Marilyn and Alf arrive in Vienna to thunder and lightening – what a welcome!

Originally posted on Taking the slow road to Cyprus:

Barrel organ player in Vienna, Austria.

Barrel organ player in Vienna, Austria. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We’ve arrived in Vienna, Austria and just got settled before the heavens opened – thunder and lighting followed – what a reception!

The four-hour road journey from Prague was fairly uneventful. Leaving Prague, we saw lots of Communist erahigh rises which were pretty ugly – just like this sort of building anywhere.

The toll paying motorway from Prague to Brno was pretty bad in places – I regretted not changing my tyre pressures from German autobahn settings.

As we crossed the border from the Czech Republic into Austria the traffic was very slow through a number of small villages, eventually leading to the motorway. I stopped at the first services to buy my sticker for using the Austrian motorway and the young man said “welcome to Austria” which was pretty nice.

Driving around Vienna for the first time was a…

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Mozart, Strauss and Schnitzel?- Marilyn Oldman

Originally posted on Taking the slow road to Cyprus:

Wiener Schnitzel

Wiener Schnitzel (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On Monday evening we heard the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra playing at home at the Musikverein , a truly wonderful concert including Salieri, Hayden and Schubert, conducted by Riccardo Muti, in probably the best and most beautiful concert hall in the World – The Vienna Musikverein. This was truly, a real night to remember.

Yesterday we visited the Schonbrunn Palace and gardens and had a wonderful day wandering around the private apartments and the manicured gardens in brilliant sunshine. It was interesting that the emperor, when he was at home with the family, preferred Austrian food, like a Wiener Schnitzel or Goulash soup, leaving French cuisine for state occasions.

Today we visited the Jewish Museum, Vienna, and found that very moving and heart rendering. We then visited the mighty St Stevens Cathedral, dating back to the late gothic period.

This evening we went to hear the Vienna Residence Orchestra, playing Mozart and Strauss at…

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