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. Advertisements

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.

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.