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I’m an anti-war activist and I come by it understandably. One of my uncles spent a good portion of his life suffering what they used to call shell shock, and is now called  post traumatic stress syndrome. When you take a normal person and ask him to kill, and he does, it changes everything he believed about himself.
During the Cold War with Russia, my father subscribed to Russian Life if only to teach us that Russian people were not evil. They were people who desired the same things in life that we do. People around the world basically want the same things, family, security, shelter, enough to eat, freedoms to pursue a fruitful, productive life. They are not evil. They have evil leaders.
Locked away in the Hermitage for all those cold war years and beyond, were beautiful, unseen masterpieces. I found a book with Hermitage pictures and tried to get some reasonable images. I tried several websites and no one is allowed to photograph the master works and I didn’t find any pictures. Hope these suffice for a peak.

High society.

A man bringing home food for his family.

A beauty.

Removing a cinder from the eye was a family affair.

One of hundreds of paintings of the Madonna. Many have been replicated on stamps and Christmas Cards.

Pregnancy watch.

The clothing and trappings are colorful and interesting.
The Hermitage has artworks from masters around the world. Several books have been written about it with photos. It has a gold room, and priceless treasures besides paintings.
On my bucket list is a trip to the former Soviet Union to see the Hermitage at St. Petersburg.
This link gives information about the Hermitage.

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National Naval Aviation Museum, Pensacola, Florida – Day 2

Jim says: Yesterday was another six-hour day at the museum and a most enjoyable day.

Here’s a few photos of some things I saw…

The entrance to the National Naval Aviation Museum
A World War I Fighter Pilot.
In World War I, carrier pigeons were used to send messages.
This was the first plane to cross the Atlantic Ocean in 1919.
The mascot of the Pensacola Naval Air Station.
President George H.W. Bush took his first solo flight as an Naval Aviation Pilot Cadet in this very airplane in November, 1942.
A Japanese World War II Fighter Plane.
A Russian MIG 15.
A World War II “Flying Tigers” paint job.
A painting of a World War II Japanese Aircraft Carrier under attack.
A painting of the legendary World War II plane of “Pappy” Boyington of the famous Black Sheep Squadron.
A 28 cylinder aircraft engine.

To see the other 213 photos I took, click this link…

Here’s the National Naval Aviation Museum official website link…

Here’s a Wikipedia information link…

Here’s a Facebook link…

The first floor exhibits I saw today were…
* NC-4 Flying Boat,
* U.S. Coast Guard,
* P.O.W. Exhibit,
* World War I,
* Sunken Treasure, and
* U.S.S. Cabot Flight Deck

I got most of the first floor completed yesterday. So far, I’ve got 12 hours in the museum. I should be able to finish everything up today. I’m happy to report the crowds yesterday were 1/100th of what they were the day before yesterday. Also the children were much better behaved.

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2010
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