Monday, 30 June 2008

Euro 2008 Finals

Finally, the Spanish
have made it!

Vienna, 29 June 2008

Sunday, 29 June 2008

Veau Marengo - a dish with a Napoleonic history

Today my husband cooked Veau Marengo, which is a kind of mulligan or stew.

It was first cooked at the time of the Battle of Marengo, where Napoleon Bonaparte fought a victory against the Austrians in Italy on 14 June 1800.

After the battle, no food was available and Napoleon's cook had to take what was left in his field kitchen.
Therefore, the ingredients are very common:
Veal, onions, garlic, tomatoes, green olives, mushrooms, salt, pepper, thyme, bay leaves, parsley, olive oil. We had it with basmati rice!

After meal, I listened to some music I had not heard for many years:

(click to listen)

What a song for a lazy Sunday afternoon!

Saturday, 28 June 2008

VIENNA Stadtpark - Walking my dog on Saturday morning

As usual, I walk my dog on Saturday morning in Stadtpark. The weather is splendid, nobody around,
everybody sleeping long after yesterday's soccer semi finals...

Kursalon Hübner,
with traditional afternoon concerts playing the music of Johann Strauss and Mozart
(what else?)

At this early time of the day,
still without tourists taking pictures:
the monument of Johann Strauss
the King of Waltz

If you have visited Vienna some years ago, you will remember that nobody is allowed to step into the lawn.

After all, times have changed, today everything is allowed -
except playing soccer!

Can you see the sign?

Needless to say, the first garden of the city of Vienna, must have water, a pond.

And the water foul love it...

Not enough water?
A Belgian city has donated this lovely well!

And now the picture for all those who love BIRDS:
You see, birds are welcome in Vienna, too,
although they are not yet watched so excessively,
and are not yet so dangerous...

Look at the perfectly green and cool trees and grass and shadows...

and the perfect curve of the benches swinging through the park


Thursday, 26 June 2008

Euro 2008 Semi-Finals Spanien : Russland 3:0

Das Spiel der Emotionen - some impressions from the semi-finals in Vienna:

1 : 0 for Spain

3:0 for Spain

The Finals: Spain against Germany on Sunday in Vienna!

All pictures taken from television by digital camera. ;o)

Wednesday, 25 June 2008

Flowers from my husband...

On Tuesday we celebrated our 4th wedding anniversary.
And I got these wonderful flowers from my husband.
He knows exactly the flowers and the colours I like best!

Monday, 23 June 2008

Summer in the City

All I want to say is:
Here are some pictures of Vienna, Austria, my home town, taken last Sunday:

Having a meal in Stadtpark ("Biergartl") under the trees,
walking to the very centre of the city, Stephansplatz,

taking U1 to the "Donauinsel", where you have a beach of almost 20 km, 16 miles,
swimming there,
and then taking some pics of "Alte Donau" with Vienna's very impressive skyline,
returning home - that's it!

Vienna's "beach"

Doggy does not want to go home yet...