Zeb the Duck is in Maputo, Mozambique, but Now What??

I, Zeb the Duck, am in Maputo, the capital of Mozambique, in southern Africa.   My hotel is nice and centrally located.

Hotel Maputo in Maputo, Mozmbique

Hotel Maputo in Maputo, Mozambique

But, there are no tourist offices, no tourist maps and no tourist information in sight.   So, mom and I head out and are greeted by vendors.   Persistent, but friendly, vendors.   We do not want to shop today, just look around and get oriented.   We head downhill, hopefully toward Maputo Bay.    Must be a government building?

Government building

Government building

This statue is of Marechal Samora Moises Machel, the first president of the Republic of Mozambique.

First president of the Republic of Mozambique

First president of the Republic of Mozambique

And here are the friendly, persistent vendors.   Still no shopping today.   We wander a little more, not sure where we are heading and what we are seeing.   A park, older homes, and our friendly, persistent vendors.   So, mom talks to Isaac, one of the vendors.   He is friendly and persistent, and we like him.   He agrees to be our tour guide today.   This is so much better.   I, Zeb the Duck, like Isaac, and he speaks a little English.   Mom wasn’t a very good tour guide here.   Isaac takes us to The Fort.   A short walk and we are here.

The Fort

The Fort

Inside is a garden and small museum.   I love the statues.   Here I am on a horse.

Love statues of humans on horses--and a duck

Love statues of humans on horses–and a duck

This wagon is great also.

Wagon

Wagon

This fort was build by the Portuguese in the mid 19th century, near the site of an earlier fort.   Portugal colonized Mozambique and the official language is Portuguese.   However, like many places in Africa, people speak a few tribal languages first, then learn the official language left by the Europeans.   These people speak many languages.   Here I am, sitting comfortably with Isaac, our guide, watching me.

Isaac is watching me.

Isaac is watching me.

Inside one of the small rooms of the small museum, I rest on the sealed carved wooden coffin of Ngungunhane, the final ruler of the famed kingdom of Gaza.

Wooden coffin

Wooden coffin

The Kingdom of Gaza, 1824-1895, dominated southeast Africa in what is now southern Mozambique, southeast Zimbabwe, and parts of South Africa.     The coffin lid carving is beautiful.

Carved coffin lid

Carved coffin lid

More wonderful carving on these wall panels.

Carvings

Carvings

More statues with me, Zeb the Duck.

Sculptures

Sculptures

And statues on wall panels.

Sculptures

Sculptures

This fort was well guarded.

Every fort needs canons.

Every fort needs canons.

Attacks from the water were always a very real threat.   This fort is on Maputo Bay which goes into the Indian Ocean.   Leaving The Fort, you can see that Maputo Bay, and the Indian Ocean are right here.

Leaving the Fort, Maputo Bay sparkles in the sun.

Leaving the Fort, Maputo Bay sparkles in the sun.

Mom and Isaac agree to meet again tomorrow morning at our hotel, and he will show us more of the Maputo area.   I am so glad she decided to hire Isaac.

Dinner at The Fort near Denver

Zeb the Duck here and I am very happy.  My Alaska cousin, Eider and his dad, are flying to Denver today.  Mom and I picked them up at Denver International Airport.  This is a very big airport.  Denver_International_AirportThe design is to represent the high mountain peaks of the Rocky Mountains.

Blue horse at Denver International Airport

Blue horse at Denver International Airport

The blue horse at the airport is an original and well known to travelers using Denver’s airport.

Eider and I and our humans visited The Fort restaurant in nearby Morrison, Colorado for dinner.  They specialize in Colorado beef, wild game and fish.  We started with warm bread and pumpkin nut rolls.

Let's get started!

Let’s get started!

The salads were large, fresh and crisp and very tasty.  The humans ordered a featured meal consisting of a buffalo medallion, an elk chop, and quail breast, served with Montana huckleberry sauce.

So much food

So much food

It was very tasty and we were all pleasantly full.

After dinner, we explored the restaurant.  The bartender was very friendly and invited us to pose on the bar.

Ducks at the bar

Ducks at the bar

Adjoining the bar was an additional lounge.  The smaller tables had colorful cloths

Cozy area

Cozy area

where humans, and ducks,  can sit, chat and enjoy a beverage and snack.   The lounge had a wooden model of Noah’s Ark.

Noah's Ark at The Fort

Noah’s Ark at The Fort

Over the door leaving this lounge we saw this jackalope.

What's a jackalope?

What’s a jackalope?

They humans just laughed as we asked where jackalopes live.  Must be a human joke.   In another room we saw this buffalo mount on a wall.

Buffalo at The Fort

Buffalo at The Fort

Buffalo sure are big!  These are huge horns over the grill.

Huge horns.  We feel so small.

Huge horns. We feel so small.

It was dark when we left the restaurant.  We liked this fire pit.

Fire pit on outdoor patio

Fire pit on outdoor patio

Contained fires are very warm and inviting.  They even had a statue of a polar bear.

A polar bear in Colorado

A polar bear in Colorado

After seeing this, Eider and I decided to be good.

We promise to be good!

We promise to be good!

We liked The Fort and we think you would also.  Visit http://www.thefort.com for more information.  The food, decor and views are wonderful.

The Fort Restaurant

The Fort Restaurant