Not So National Zoo

Front Royal, Virginia is a charming town in the Shenandoah Valley. I spent a lovely morning there one fall day as I meandered home from a weekend in Winchester.

This mural wasn’t in the best shape but I found it delightful. Called The Not So National Zoo, it was painted by Patricia Hope Windrow. The internet tells me that she was born in London in 1921 and Paris educated.

She painted a number of murals in private homes and public spaces throughout her career. She operated a gallery in Front Royal for a number of years and died in 2013.

Isn’t it delightful?

This is one of the reasons I so enjoy road trips and exploring the side streets of towns big and small. There are interesting things to see and stuff to learn everywhere you go.

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