Since we were already staying in Tallinn for our July 4th celebration, we decided to spend the night and go to the zoo on Monday. We appreciate our missionary friends, Matt and Denise Graziano, for making their home a "hotel". They were very gracious and made us feel right at home. Monday morning we enjoyed a little bit more time to fellowship and then headed off to the zoo. The zoo was interesting....some of it was beautiful and spacious while other parts looked like prison cells for the poor animals. I've also never seen so many electric fences around cages with signs warning of dangerous animals. One such fence was around some kind of bird...sort of looked like a vulture but much bigger and uglier. Some little monkeys held our attention the longest - there were about 15 in the cage and they were all so playful.
Our biggest disappointment was the fact that the children's petting area was closed. We were still able to see lots of animals...polar bears, monkeys, lion, birds, eagles, brown bear, seals, horses, elephants, and more. It had been a long time since we had taken the kids to a zoo. We enjoyed our time together and also the beautiful sunshine that we miss so much through the winter months. Yes, it was a little warm...and we got hot and thirsty, but all to soon summer will be gone. So, we are thankful for each day of summer.
After our time at the zoo we went to MACK'S BBQ. We had been told that it was like an American restaraunt. Several things we noticed right away that were different than other restaraunts here - they brought us water shortly after we were seated, they put ice in our sodas that we ordered, we recognized many dishes on the menu as typical "American" food. Here are some things that they forgot to do "American" style - free refills, air conditioning, good service, and "to-go" containers. Nevertheless, we enjoyed our meal!
We picked this special restaraunt since we were celebrating my honey's birthday!!!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, RON...YOU ARE THE BEST!!!