building in the middle has to be the skinniest building I have ever seen.

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The local’s  Market Hall is a great place to browse for most anything, even the excavated remains of an monastery where bones of Dominican monks  were found when the building was being renovated.

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Striking pink “Royal Chapel”  built in 1681.

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Least no one forget.. photos of   WWII destruction  are posted about the city – this one of the Waterfront.

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The Waterfront today

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Gdansk city after WWII

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The colorful, rebuilt buildings today display  the resilience of Gdansk’s citizens  to bring life and joy back to their city.

Thanks for reading!

ST. NICHOLAS CHURCH in Gdansk, Poland

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St. Nicholas Church, 1348

May 15, 2015

While meandering  the side streets of Gdansk, I stumbled upon St. Nicholas Church.   Walking inside, I was surprised to see  so many alters and particularly  how they were lined up all in a row,  5 on each side of the outside  of the pews.

Interestingly,  when Gdansk was bombed   during WWII,  nearly 90 percent of the city was destroyed and all of the churches in the city  were reduced to a pile of rubble.   But St. Nicholas was the only church in the city  to escape any damage.

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the church organ

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Statues were everywhere in this church – even in the light fixtures.

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Interesting wall hanging – looks to me like there are more heads than bodies.

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Another fancy confessional.

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The main alter.

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UPHAGEN HOUSE in Gdansk, Poland

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Uphagen House

May 14, 2015

Touring this house was my chance to see the inside of  one of  these beautiful homes.  These houses were taxed based on the size of the  frontage during the Golden Age.   Thus they were built skinny  in the front yet deep.   John Uphagen bought this house  in 1775 and the house remained  in the family  throughout  the 19th century.  It was opened as  a museum  from 1911  until 1944,  when the  interior and furnishings  were removed from the house due to  WWII .   The house was destroyed in WWII   but  rebuilt  within 10 years after the war.   Although the museum did not reopen again until 1998.

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Model of the house  with the front section  designed for guests  and entertaining and in the back of the house were the actual living quarters. 

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Dining room with a fancy furnace/stove for heating the room.

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View of the entree  foyer  while walking up the stairs.

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Bird themed decor into the music room.

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Kitchen was on the bottom floor.

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I loved this dog faucet and rolling chest. What was in the house was original to the Uphagen family.

Thanks for reading!

ARTUS COURT IN Gdansk, Poland

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Artus Court

May 14th, 2015

In the Middle Ages, the city  provided meeting halls for the brotherhoods, wealthy  merchants  and guilds that existed at the time, which consisted of all men.   Artus Court in Gdansk  is  named after King Arthur  of the Round Table and was built in 1350, then rebuilt in  1476 after a fire and again after WWII.   Meeting Halls were common  but  this is the only original one that has  survived.  Inside are 7 giant model ships  suspended from the ceiling and  other interesting and elaborate  decorations.   A 36 foot tall  stove/ furnace from 1545  is particularly  eye-catching with its  520 tiles featuring great leaders of Europe.  All  of the tiles are original, having survived the WWII bombs.

Enjoy the walk back into time….

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The ceiling also stands out…

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1 of the 7 ships

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Very interesting  and I wish I could explain….

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3-D  mural

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Again, I have no words…..

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Beautiful ship and an interesting outfit…

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Another 3-D wall decoration

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The 36 foot furnace with  520 tiles

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close up of some of the furnace  tiles

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After seeing Artus Court,  this example of the front room  of a “typical” mansion of the day  was next door for viewing.

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Doorman at the exit.

Just a reminder – if you double click on a photo, it will enlarge it so you can better  see the  interesting  details of the decorations.  Thanks for reading!

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