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Monday, April 11, 2016

Fort Worth Zoo Lions, Tigers, Antelope, Exotic Birds



The Fort Worth Zoo was voted best zoo by Family Life Magazine, LA Times, and USA Today.   It is home to 5,000 exotic and native animals.   When the zoo opened in 1909 the animals to see were one lion,
two bear cubs, an alligator
a coyote,

a peacock and a few rabbits.

The Herpetarium was completed in the summer of 1960 with one of the largest exhibits of reptiles and amphibians in the world.  The original Herpetarium closed in 2009 to be replaced by the Museum of Living Art in 2010.

Zookeepers are available to let you touch a snake.  The scales are scratchy to the touch.

World of Primates opened in 1992 with an indoor and outdoor exhibit of gorilla groups.

Watch the apes eat lettuce and other treats for primates.
Asian Falls opened in 1992 with an exotic exhibit of White Tigers.


White and Malayan tigers share a habitat of majestic waterfalls flowing.
White Tigers enjoy the sound of water splashing on rocks.
Raptor Canyon is an aviary that opened in 1993.  It is home to crowned eagles,
An Andean condor,

a milky eagle owl, harpy eagles, and bateleur eagles.

The cheetah exhibit opened in 1994 with exotic black spotted wild cats.
Flamingo Bay is home to the 70 peach colored birds who love to flock together.

Parrot Paradise was opened in 2004 to a free flight aviary.  Children have fun feeding the parakeets and cockatoos.  .
The rain forest habitat is home to bright colorful red, white and blue Macaws.  They have large beaks to crack open shells.

Animals from Australia hop with their friends.  Kangaroos carry their babies in their pouch.
 Kangaroos have large ears to help them listen for predators who might want to harm them.  My what large tails they have.


Black and white penguins have a thick fur to keep them warm.

Wild Pheasants roam the Texas Hill Country to  make the hillside colorful.  Their eyes can spot food to eat.

Angel Fish love to play chase in  aquariums for fish who love to swim in coral reefs all over the world.

Antelope love to play in the open grassy fields of green.

It takes alot of workers to help maintain a safe place for animals to be healthy.  Thank you zookeepers for providing such a wonderful zoo for all to enjoy.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic

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Cesky Krumlov is an enchanted town located in the Bohemian Region of the Czech Republic.  The old Cesky Krumlov Castle is a UNESCO World Heritage site.


  It's an amazing example of a quaint European medieval town whose architecture has remained safe for five centuries.  The castle is set high on the hill with a wall of protection.  Below is the town of winding cobblestone streets filled with shops selling Czech Crystal, jewelry, and pottery.



Vitkovci began building the castle in 1240 by the Vltava River because it was an important trade route in Bohemia.



  Most of the architecture dates from the 14th to 17th centuries.  There is a combination of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque styles.



The House of Rosenberg acquired the castle in 1302.  Gold was found in the 15th century so miners came to explore for their own treasures.  Emeror Rudolf II bought Krumlov in 1602 and passed it down to his son Julius dAustria.



 Power kept passing hands and Emperor Ferdinand II gave Krumlov to the House of Eggenberg which made the town the seat of Ducy of Krumlov.

The House of Schwarzenberg had a long relationship with the castle because it took control from 1719 to 1945.


  The core of the town is next to a curve in the river with the castle on the other side.  Germans and Czechs both lived in Cesky Krumlov in 1910.  But by the end of 1918 the Czechoslovak army gained power of the area.


Visit the museum to see jewelry worn by royalty.
The table setting is all set for a regal dinner engagement. All of the silverware must be in the right place with a white crisp napkin in the center of priceless china.
Leave the castle with a bear in the moat for protection.
After a historic tour of the castle have fun shopping in quaint shops full of old Bohemian gingerbread at Cesky Pernik.
Stroll the streets of Cesky Krumlov to find the town center.  

As the sun sets on the quaint town people visiting feel blessed to see such a glorious place.  Sign up for a day tour from Prague.  Our guide Sarah was amazing.  

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Berlin Travel Checkpoint Charlie and the Berlin Wall

A wall divided Berlin into two very different parts, east and west.  As tourists visit Berlin there is a memory of the separation throughout the city in the trail of a brick wall.  The construction began in 1961 to stop Eastern Bloc emigration because twenty percent of the East Berlin population fled to the west from 1949 to 1961.  Many were engineers, teachers, lawyers, and skilled workers.
Checkpoint Charlie was the name given by the west as the best known crossing point during the cold war.  
Photographs are displayed to show the timeline,

The name Charlie came from the letter C in the Nato phonetic alphabet.  There was also a Checkpoint Alpha and Bravo.  The border crossing has been featured in films, and books for its location on Friedrichsstrasse, a historic street in the American occupied city center.  It was the only gateway for allied diplomats, military personnel and foreign tourists to pass in to the Berlin's Soviet sector.  

The United States, France and Britain stationed military police at Checkpoint Charlie to make sure their officials had easy access to the border.  The Allied guards spent most of their time monitoring diplomatic and military traffic.  A tiny shack and a few sandbags kept the operation simple on the western side to symbolize the wall was not permanent.  The East German side has cement barriers and guard towers to prevent people from illegally crossing.  
On October 22, 1961,Allan Lightner, a diplomat from the United States tried to cross to attend the opera in East Berlin.  The East Berlin Guards demanded to see his passport, but he refused on the grounds that only Soviet officials had the authoritiy to inspect his papers.  He finally got through with the help of U.S. soldiers and military jeeps.  This started a 16 hour stand off with M-48 tanks facing each other on both sides.  President John F. Kennedy contacted Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev and convinced him to withdraw his tanks.
Occasionally Checkpoint Charlie was used for prisoner swaps.  A captured American U-2 spy plane pilot Francis Gary Powers was traded for Rudolf Abel, a convicted spy for espionage.  
East Germany finally eased travel restrictions on November 9,1989.  The new policy was leaked out by a government official at a press conference.  That night street parties broke out around Berlin to celebrate freedom.  
Graffiting on the wall became popular for artists from all over the world.  

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Easter

Easter celebrates Jesus's resurrection from the grave.  Jesus is risen and has conquered death so we might have eternal life with him if we believe, cling to and rely upon him.



The Resurrection
The angel said to the women, Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus who has been crucified.  He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said.  Come see the place where He was lying.  Go quickly and tell His disciples that He has risen from the dead, and behold, He is going ahead of you into Galilee, there you will see Him; behold, I have told you. So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them, Greetings, he said.  They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, Do not be afraid.  Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee, there they will see me.   Mathew 28:5-10




Then Jesus came to them and said,  All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.  And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. Mathew 28; 18-20



For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish so the Son of Mary will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.  Matthew 12:40




Don't be alarmed, he said.  You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified.  He has risen?  He is not here.  See the place where they laid him.  Mark 16;6


But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him. Acts 2;24
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.  Acts 1:8


Peter replied, Repent and be baptized, every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins.  And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.  Acts 2;38

If you continue in your faith, established and firm, and do not move from the hope held out in the gospel.  This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven and of which I Paul, have become a servant.  Colossians 1:23

Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  Matthew 11:29
Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness Romans 6:13