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.
After leaving Venice, Kongo visited Split (pronounced SPLIT — as in banana split) on the Dalmatian cost in Croatia. This is a very old city that was founded by the Roman Emperor Diocletian when he built his palace here in 305 A.D.
After four magical days in Venice, the monkey’s ship came in and they sailed off into the Ionian Sea. On the last day, Kongo took a guided walking tour through a part of the city he hadn’t seen before.
On the monkey’s third day in Italy, he and Mrs. Kongo took a water taxi across the water to the little island of Murano to check out a glass factory and see the sights. In the image above, rods to hold the glass being worked are being heated in the oven. Murano is about half a mile north of Venice, accessible only by water. Hundreds of years ago city fathers moved all glass making activity to this little island in order to prevent fires in Venice and to ensure the proprietary glass-making process developed in Venice was kept away from the prying eyes of competitors.
With all deference to Shakespeare, this monkey is not the Merchant of Venice. The little simian is not a money lender and has no ships at sea carrying expensive cargos soon to kiss the bottom of the ocean. Instead, the monkey is set on keeping Mrs. Kongo from meeting any of the real merchants of Venice who peddle expensive shoes, hand bags, and fashionable clothes. The monkey’s plan to keep Mrs. Kongo away from the real merchants is to keep her walking along the canals and through the narrow streets and that’s exactly what he did yesterday on his second day in Italy.