1 The Royal Gardens are near the castle in Prague. Here we stumbled across a bird rescue operation, populated by raptors.
2 This falconer was the keeper of the birds. Many hatched from eggs and imprinted on him.
3 Unfastening a golden eagle from its perch.
4 Betty gets to hold a golden eagle. She's wearing a leather glove with a long gauntlet to protect her arm; the eagle also has a hood over its head to keep it from pecking her.
7 The young lady told us of efforts to rescue birds and return them to the wild. At our request, she posed with the falconer at our request for a photo. (He hammed it up a bit.) Observe the decorative renaissance style wall behind them. The decorations appear to be in relief.
8 Closer view of wall.
9 Upon close inspection we find that the wall had a surface coat of white material which was scarified to make the design appearing thereon.
10 A palace guard. Guard and his girl friend. She said his picture was on a billboard in Prague and that he was picked because he is handsome.
12 Entrance to building which appeared to house a large meeting room. Note view through door to another door on the opposite side.
13 Scarified surface of wall to create design seen in previous slide.
14 View of door on opposite side of building. Small glass panes are fitted in with lead channels, similar to the making of Tiffany lamp shades and stained glass windows.