Kongo rode the train out to Versailles today. Another drizzly, cool, wet day but once you get inside the palace (an hour wait in line) it was awesome, despite the crush of crowds. Kongo can now say he has been to Versailles but it would be difficult to characterize his visit as having “seen” Versailles. The crowds were just too thick. The one good thing about the chateau, however, is that some of the most fantastic artwork is on the ceilings and even with huge crowds you could always just look up and be fascinated. Of course you need to be careful about walking and looking up as Kongo ran over a few hapless monkeys in front of him and one poor bloke with a broken leg in a wheelchair (a bad day to visit for him I think) who’s painful encounter with Kongo will long be remembered. Continue reading →
The Cabaret Monkey joined a thousand or so of his best friends last night to take in the high kicking, dazzling, amazing, funny, and altogether over-the-top venue at the famous Moulin Rouge (Red Mill) in the heart of the Paris red light district. Continue reading →
Since Kongo arrived in Paris on Thursday he was followed by a troop of young girls (virgins he supposed) with long canine teeth and braces. They were always waiting for him at the hotel entrance, crowding about and pushing. Kongo was embarrassed about all the extra security the hotel had to put on to keep all the little vampires in knee-high boots from crashing inside. They hung around outside the entrance to the hotel just below Kongo’s suite around the clock. Sometimes they got fired up and would chant something akin to an American cheerleading song. Kongo doesn’t speak French but he could well imagine what they were saying: “Hey, Hey, who’s our guy? We want the monkey, don’t be shy!” or words to that effect. Turns out, Kongo had completely misread the situation.
A great escape in Paris after a long day roaming about the streets and sights is Harry’s New York Bar. Just a short two blocks from Kongo’s hotel at 5 Rue Daunou, Harry’s Bar was beyond the bucket list. It was more like a “gotta do spot” on the pilgrimage list. Continue reading →
So being the observant monkey that he is, Kongo noticed pretty quickly that there is a fashion thing going on with men in Paris that the little simian hasn’t noticed in the States. MEN WEAR SCARVES HERE! Lots of men and lots of different types of scarves. Kongo was ready for the man-bag but the scarves were a surprise. Scarves give a man a different twist on personality than say a Hollister or Harley Davidson shirt. It’s kind of cool. Keep reading for a look at some of Kongo’s favorite Paris scarves. This monkey is not going to get a speeding ticket from the Paris Fashion Police! Continue reading →
After sleeping in and finally getting time zones synchronized, Kongo walked over to the Louvre this morning. You can’t really describe the Louvre. Hundreds of volumes have been written about it and how you have to plan your days and stake out what you want to see and be clever about navigating your way through the various wings and levels. Kongo is now convinced none of that really matters because you’re going to be so overwhelmed that you just stand around gaping at everything you see. It’s too much! Quickly realizing he wasn’t going to see everything he wanted to see and with Mrs. Kongo chirping about where the shopping might be and were there any malls nearby, Kongo struck out for a few of the must see spots. Keep reading to see what he found.