Year: 2018

Moscow

We spent two weeks in St Petersburg in the summer of 2017. This is the Square looking from the Winter Palace in St Petersburg. If you go there, the art collections are in the building just to the left of the archway, not in the Winter Palace itself. You can read about it and more by clicking the link above. We talked about also going to Moscow, but in the end we decided not to. I like to get a sense of where I am going, which I why I research this stuff before setting off. I like to wander once I get there, but there are a few things I like to know – like whether the trains for city X leave from station A or station B. It’s easier to do that kind of thing from the comfort of home. And I often draw a map of a city – or write on a tourist map – and mark where the things are that interest me (Tamara and me) so that we don’t …

Mozart Kugel

From WikiPedia A Mozartkugel is a round sugar confection made of pistachio marzipan and nougat covered with dark chocolate. It was originally known as Mozart-Bonbon, created in 1890 by Salzburg confectioner Paul Fürst (1856–1941) and named after Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. A kugel is a ball, a globe, a sphere, or a bullet, depending on the context. This confectionary shop is one of many in Salzburg in Austria that specialise in Mozart-themed chocolates. It’s a big industry, feeding chocolate to tourists from all over the world. We saw a man, maybe Chinese, buying several very big (very big – as in huge) boxes of chocolates. We did a double take – those chocolates were not cheap, and that was a lot of chocolate. He seemed to know what he was doing. He didn’t seemed carried away with his experience like it is easy to do in the heat of the moment in a chocolate shop on holiday. He looked like he had a purpose. What was he going to do with all that chocolate? We didn’t …