Lots of cities have parks. Probably most cities. There are parks and then there is Park Güell in Barcelona. It is more wonderland than park and this is where the famed Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí’ let his imagination run wild with fantastical shapes and designs that utilized his use of nature and organic structures to build a unique garden.
A beautiful sunset, a romantic setting along Barcelona’s waterfront, a fantastic hotel suite waiting just a few blocks away, and Mrs. Kongo. What more could a salacious simian desire? Just a great meal in one of those quaint sidewalk cafes that line the quay. It was going to be great. Right?
On his last day in Spain, Kongo visited the mountain of Montserrat and the Abbey of Santa Maria, the monastery that is home to the Catalan “Black Madonna.” This is a spectacular site located about 30 miles from downtown Barcelona. Private guide, Carmen, and driver Fernando provided the monkey and his bride a wonderful afternoon.
Earlier this week Kongo visited Casa Milà, popularly known as La Pedrera (the quarry) in Barcelona. This home was designed by the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi and built in 1910. Kongo–under the guiding instruction of Mrs. Kongo–has become a bit of an architecture groupie and visiting the modernistic creation on the Passeig de Gràcia was a highlight of their stay in Spain.