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Venice and gondolas go together like pasta and meatballs, pepperoni and pizza, monkeys and bananas. You get the idea. You can’t really have one without the other and these fascinating boats are irresistible. It is estimated that in the 19th century there were more than 10,000 of these flat bottomed boats plying the canals of Venice. Today there are about 500 and most of these are used to haul tourists like Kongo around.
Just a month ago Kongo visited Tuscany and the two famous cities of Florence and Pisa. Florence is one of those cities that just knocks your socks off. Everywhere you are reminded of history, architecture, and the birth of the Renaissance. There’s also the food and the wine. Pisa has, well, that leaning tower.
And then there was Rome. Of all the places Kongo visited during his European trip last month, Rome was the city most anticipated. Kongo always felt that if you haven’t been to Rome then you really haven’t been to Europe. Not that other great cities on the continent he’d visited weren’t grand. London, Paris, Prague, Vienna, Venice, Florence, Budapest. Even Moscow. But Rome? Well, Rome is Rome.
Kongo normally doesn’t hang out in brothels but on a visit to the ancient Roman city of Pompeii a few weeks ago he stood in a long line to see first hand how the ancient Romans did it. Turns out that they actually did it pretty much like Romans do it today and variety is always a good thing, if you know what I mean.
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…