“You don’t get harmony when everybody sings the same note.” — Doug Floyd
“Music is truly the universal language, and when it is excellently expressed how deeply it moves our souls.” — David O. McKay
With more than 17,000 pipes, the world’s largest pipe organ is housed in Passau, Germany’s baroque 17th century St. Stephen’s Cathedral, where its magnificent sound is said to have inspired Liszt to write his “Hungarian Coronation Mass.”
“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” — Coco Chanel
The high altar and ceiling frescoes in Melk Abbey, Melk, Austria, combine to create a symphony of form and color, adding to the church’s reputation as one of the most significant structures of the Baroque era. Yet it is one of its simplistic shadowed gold statues that, arguably, is among the 900-year-old Benedictine Abbey’s most memorable displays.
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” — Leonardo da Vinci
“The search for wisdom is like a search for gold.” — Lajlah Gifty Akita
The Vienna Secession, a group of artists who resigned from the Association of Austrian Artists due to differences of opinion over artistic concepts, constructed what remains today as one of Vienna’s best known buildings. The stark white building with beautiful, gold natural imagery, topped with an ornate dome of gold foliage and berries, was designed to be a total work of art. Gold leaf letters spell the group’s maxim, which translates as “To every generation, its art, to every art its freedom.”
“If you want to experience joy, stop, slow down, and begin to pay attention to what you taste and smell when you’re making breakfast, when you’re in a restaurant, when you’re having wine, when you’re outside and it’s the beginning of spring and you can smell the earth getting soft under your feet.
Pay attention to these things happening all around you. You’ll be amazed at what you discover.” — Michelle Krell Kydd
Traditional Hungarian meals blend eastern mystique with the traditions of the west. A favorite ingredient is paprika (sweet or hot), found in most markets and shops. Hungarian goulash (Gulyás), as well as the lighter Goulash Soup, are culinary favorites.
“It takes a huge effort to free yourself from memory” — Paulo Coelho
“The living owe it to those who no longer can speak to tell their story for them.” — Czeslaw Milosz
Shoes on the Danube Promenade ― A haunting and moving memorial to the Jewish victims shot into the Danube in 1944-45 by fascist Arrow Cross Militiamen, 60 pairs of rusted men’s, women’s and children’s shoes sit at the edge of the water, as if their owners had just stepped out and left them there.