On a rainy Paris day last month Kongo visited the Sacré-Cœur (sacred heart) Basilica high atop Montmartre, the highest point in Paris.  The building of this beautiful church, which can be seen from almost any point in the city, was inspired by the defeat of France in the Franco-Prussian War of 1870.  Church leaders contributed the loss to a century of moral decline after the French Revolution.  Construction began in 1875 and was completed in 1914, just in time for another war with Germany which the French won this time (thanks to a little help from friends across the Atlantic) so evidently the morality of France was properly restored.  Continue reading to learn more about this beautiful church. Continue reading “Sacré-Cœur”

Paris Reflections


After a full week in Paris, Kongo made it safely home.  After a long, long night’s sleep his little monkey head is clearing and he is no longer saying “bonjour” to everyone he meets but he already misses Paris.  He misses eating dinner at midnight, sleeping until 10, grabbing a flaky pastry and white coffee  at a little cafe across the street, bottle(s) of wine with dinner, eating a la carte, and riding the Metro.  While the weather could have been better (it rained every day) and the temperature warmer (but that gave the monkey an excuse to wear a scarf) Paris was absolutely wonderful and several misconceptions were busted during his short visit there.  Let me tell you about it. Continue reading “Paris Reflections”