Strasbourg has also a ‘Weihnachtsmarkt’ (or better serveral as there are different locations) which is well worth a visit – not so posh, blingy and big as in Paris, but more genuine and comfortable to be: local products are sold, you can have the classical mulled wine (vin chaud) and food at affordable prices. And the lights in the Petite France and all over are really something …
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 …