Blog of the week & Mexico City

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I’m still completely absorbed by Sybille Bedford’s A Visit to Don Otavio, and these passages (dinner; setting up a hotel) show why. If it fuels your fever, you really must see Ben Pentreath’s blogs here and here. Normally I dial in to Ben’s pastoral idylls on Mon mornings, but these posts from his travels carry some heat.

Karl and Peter

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Their churches in Vienna…(obviously. The holiday snaps are nearly done.)

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Karlskirche is like an icing-sugar white version of St Peter’s outside, with a lake built before it to reflect it

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It’s a church of St Charles Borromeo, who can be seen on the frescoes of the dome, along with other saints and angels, a cabbage and a stream of gold coins.

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The light in this window reminded me of the Rad Cam in Oxford, as did St Peter’s dome, which appears down a side street,

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Inside was lots more carving and gold, along with some bizarre (symbolic?) flouorescdnt pink rocks and tennis balls on a stick.

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Much nicer than the rather dull cathedral though…

Garden peace

After a sunny afternoon walking (and possible getting a bit too hot), and hiding in a cafe with asparagus soup and Sachertorte to recover, a walk in Vienna brings you to this

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and this

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and this (flute and violin duo doing Michael Jackson hits just out of sight)

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and then this.

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Instant peace.

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Volksgarten and Burggarten, Vienna June 2017.

Vienna’s history

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This is the Judenplatz, where Rachel Whiteread’s memorial to Austria’s Jews now stands. In English and German, the text refers to the murders of 1938-45, and in the streets around little cobbled squares provide sun traps for local cafes, platzes for government buildings and a chance for children to play among the art.

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June 2017.

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