Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Palace Art, Gardens, Food and an Amazing Guitarist

It had been on our ToDo list for ages—visit the outstanding art collection at the Liechtenstein Museum in Vienna.  Our overdue trek resulted in a most pleasant summer day enjoying gardens, art, food and music.

The back side of the Liechtenstein Museum, the summer palace named for the family that named itself after a castle south of Vienna in the early 1100s and, yes, the same family that gave its name to the tiny country on Austria's western border.

Statuary and ivy.

Sitting outdoors at the Rubens Restaurant on the palace grounds, we enjoyed a light lunch of tomato soup, cold cucumber and watercress soup, a salmon sandwich and lemonade...

...followed by a marvelous strawberry tiramisu.

I'm no authority on guitar music but I've been very lucky to have heard some pretty good guitarists over the years—including Carlos Montoya, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton,  Carlos Santana, Jesse 'Guitar' Taylor and Lloyd Maines.  I can now proudly add to that list the supremely masterful Armin Egger.  What a treat it was to hear and watch him play in the Liechtenstein Museum.  Eric, you should have your people call his people....And for the rest of us, if we ever have the opportunity to hear him play we should definitely be there.

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