A Walk in LA

Los Angeles isn’t really known as a walking city.  Sure, you CAN walk there but this is the land of Freeways and Uber so why would you?  Well, lots of reasons actually and that’s exactly what the Kongo’s did last evening.  Meeting some fellow Morocco survivor friends from Santa Monica, Kongo and his bride were in downtown LA to do a walking tour of City Hall. Since traffic in this city is always a question mark, Kongo planned for contingencies and left home well ahead of the scheduled meeting time. Without SigAlerts or some other disaster, it was going to…

On Location in Morocco

On location.  As in “on location” making a movie.  Just when you thought you’d pretty much figured out Morocco they take you to Atlas Studios in Ouarzazate and suddenly you’re in Game of Thrones, Jewel of the Nile, Gladiator, or even Lawrence of Arabia!  That’s right, Hollywood in Morocco. It turns out that dozens and dozens of some of Kongo’s favorite movies were made here.  Atlas Studios, purportedly the largest studio in the world (in land area), isn’t exactly a Universal Studios experience.  No rides.  And it’s pretty freaking hot stuck out there in the middle of the desert. If you’re…

Lights, Camera, Action!

Yesterday Kongo visited Paramount Ranch with a couple of cowgirls.  The ranch is a Hollywood movie set built in the 1920s in Agoura Hills, about fifteen minutes from Kongo’s house. Hundreds of movies and television shows have been filmed here.  Everything from the Cisco Kid to Westworld.  It’s an active movie set even today although there was no filming going on during Kongo’s visit.  It’s also a national park where anyone can visit and its easy to get to, only a few miles off of the 101 Freeway. Kongo’s granddaughters wanted to come along for the visit and they are not…

Dubrovnik Day Trip

George Bernard Shaw called Dubrovnik “heaven on earth.”  This angelic city on the Adriatic Sea certainly lives up to this billing.  Pretty much the entire historic medieval part of the city is a UNESCO World Heritage site and its easy to see why.  It is one of the most beautifully preserved medieval cites in the world.  And HBO thinks so too as it chose this location for many of its Game of Thrones scenes in the fictional Kings Landing.