Wine Country Monkey

So much wine.  So little time.  Kongo’s monkey troop headed up to the wine country north of Santa Barbara yesterday.  Snuggled in his son’s new family van, the Kongos went adventuring as the grand girls tend to say.  Kongo’s son, a UCSB alum, knew the area well.    (Of course he did!) Perhaps too well and his detailed knowledge of the area (including back road short cuts) made Kongo wonder what was really going on during those formative college years.  Oh well that train left the station a long time ago. In the area around Santa Ynez and Los Olivos…

Secret Passages of Paris

Monkeys love secrets and scattered about Paris in the 1st and 2nd Arrondissements are nearly two dozen hidden passageways that seem to escape the crush of tourists in the shops along Rue de Rivoli.  These passages were the shopping malls of the 18th and 19th century and at one time there were more than 150 of them in Paris.  The ones that remain today have been restored to their original glory and offer a glimpse into the past and the promise of hidden secrets and spirits of those Parisians who walked these wonderful places hundreds of years ago. Mrs. Kongo…