Saturday, January 28, 2012
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
R and I went to a eagle viewing on Saturday. It was 23 degrees and windy, but once we started moving around it warmed up. We took a 3 mile hike and only managed to see one eagle in the wild. It was a great day!
The fort was established in 1805, fifteen miles north of St Louis. It was a trading post and Lewis and Clark camped at this site before their voyage to explore the west. It was the first American military outpost. The original fort was build below the bluffs and if still standing would be in the middle of the river. The second fort was built on top of the bluffs and has since disappeared. The above view is from the top of the staircase. If you look really hard you can see a eagle on left of the photo.
The "Grand Staircase" was build by the WPA in 1936 and the park became a playground for the wealthy. This stair case is purported to be haunted by a red mist, guess it was too cold for the mist today.
Part of the bath house; reminds me of the stone cottages in the Irish countryside.
The World Bird Sanctuary was at the eagle viewing with some of their birds. This little guy is 20 years old and looked like a stuffed animal. All the birds are rehabbed birds; most had injuries so they could not live in the wild.
Thursday, January 19, 2012
I went to a Halfa (belly dance party) at Ya Hala restaurant. We had good food; I ordered fafala (mashed chickpeas, garlic, onion and spices, think meatball size and fried) and tabbouli salad (bulgar, tomatoes, cucumbers, mint, seasoned with olive oil, lemon juice and salt) and hummus with pita bread and mint tea. I love the costumes the dancers wear.
Monday, January 16, 2012
I received this card from my pen pal Maria. Maria lives in Finland on a archipelago and is an artist. We met thru http://www.postcrossing.com/ and have been corresponding a couple of years. Maria spends time in Greece and has shared her photos and art work with me of this beautiful country.