Vienna to Bratislava – Marilyn Oldman

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Image of the Old Towne Hall (Stará radnica) in... Image of the Old Towne Hall (Stará radnica) in Bratislava, at the old town square. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

After a short drive of only one and half hours, we arrived in Bratislava, the capital city of Slovakia.  A small but very quaint old town,  where everything seems to happen around the old town square. Cafe after cafe, restaurant after restaurant, bar after bar. There are also some quite up market shops along with the usual souvenir shops. The old town square is steeped in history, going back some 700 years. Famous musicians and composers such as Franz Listz, Mozart, Beethoven and Hayden all played  here at some time in their careers.  The dominant feature is the castle in the hills, this  overlooks the old town square. So overall a very  pretty setting.

The temperature when we left Vienna was 28 degrees, and we noticed the difference in Bratislava where it was much hotter, especially in…

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Mozart, Strauss and Schnitzel?- Marilyn Oldman

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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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