Montserrat and the Black Madonna

On his last day in Spain, Kongo visited the mountain of Montserrat and the Abbey of Santa Maria, the monastery that is home to the Catalan “Black Madonna.”  This is a spectacular site located about 30 miles from downtown Barcelona.  Private guide, Carmen, and driver Fernando provided the monkey and his bride a wonderful afternoon.

Casa Milà

Earlier this week Kongo visited Casa Milà, popularly known as La Pedrera (the quarry) in Barcelona.  This home was designed by the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi and built in 1910.  Kongo–under the guiding instruction of Mrs. Kongo–has become a bit of an architecture groupie and visiting the modernistic creation on the Passeig de Gràcia was a highlight of their stay in Spain.

Viking Ocean Cruise Review — Viking Star

Kongo recently completed a 13-day ocean cruise aboard the Viking Star, the newest addition to the Viking fleet.  The Viking Star represents the company’s first foray into the world of ocean cruising and the monkey was able to take one of the inaugural cruises known as the Mediterranean Odyssey.  This is a review of the cruise.  If you’re a fan of the traditional Viking river cruises and are considering a new experience on their ocean cruise segment, please read on.

Sagrada Familia

Yesterday Kongo toured the Sagrada Familia under construction in Barcelona, Spain.  This over the top, eye-watering, jaw dropping, awe inspiring site was a highlight of the monkey’s most recent European adventure.  There simply are not enough adjectives to describe this basilica and no picture can ever capture the beauty and grandeur rising from the streets of Barcelona.