Archive for July 20th, 2000

July 20 2000

Thursday, July 20th, 2000


You know it’s summer when the pianists take their grand pianos outside and play in the streets…

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Well, I admit that this is the only pianist I know of who does this. His name is Reiner Weiss, and I’ve seen him several times here in Bonn in the last years. He plays classical pieces on the Münsterplatz and talks about them with whoever is there to listen to him. (Yeah, he sells CDs, too.) And the most famous son of Bonn, Beethoven is listening critically (see below).

I wonder what Weiss does while he is not touring cities with his grand piano. Surely he can’t play the piano outside in the wintertime.

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Here is a photo of the Münster and of a mosaic above one of the doors of the Münster.

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Yeah, Sheila, I know the Münster in Bonn is not as beautiful, as impressive or nearly as huge as the Dom in Cologne, but I’m afraid it’s all we have. BTW, I’ve never been inside the Münster, although I have been into the Dom several times. I also climbed one Dom tower at least four or five times; you have a great view from up there when the weather is good. Since there were no elevators 750 years ago, you have to climb more than 500 stairs. I guess the people who ring the bells stay in very good shape!

Apparently, Garret likes the cathedrals as well. The highschool he went to looks pretty old and dignified. I imagine schools in England to look like that.

If the weather stays sunny, I’ll go and take some photos of our two castles and maybe some other sights. The castles both belong to the University nowadays. (I had a picture of the smaller one a couple of days ago.)