© 2011 Kim This monkey and Zach were monkey'ing around. The monkey was sitting on a visitor log. Zach decided to sit down beside him and mimic his pose.

Monkey SEE!! Monkey DO!!

In honor of Zach’s upcoming 15th birthday on August 23rd, we decided to celebrate just a little early as the kids will have resumed school making having a full day of fun during the week a little more challenging. So Zach pulled out the map and planned his day. We headed north to Konstanz (Constance), Germany and the surrounding area. Our day was full of car ferry rides across Bodensee (Lake Constance), feeding Barbary Macaques (monkey’s) in Salem, Germany, touring Cathedral of Konstanz and dinner in the altstadt (old town) of Konstanz, Germany.

At Affenberg (Monkey Mountain) in Salem, Germany, you enter the home of 200 endangered Barbary Macaques from the mountains of Northern Africa that are literally free to roam 60 acres of forest. You can see them in trees sunning or sleeping, walking along the path and sitting on railings waiting for visitors to feed them popcorn supplied by the facility. To properly feed them, you extend one hand and place the other hand behind your back keeping about an arms length. They will take the popcorn right from your hand and are not shy about taking more than one kernel at a time. They will either eat it or toss it on the ground. We were feeding one monkey and a lady tried to offer the same monkey popcorn. The monkey refused hers and only would take from Zach. I dropped a piece of popcorn, picked it up and handed to a monkey. He tossed it on the ground. They are so adorable and gentle that you are tempted to pet and hug them, but one must remember that they are wild animals.

Comments

  1. Janalee
    Posted August 22, 2011 at 6:53 am | #

    I like everything about this post! 🙂 Happy early birthday, Zach – though it’s not too early anymore! You share a birthday with my favorite man of all time (next to James) that is – my little brother! 🙂 He would also very much approve of this day of adventure!

    Enjoy the start of a new school year! We’ll be thinking of you often!

    • Posted August 26, 2011 at 5:31 pm | #

      Thanks. It was an awesome Trip! I look forward to seeing everyone in MN, around Christmas time!

  2. Wendy Brown
    Posted September 4, 2011 at 5:46 pm | #

    It looks like you had another amazing trip. I especially enjoyed seeing the photos of the cathedral. Thanks for sharing!

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