Mozart, Strauss and Wiener Schnitzel – Marilyn Oldman

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 the historic Palais Auersperg. This was followed with a couple of excellent pizzas at the local Italian which was mobbed, with everybody sitting outside on a balmy Vienna evening!

On the way home I commented to Alf:

I really, really, like Vienna! Perhaps we can come back some time?

Watch this space…..

What Hollande must tell Germany –

DALIAN/CHINA, 12SEPT09 - Martin Wolf, Associat...

DALIAN/CHINA, 12SEPT09 – Martin Wolf, Associate Editor and Chief Economics Commentator, The Financial Times. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is an outstanding article from Martin Wolf, Economic lead at the FT. Check it out!

What Hollande must tell Germany –

Regular readers of this blog will know that I am passionately anti-austerity. In my mind, President Hollande could quickly become a hero if he takes up the anti-austerity mantle. Do you agree?