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. Advertisements
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?
Kongo had a pleasant surprise when he left his cruise ship, Viking Star, and checked into his hotel in Barcelona for three days. He got a MAJOR UPGRADE!
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.
Yesterday Kongo toured the Sagrada Familia under construction in Barcelona, Spain. This over the top, eye-watering, jaw dropping, awe inspiring site was a highlight of the monkey’s most recent European adventure. There simply are not enough adjectives to describe this basilica and no picture can ever capture the beauty and grandeur rising from the streets of Barcelona.
The Spanish tall ship, El Galeón, docked in downtown Jacksonville today as part of the celebration of the 500th anniversary of the discovery of Florida by Spanish explorers. The exact replica of a 16th century sailing galleon navigated the St. John’s River and pulled up in front of the Hyatt Hotel.