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Free piano concert in Solingen in July

If you’re in Solingen, Germany on July 10, and you like classical music, you’re invited to come and see 16-year-old pianist Elöd Ambrusz perform!

Elöd is one of Hungary’s most talented young pianists and will be playing works by Chopin, Liszt, Mozart, Bach and Scarlatti – for FREE.

Elöd Klavierabend

I have known Elöd Ambrusz since he was little, and I can’t wait to hear him play now. I remember a time when my gran would take him to a nearby nursing home because it had the only freely accessible piano she knew of and he always had a willing and appreciative audience.

He has come a long way since then, attends one of the most prestigious music conservatories and secondary schools in Budapest, and even competed in a national, televised talent show for young classical musicians.

Many people in Solingen have helped Elöd find opportunities to play the piano whenever he’s here on family holiday, so this performance is his way of saying thank you.

All lovers of classical music are invited. Entry is free, although donations are welcome.

 

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Latte Macchiato at Café Orlando

Café Orlando in Solingen is my dad’s favourite café and I’ve been going there for years for a coffee fix.

There aren’t many tables (3 in the main bar plus a few bar stools) and once the mainly Italian patrons start gambling it can get pretty loud, but the coffee is good and the people friendly and that’s what matters!

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Chai Presso at Bistro Alex

Especially in autumn and winter I love the rich taste of Chai, whether it’s tea or latte. And yes, I do know that in many Eurasian and Western languages, the word “chai” means tea, so Chai Tea is technically a tautology.

When you order a Chai Latte, chances are you will get a normal, steamed milk latte that has been mixed with spiced tea instead of espresso.

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Hazelnut Espresso Affogato at Eiscafé Rialto

Eiscafé Rialto in Solingen, Germany, has been my favourite ice cream parlour for more than a decade.
Recently, owner Vita offered me a new drink from the menu: affogato al caffè, also known as Espresso Affogato. It means: “drowned in coffee” and that’s exactly what it is.

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