29 June, 2011
Beethoven in Vienne
This conductor seemed to enjoy the orchestra and especially the full choir (120 voices) that came in at the last movement. Besides the music it was the setting that made it for us. It was set in the Roman amphitheatre on the side of Mount Pipet above Vienne overlooking the Rhone. In its day it seat more than 13,000 spectators but for this concert there were significantly less.
Malua was tied to a floating mooring on the opposite side of the river to the town with its three main churches but I must say the town did not have a good feel.
From the venue we rode back down the hill to stop off at a Spanish café which was playing Spanish flamenco music. Is this a further indication that we should have visited Spain? Well to counteract this I received an email from Wolfgang the mast transporter who I had given strict instructions not to move the mast to le Havre until it was clear we would make it, that the mast have arrived at its destination of le Havre and I was to pay the money. When I contacted him he realised his mistake and offer support for us getting through the canals but promised he would return it to Port Napoleon if we did not make it. Is that 2 to 1 in favour of not making it?
Tomorrow we are off to Givors for the Sunday market and a quiet afternoon on the Rhone.
I can update you now the market both at Vienne on Saturday and and Givors on Sunday were both great with a good strong Arab influence but the quiet Sunday afternoon was spoilt by ONE jetski and five louts zooming up and down the very piece of waterway we had chosen to moor. They left at sun set but the afternoon was spoilt. One only then realizes how much noise these jetskis made on top of the noise of the highway and the local roads. We will have to get out of town and into the country along the Soame but first there is Lyon the food and wine capital of France…