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Czech Republic Trip - 2010

Catching up again on some photos from our recent travels.

Mbala's parents are so adorable. This is a snapshot strolling down a road in his hometown, Ceske Budejovice.

Stellar's Sea eagles at the Prague zoo.


Ceske Budejovice at night.

The same city during the day.

Mbala's parents own an old water mill and are working on fixing it up to be a working glass studio, blacksmithy, and art gallery. It's full of gorgeous old stonework!

Startings of the blacksmith area!

The mill is 'Sovy mlyn' which means Owl's Mill. Even cooler. :)

Glass color samples in the mold melted glass studio.

A delightful experience at a local tea shop in the city. Mbala loves Pu erh tea and they had some amazingly old varieties we got to try. I am appreciating it more, now, but I still think it tastes like dirt. Mbala calls it 'earthy'.

Lammergeier at the Prague zoo. It was amazing to see these birds in person here - they are the coolest vultures and one of my favorite raptors.

Random and rare photo of me... smiling. ;)

This was my third trip back to the Czech Republic and was a very laid back one - we mostly spent time visiting with family and relaxing, checking out the local sites in Mbala's hometown. We look forward to our next trip back!

Comments

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thornwolf
Feb. 11th, 2011 12:47 am (UTC)
Fox you don't smile you are always always angry. <3

Great photos! I want to go there someday :D It seems so nice!
foxfeather
Feb. 11th, 2011 12:51 am (UTC)
I am most angry when I am smiling like this! Actually I am quite happy because I'm reading through a czech bird guide that I got that has bird names in both english and czech so I can more properly geek out at Mbala about different species.
Prague is absolutely wonderful - and CZ in general. If it ever works out to tour Europe together I'm sure Mbala would be more than happy to show you around (he's a great guide!!)
icelore
Feb. 11th, 2011 12:54 am (UTC)
Amazing pictures, thanks so much for sharing them. :D
walkswithtigers
Feb. 11th, 2011 01:02 am (UTC)
Very cool. Thank you for sharing the photos. I especially like the eagles!

Every time you smile, the world gets just a little bit more lovely.
foxfeather
Feb. 11th, 2011 04:34 am (UTC)
Awww, you are too nice to me!
nambroth
Feb. 11th, 2011 01:17 am (UTC)
You must be angry...
( great photos XD )
lyosha
Feb. 11th, 2011 01:19 am (UTC)
Uuughhhhh Steller's/Lammergeier! <3 Love these photos! Especially you smiling!
foxfeather
Feb. 11th, 2011 04:38 am (UTC)
I am putting lammergeiers on my dream-bird-level list. Someday way in the future when I become an expert raptor handler/keeper I'd love to get one to fly. We'd have the perfect place to put up a massive flight like the one they have in CZ - built on the side of a cliff/bluff. We've got an isolated one about 200 ft long and 1000 ft wide. :) It's a pipe dream but a fun one to have! They aren't CITES (least concern) and a lot of zoos in Europe keep them very successfully. Giant bird with extra braiiins! If we ever have 30k sitting around to build a massive enclosure... ;)
gishkishenh
Feb. 11th, 2011 01:50 am (UTC)
God that looks GORGEOUS!
I wish I could see the mill for myself... I would love to have one and do the same thing! Turn it into a functioning artist's heaven!!!

You smiling = way adorable! XD
brerandalopex
Feb. 11th, 2011 02:26 am (UTC)
What a lovely town, and a wonderful way to use an old mill. I wish Mbala's parents the best of luck in making it a reality.
gatcat
Feb. 11th, 2011 03:17 am (UTC)
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh :>
corvus_animus
Feb. 11th, 2011 04:20 am (UTC)
LAMMERGEIER <3 <3 <3

It must have been awesome to get to see one in person!

Also, I got your email. Will respond soon!

You are smiling because there are birds and all is well <3
foxfeather
Feb. 11th, 2011 04:40 am (UTC)
It was really cool to see them - they are such gorgeous birds with quite a presence! The enclosure at the Prague zoo is fanastic - it's huge and is built on a natural cliffside so mimicing the natural habitat. It was obviously working for the birds since they were mating and nesting while we were there!
I found out the San Diego zoo has some, but I can't find any info on any others in the U.S. at all. No rush at all on the email!!
orzel
Feb. 11th, 2011 05:24 am (UTC)
I actually saw those birds myself, too, when I was getting my raven from that zoo. :>
chenneoue
Feb. 11th, 2011 02:20 pm (UTC)
Beautiful! Love the style of the houses and buildings.
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