A very welcome rest day!

Last night we had an included dinner at a Mozart Performance and Sara, our guide said we had to walk there. Everyone was exhausted after all the walking and complained so she booked cabs for us. Thank goodness!

It was an interesting evening. There are 21 of us on the tour and everyone is very pleasant – some from UK, some from USA and some other Aussies. A group of five string players played Mozart and a male and a female singer performed. It was a bit too high brow for me, but it was OK. The music was interspersed with dinner.

A taste of our entertainment

Dinner was supposed to be as it would have been in Mozart’s time. The soup was a small bowl of chicken broth with a dumpling which tasted like stuffing. The main course was a very small chicken leg, a drizzle of potato purée and a few pieces of carrot. Dessert was three peaks of beaten egg whites. David’s comment was “No wonder Mozart died so young if that’s what he ate”. Some people loved the opera and really enjoyed it. The place, an old Abbey, was packed and they have won a few tourism awards.

I woke this morning feeling a little dizzy. Think I was just exhausted so we slept in. Luckily it’s a free day. We went for a very gentle wander near the hotel and dropped our laundry into a place called Norge Exquisite .

Our hotel, Goldenes Theater is very close to a huge rock and a pleasant street of eateries and jewellery shops etc. Of course, David bought me a pretty pair of silver earrings and I also bought a new raincoat even though today has been a beautiful sunny day.

The street built up against the rock.

This afternoon we have rested. We are about to collect our laundry, visit a little eatery for dinner and return to the hotel for an early night. Tomorrow is another day.

An enjoyable afternoon at the movies with Red Joan

Last Thursday we went to the movies at Cineplex Victoria Point to see Judi Dench in Red Joan and we really enjoyed it. This is our favourite movie theatre with very comfortable seats and plenty of room to stretch your legs and it is so much cheaper than other theatre chains. Parking is easy too. So why would you go anywhere else?

The movie is based on a book of the same name by Jennie Rooney inspired by the life of Melita Norwood who was a secretary at the British Non-Ferrous Metals Research Association. In the movie, Joan is befriended by communists whilst studying physics at university. She becomes secretary to a physicist researching the atomic bomb and leaks documents to her friends.

The movie begins with the arrest of the elderly Joan who is played by Judi Dench. We thought it was a great role for her and we really enjoyed the movie.

What a show!

Our treat today was to see “The Book of Mormon” at the Prince of Wales Theatre. It was brilliant. Great voices, spectacular dancing, very naughty & so sacrilegious but such fun. We both loved it – definitely the highlight of our time in London. We laughed a lot!

The theatre was a beautiful old building which added to the experience.


Shakespeare, Pissarro & Monet!

A great day today!  We absolutely loved our tour of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. We reckon our guide was a retired actor & he made the history interesting & fun. One of the tit-bits which fascinated us was the number of our sayings which began life in his plays as you can see in the chart attached.

Then it was off to The National Gallery where we headed for the Impressionists which are our favourites. Even though a couple of the relevant rooms were closed for refurbishment, we saw plenty of Monet & Pissarro. A couple of our favourites are here for you to share.

We had a good British lunch at the Sherlock Holmes Pub near the gallery: fish, chips, mushy peas & a pint!  It was a beautiful day & we sat out in the sun. What could be better?

No senior moments today thankfully!

Lion King Brisbane

On Wednesday night we went to the Lyric Theatre at QPAC to see The Lion King with one of my daughters & my friend. We all agreed that the animal puppets are absolutely incredible. They are brilliant. I especially loved the giraffes which seemed to move just as a real giraffe moves & the elephants. You have to really admire the clever people who designed these puppets.

The African singing & the dancing was also brilliant but where some of the narrative depended on the words of the songs, it was disappointing as all of us had difficulty hearing the words. The orchestra appeared to overpower the voices. We have noticed this problem at the Lyric before so are wondering if the problem is actually the acoustics of the building. I found the singing of both the young & the older Simba particularly difficult to understand.

I really enjoyed the way the sets involved using the dancers to create the scene. The grass was depicted by dancers moving gracefully across the stage whilst carrying what appeared to be boards with tall grass stems coming out of them on their heads. It was great.

The Lion King wasn’t my favourite musical of all time but I did really enjoy it & would recommend it if only to experience those wonderful animals coming down the aisles beside you! I’d rate it 7 out of 10.