Santa Ysabel Asistencia


The tiny mission at Santa Ysabel (pronounced Isabel) was once an auxiliary mission (or Asistencia) to the first of the California missions, Mission San Diego de Alcalá.  It was founded in 1818 and served the California Indian tribes of the Luiseño and Diegueño peoples.  It is still active today. Continue reading “Santa Ysabel Asistencia”

The Monkey of Notre Dame


Spectacular Gothic architecture.  Gargoyles.  Stained glass to die for.  The Notre Dame cathedral in Paris lives up to everything you’ve ever read about it.  Dating back to the 1100s, this is a really, really old church.  It’s been restored at various times over the centuries and today it remains it good shape.  At least as far as the monkey could tell.  Kongo didn’t climb the belfry but might be tempted to do it at some later date when he had more time.   Continue reading “The Monkey of Notre Dame”

Mission Monkey


Today Kongo visits the first of the Franciscan California missions, the Mission San Diego de Alcalá in Mission Valley, San Diego.  The mission is still an active church with regular masses scheduled on weekends.  Kongo waited almost an hour before entering the sanctuary to take pictures because a hearty couple was celebrating 50 years together with a full mass.  It wasn’t a loss though.  Kongo was free to roam the rest of the grounds and had a nice chat with a man named Rick from Prescott, Arizona visiting San Diego with his family. Continue reading “Mission Monkey”