Kongo always loves a good birthday party, particularly when it’s the first one so this afternoon he drove up to Escondido to help celebrate the first birthday of his twin grand nephews, Aiden and Owen.
Kongo spent three days in Budapest earlier this month. What a city! Budapest possesses charm, history, stunning views, and mystery. Loaded with the flavor of the Astro-Hungarian Empire, a taste of the eastern steppes, and the lurking mysteries of the Cold War, Budapest has something for everyone. These photos try to capture some of the flavor of this marvelous city on the Danube.
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Kongo returned a week ago from a two-week river and land tour through Central Europe to the areas on or near the River Danube. The Danube originates in Germany’s Black Forest and flows 2,872 kilometers to end in the Black Sea. Along the way it passes through four capitals (Kongo visited three of them) and ten countries. Kongo travelled from Budapest, Hungary to Regensberg, Germany and than went up the Rhine-Main canal to Nuremberg. There was a side trip to Salzburg and the final three days were in Prague which is not near the Danube at all. Everything else was on or within sight of the river.
The picture above was taken in Budapest looking up river on the Danube from the Buda side of the Danube. Despite the blue cast caused by late afternoon lighting and a bit of Photoshop, the Danube is not blue, despite the best musical intentions of Johann Strauss.
Kongo is traveling and working out of his Northern Virginia office near Dulles Airport and was surprised with a sweet, suite upgrade at his home away from home at the Hyatt Dulles. Now Kongo is a very frequent guest at this particular Hyatt (he was among the Top 5 visitors in 2011) so room upgrades are pretty standard fare for this monkey but scoring the Presidential Suite doesn’t happen all that often, maybe only once or twice in the past.
A solitary figure descends the steps at the Albertina Museum of Graphic Arts in Vienna.
Checking time at Kilometer 7