The day before Mario began his school year we went to the Cologne Zoo. Mario was excited to wear his new bright yellow sneakers that he got for the new school year. Sadly, although the sneakers were cute Mario outgrew them in only 3 months. Here is Mario proudly wearing his new sneakers in front of some of the murals on the outside walls of the Cologne Zoo. In 2011 thirteen artists or artist groups beautified the walls which had previously been covered with a lot of random graffiti until then. Different murals are painted on the walls depicting zoo animals and a competition was even held to choose the best mural after they were completed. The murals still remain today and we love to look at them whenever we visit the zoo. I have to admit that some of my favorite art is street art; I love to discover beautiful art on walls of buildings when we are exploring cities and love sharing art of all mediums with Mario.