And here the final ones …
In August I went to Praha and I enjoyed it immenesly:
the weather was fine and even if it was hot, there was always some light air moving around. Also the masses of tourist are easy to avoid. 30 000 people come to prague in the high season, but you don’t have to follow the classical circuit of touristical todos:
First, get up late (only possible in some Hotels or an appartment). Then go to the famous Charles bridge, before noon most tourists are at Hradčany/Hradshin (Prague Castle ). To get to the Prague castle you best start around one p.m. – everybody else is having lunch …
You get the gist – but Prague has more to offer than this:
- the cloister of Strachov
Petřín hill with the wunderful rose garden and a lookout tower (you can get there via the funicular with the public transport ticket)
- Industrial Palace and the National Gallery at Veletržní palác in Holešovice and the other places holding marvellous objects of art …
Just take some time of the official time table and look around!
As announced here are some impressions from my summer –
and on highlight was definitely the “Turandot” at the Festspiele in Bregenz. As I had seen in July the Munich interpretation I was curious for this version:
as Puccini didn’t finish his composition before he died there are several finishes and ways to end this opera. I think I like most the abrupt ending after the aria of Liu and a symbolic reconciliation of Turandot and Kalaf instead of the prolonged end by Alfano. A question of personal preferences …
Here are some pics from the visually overwhelming play at the Seebühne:
Among the German customs is the “Betriebsausflug” something special:
due to the laws and its interpretation a company can grant its people (as an incentive) an excursion, organized by the committee of colleagues. My companies excursion happened yesterday and I went with a lot of colleagues to Regensburg. An impressive list of possible To Dos was proposed like seeing the sights, taking a boat on the Danube, cycling and more.
I choose apart from eating with and talking to my colleagues to visit the Thurn & Taxis residence, the ancient monastery St. Emmeran and then to talk a walk through the city …
And so I have tickets for some new and some older presentations of operas at the Opernfestspiele:
- Turandot by Puccini and Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The seraglio) by Mozart
- La Juive by Halévy and Der feurige Engel by Prokofjew and South Pole by Srnka
All are interesting operas in their own right (for historical and/or musical reasons), but the music performance was in the case of South Pole, La Juive and Der feurige Engel exceptional.
Here are some impressions ….
Twice a year an alternative festival is staged in Munich – in the summer at the Olympiagelände, next to the stadium: Tollwood!
It is not to be missed if you are visiting Munich now, because there you get only organic food from around the world, stuff like clothes etc. and free concerts from bands of all kind. And also street performances from all over Europe (look out for the couch).
As the origin of the festival is the care for our environment, it has always a motto – this year it is about the oceans and water and the waste to be found there …