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Saturday, November 15, 2014


Take the Library of Congress:

 It is now the largest and most international library in the world. 

It is located in three buildings: 
Thomas Jefferson Building, 

John Adams Building, and James Madison Memorial Building.

In its 838 miles of book shelves, you could easily spend a lifetime reading and admiring its lovely architecture.

Take the Louvre Museum ...

{Image courtesy of Gloumouth1}

 Nearly 35,000 objects from prehistory to the 21st century are exhibited 

over an area of 60,600 square meters (652,300 square feet). 

The Louvre is the world's most visited museum, and received more than 9.7 million visitors in 2012

Ask D.G. Hudson how much time you could spend wandering this museum, 

finding new delights with each day.


It consists of 100 acres (40 ha) of parkland leased from the City of San Diego

and ownership of all animals, equipment and other assets rests with the City of San Diego. 

 San Diego Zoo pioneered the concept of open-air, cageless exhibits that re-create natural animal habitats.  

It is one of the few zoos in the world that houses the giant panda.

A lifetime spent among those beautiful wild animals being protected from Man's savage lust for killing.  

Helping lost children find their parents after having becoming obsessed with their own favorite animals would be fun.

Perhaps I could learn from the zoo keepers and help them.  

The Lakota in me would suffocate inside a library or museum for life.  

But under the sun of California, learning about the wonders of all those animals, 

hearing the laughter of children and their parents --

I would choose the San Diego Zoo.

What about you?  
Library?  Museum?  Or Zoo?


  1. Having been spoiled enough to have visited all three, I can honestly say that I don't think I good ever chose. I couldn't imagine excluding art, books, or creatures.

  2. Connie:
    Nature is herself a book which can be read endlessly, learning new things with each passing day.

    I envy you visiting all three. But to spend a LIFE inside a museum or library would suffocate me after a time. :-)

  3. As much as I love animals I'm going to have to choose the library. But I assume I can bring my pets with me...

  4. It would have to be a library - with the hope that from time to time I could have day trips to museums. Much as I love animals, zoos make me sad. I know that it will be the only way we see some animals, I know that the better ones are working hard at conserving the animals - and they are still imprisoned...

  5. Mshatch:
    I don't think any library allows pets! :-)

    Elephant's Child:
    I think you would love the library of congress. :-)

    If you watch the video of the San Diego Zoo Safari Tour, you will see how much freedom the animals are allowed.

  6. I would pick the zoo.
    Then I'd have animals to keep me company.
    And if I got hungry,
    Don't worry, I would only eat the ones I really didn't like. (Kidding!)

  7. Hi Roland. As much as I'd miss the Louvre and Australia Zoo, I would choose to spend my time in a huge library...not sure which one. Plenty to choose from.

    Denise :)

  8. This is so strange... I thought it would be easy to answer such a question, but it doesn't seem to be. I simply don't know. :-)

  9. Alex:
    At last a kindred spirit! It's being in those places for the rest of my life that makes it hard.

    In the open air, I could retain my spirit and sanity. I love tigers, and they would love me (sadly for dinner!)

    Did you see the fun things to do on the Safari Tour? Sailing above the landscape on those ski like lines?

    I think you would love the Library of Congress. It is a bit like a museum with its architecture.

    It's the FOR LIFE part that throws you and me. :-)

  10. I would choose the Louvre, if only to appreciate the many forms of beauty and history made by man. I found the museum very peaceful and it soothed my soul to see what works man has wrought.

    The library would be my second choice. To read as long as I could. I don't think I'd choose a zoo, even with the animals roaming free. I used to have recurring dreams of being in an animal preserve with animals all about which didn't harm me, but left me feeling uneasy. Zoos always make me sad, even if they are protecting the animals as they contain something 'live' on display. . . But we each have our own reasons. Interesting question, Roland.

  11. Hi Roland .. I can see the advantages of all three ... I'm not sure I could take the San Diego zoo - too hot for most of the year ... but they'd have books too ... so I'd probably choose a zoo somewhere .. possibly London - they might have an underground passage for me to escape for a while?! The British Museum or the British Library ...

    Stuffiness - yes I can see that ... a dilemma ... I'm unlikely to have - but an interesting thought ...

    Cheers Hilary

  12. I'm a fan of the zoo, but I'd start feeling cooped up if I was stuck anywhere for more than a few hours.

  13. D.G.:
    No surprise there! The Louvre would be my second choice for all of its beauty and history of Man's striving to create beauty over the thousands of years. And there would be books in the shop, and people, too.

    But to be cooped up inside for the rest of my life. Brrrr.

    Which is the fact, like with you, that saddens me about any zoo.


    There are inside areas in the San Diego Zoo that are air-conditioned. But I would spend the majority of my time in its Safari Park.

    It would be the demand for Hush-Hush in both library and museum that would prove trying over time for me! :-)

    The San Diego Zoo stretches on for acres under the wide California sky. But I see your meaning.

  14. great, great question... I don't think I could choose, but if I did it would be the library of congress... for there the artworks would be within the books, animals would be within the pages and books would keep my mind busy until I should die. I could be somewhere every day, different from the last.


  15. Zoo, hands down. But, I'd probably sneak a couple of books into my handbag :)

  16. I probably would choose a library. I have been to both the Library of Congress and to the zoos in San Diego. (Just to show you that once upon a long time ago, I did go places.)I saw the pandas and their baby once. That baby was active, running around, full of mischief, while mama and papa barely moved except for chewing.

  17. Jeremy:
    I can see your reasoning! The Library of Congress is indeed breath-taking in its scope and architecture!

    I'm with you. :-)

    Mama and Papa Panda were probably too tired from having run after their little tike all day!

    But where would Samson and Faith do with you in the library?!

  18. I'd try getting lucky at Meilori's.

    Which reminds me, I saw on the news that part of the French Quarter collapsed today. That's what happens when ghosts kill off building inspectors.

  19. Much as those libraries and the Louvre are gorgeous, and I'd love all the books and art, I would join you at the zoo, Roland. Being out with the animals every day would be heaven. A little smelly, but heaven nonetheless.