“We got democracy.”

One thing Kongo noticed as he travelled about central Europe in areas that were once part of the Soviet bloc was graffiti. From Budapest to Prague and most everywhere in between graffiti was common and it wasn’t just in depressed areas or neighborhoods where you might suspect gang activity like you might see in the United States. In most of these places graffiti was common in the beautiful parts of the cities on historical buildings, on landmarks, in areas where you would least expect to see it. So, Kongo wondered, what’s up with all the graffiti? Advertisements

Macabre Monkey

Kongo visited the “Bone Church” in Sedlec, Czech Repubulic (near Kutna Hora), a town dating from the 13th century located about two hours outside of Prague (depending on traffic, road construction, and tour guides). In the 1200s an abbot returned from Jerusalem with a bag of dirt from the Holy Lands and sprinkled a handful on the graveyard at the small chapel of the Queen of All Saints outside the medieval silver mining town of Kutna Hora. This made the cemetery so popular that people from all over central Europe wanted to be buried there. This really was one of…

Perfect Prague

Kongo spent the day roaming about Prague, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. He visited the must-see Prague Castle area, wandered in and out of churches and palaces over 1,000 years old, took a lunch cruise along the Vltava River, strolled through the old Jewish quarter, browsed the square in Old Town, and stood in a crowd of several hundred people to watch the hourly show of mechanical machinations at the astronomical clock. In other words, all the monkey tourist things but this was his first visit to the city so perhaps Kongo can be forgiven for…

Karlovy Vary

On the way to Prague Kongo stops off at Karlovy Vary in the Bohemian region of the Czech Republic. Karlovy Vary, also known as Carlsbad. is famous for it’s opulent hotels, shops, pilsner beer, and spas. What a beautiful place. Nestled between scenic forested hills, Carlsbad is built about 13 major hot springs along with about 300 other more minor springs. The hotels and shopping are equal to Beverly Hills and Rodeo Drive. Mrs. Kongo was starting to hyper-ventilate until Kongo led her to lunch at the Grand Hotel Pupp and a walking tour of the “waters.”