I just came back from the Austrian Honorary Consulate in Atlanta where Mr. and Mrs. Seefried gave a reception on the occasion of the Austrian National Holiday. It was very nice to meet other Austrians there. I think from now on I will celebrate this holiday!
Last week I’ve been to two concerts in the Emerson Concert Hall at Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. The concert on Tuesday, “Magnificat”, was about organ and choral music from the sixteenth century. On Friday, the Emory University Symphony Orchestra gave a concert under the conductor Richard Prior.
Tuesday, October 21st, 2008, 8pm; pictures
- There Shall a Star from Jacob Come Forth (Felix Mendelssohn)
- Vom Himmel hoch, da komm’ ich her (Georg Böhm)
- Vom Himmel hoch, da komm’ ich her (Johann Pachelbel)
- Vom Himmel hoch, da komm’ ich her (Michael Praetorius)
- Organ Sonata op. 65, no. 3 (Felix Mendelssohn)
- Wir glauben all’ an einen Gott BWV 680 (Johann Sebastian Bach)
- Magnificat in D major BWV 243 (Johann Sebastian Bach)
Concert of the Emory University Symphony Orchestra
Friday, October 24th, 2008, 8pm, pictures
- Overture to The Barber of Seville (Gioachino Rossini)
- Fantasy for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra, op. 80 (Ludwig van Beethoven)
- Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, “Pathetique” (Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky)
Yesterday we did a little Oktoberfest celebration. Kind of late, as it is originally at the end of September 😉 but it was very nice!
Last Saturday I had the pleasure to watch in ice hockey game. The Atlanta Trashers played against the Buffalo Sabres. I was cheering for Buffalo since the Austrian Thomas Vanek was playing for them 😉 but unfortunately the Trashers won!
On Tuesday evening, my last evening in Montréal, Maria and I had dinner with Clément, who is a former JKU Exchange Student. It was exciting to see him again and catch up!
My last day in Montréal was a lot of walking around. I started at Rue St-Denis, walked along Avenue Du Mont-Royal up to the observation platform in park Mont-Royal. After enjoying the skyline, I coninued walking to Université de Montréal where Maria and I had a short lunch break.
From there, I took the metro back downtown where I tried to see a few more sight, the Notre Dame Basilica in particular. Unfortunately, it was already closed. Finally I ended up at Juliette Et Chocolate and enjoyed a great brownie with a hot chocolate, grandmother style.
We spent a kind of lazy day today! After the long ride back to Montréal, we were sleeping almost until noon. So, we went for brunch to L’Avenue, a very nice restaurant.
Right after brunch we took an afternoon nap 🙂 . And then coffee and cake at Premiere Moisson at Av du Mont-Royal corner Rue Saint-André, exactly the right place to linger around all afternoon long! We stayed there for almost three hours.
Today, on Sunday, we were explored Toronto. We were walking all the time – no public transportation. We startet at Queen St W after breakfast at Second Cup. At the Campbell House we turned into University Ave. We walked along University Ave till the Ontario Legislature. After Passing the park behing Ontario Legislature we took a break at Victoria University. Now, we strolled down Yonge St to the Toronto Eaton Centre – with a short break at Starbucks. We did some shopping at the Eaton Centre.
After having lunch there we headed directly to the CN Tower. The CN Tower took us about 2.5 hours. The elevators are fast but you have to queue a lot. Especially the elevator to the Sky Pod is a bottleneck. But it was worth it! We had an amazing view from the observation decks!
Back on the ground floor we just went back to our hostel where we parked our car for the day. Then we returned home to Montréal. We left Toronto around 7.30pm and arrived in Montréal at about 3am.