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 state 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.
After flying all night from San Diego via Salt Lake City, Kongo makes it to the City of Light for the first time. He and Mrs. Kongo have a suite at the Park Hyatt Vendome just a block from the Opera building and pretty much near the center of everything. First days after long overseas flights are always a bit blurry afterward but Kongo did quite a lot today. After sharing a bottle of wine waiting for the room to open up, Kongo hiked fifteen minutes into Montmartre to the Hard Rock Cafe to get his Paris pass. For those that know Paris, they will understand all the cool sidewalk cafes, bistros, and brasseries, and they all also served more great wine and besides it was happy hour at that point so what the heck. Continue reading
One of Kongo’s favorite spots and a great place to take pictures of flowers is the Botanical Building in San Diego’s Balboa Park. On a sunny Saturday before Mother’s Day the monkey spent some time browsing and fighting off other photographers for the best views of the orchids and other flowers in bloom. Continue on for the rest of the photos.
So the monkey learned something today. A “jack” is that little white ball which is rolled out onto a lawn “rink” to kick off a fast-paced (relatively) game of lawn bowling. Another interesting fact about lawn bowling is that they don’t use bowling balls at all. They use “bowls.” The bowls are not spherical since one side is slightly flattened and also weighted, which causes the bowl to curve as it slows down. Who knew? This game is way more challenging than say curling. We won’t even mention bocce because, as the sign says, it isn’t allowed. Keep reading to learn more about the fascinating sport of lawn bowling. Continue reading
Fish patterns on a metal banner hanging by the River Danube in Regensberg, Germany.
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