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.
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…..