“Come with me to ze Kasbah …” – Morocco Travel

Traveling along the “Road of a Thousand Kasbahs” in Morocco gives you an opportunity to see a LOT of Kasbahs.  Like there really are thousands of them.  After looking at so many you finally have to visit one so we spent an hour or so exploring the UNESCO preserved Glaoui palace at the Taourirt Kasbah in Ouarzazate. Kasbahs were basically citadels built along caravan routes to protect the flow of trade across the Sahara to the seacoast cities of Casablanca and Rabat. Made of adobe, these structures offer exotic architectural detail and a window into a history pretty much unknown to those…

Local Heritage & History

There’s more to Oxnard than you might think.  A lot more.   Most people the monkey knows actually don’t think too much about Oxnard.  It’s one of those places you drive through on the way to someplace else and if you do think of this coastal city, it’s unlikely that heritage and history come to mind.  Strawberries and bean fields surround the city.  Migrant farm workers earn their living bent over crops on the large agricultural enterprises on the fertile Oxnard Plain.  There’s an upscale marina district with homes and condos on the ocean but mostly Oxnard’s image is a…

Barcelona’s Park Güell

Lots of cities have parks.  Probably most cities.  There are parks and then there is Park Güell in Barcelona.  It is more wonderland than park and this is where the famed Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí’ let his imagination run wild with fantastical shapes and designs that utilized his use of nature and organic structures to build a unique garden.

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.

Lines and Curves

Kongo spent the morning in Balboa Park, one of his favorite spots, studying lines and curves. He’s come to appreciate how verticals add tension and horizontals soothe. Check out these images and see what you think.  The image above has strong vertical lines from the palm trees contrasted against the horizontal angles of the building.