|The airport in Helsinki We changed planes here.|
Cesky Krumlov The World Heritage Site
|The view from the Cesky Krumlov Castle|
|many marionettes were sold at the shops|
|The central square of Cesky Krumlov|
|Cesky krumlov Castle|
Prague is said that it has 100 towers. Almost roofs are dark orange that look lovely. Among orange roofs many towers,spires,steeples grow to sky and The Prague Castle soars over them. It's gorgeous view. Buildings built in a Gothic style,Baroque style, Art nouveau etc brought down and the medieval remnant is seen here and there.
|The Prague Castle|
|The City of Prague and the Karluv Bridge|
|The clock tower --- The two doors open and some kind of figures appear at the fixed time.|
|Cathedral Vita It's inside the wall of the Prague castle.|
|The St.Vaclav Crown This was used at the coronation ceremony of Rudolf the Second of the Holy Roman Empire or Maria Theresia etc. It's decorated by big sapphires or rubies or pearls etc.|
I met works by Mucha for the first time. I was interested in the mood his works have, especially "Princess Hyacinth"
I'm easy to get drunk even light beers but I didn't get drunk here. So I enjoyed them much.
Many shops of bohemian glasses or garnet jewels were observable.
Illumination in the night was a bit dark, I think. It's for energy saving like Japan?
We got on a shuttle bus bound for the central station from the airport. There were no customer without us. So I asked to the driver to take us our hotel because the bus was supposed to pass near our hotel and go to the central station. The driver rejected at first but the place he stopped was in front of our hotel.
He was a kind person. But I didn't have proper money for tip, so I handed him all coins I had. But maybe it's small amount. As in Japan we don't have custom of tip, I get confused about the amount of money.
|Prague at night|
When I visited Vienna last summer, it was not opera season. But this time we could enjoyed an opera "La Traviata" at Wiener Staatsoper(Vienna State Opera House), Mozart piano concerto, Mahler at Musikverein( the concert hall) and an opera "La Tosca" at Magyar Allami Operhay( Budapest state opera theater).
Vivid voice of Natalie Dessay( this is her voice but her voice on that day was better than this) in La Traviata was marvelous coloratura soprano I heard for the first time. It's superb. It's so wonderful that even I could understand its goodness.
We stayed Hotel Sacher for two nights. It's famous hotel for the movie " The third man" I heard and cosy gorgeous ,in addition it is built opposite the Wiener Staatsoper( Vienna State Opera House). So it's convenient to visit each other after or before an opera.
Speaking to Sacher, it's famous for Sacher Torte ( chocolate torte),too. There was a struggle for original of chocolate torte between Sacher and Demel. And the judgment was Sacher's winning. So we visited some cafes to taste tortes including Demel or Sacher. They all were delicious and delicious.
|Vienna from top of the St.Stephansdom|
|Musikverein( the concert hall of home of the Wiener Philharmonic Orchestra) The New Year concert by the Wiener Phil is held here.|
|Inside of the hall. A lot of beautiful flowers are decorated at the New Year Concert.|
|A cafe inside the art museum The torte here was delicious,too.|
|The dome celling of the art museum there is a cafe on this celling|
I appreciated Klimt's works in Belvedere Palace or other places closely. Many small flowers in the paintings casually fascinated me though much gold were used in his paintings.
Budapest is called " a pearl of Danube"
In Budapest, the grand Danube and illuminations of the Royal Palace or the Diet Building standing both side of Danube river and the Chain Bridge between both banks are highlight. So we booked a hotel room of Danube view.
|Matyas temple in the morning|
|Budapest and the Danube|
|The central market|
|The royal Palace lit up|
|The chain bridge over the tram station|
|The chain bridge from a night cruise|
There were abundant farm products in the Central Market. Cans of foie gras were sold with reasonable price,too. Hungary gets publicity foie gras next to France. We were glad that the exchange rate is 10 Ft(hungary forint)=4 yen
So a cuisine of real foie gras, not pate is about 2000 yen or Herend-made chinas were about half price of Japans'.
|The foie gras sandwiched by baked apples. The garnish is also potato.|
|The Diet Building|
Many trams run in these three cities and as we got free pass ticket, it was very convenient . Why don't we Nara city take this system?
I was surprised to the coldness of three countries. It has already fallen till 5 degrees Celsius( it's between 15 and 24 degrees in Japan). I couldn't do anything without my down coat.
After travel, my computer broke but only just I could post this. Thank you for reading.