Friday, 27 November 2015

When the Sky's grey
Vienna in Autumn

When the Sky's grey
Look at the world upside down!

Stoic Maria Theresia
Inspiring perseverance, always

Inner City
Beyond the "Heroes Gate", a view of the cupola
of the St. Michael's Wing of the Imperial Palace

Images and Text © by Merisi

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Happy Thanksgiving, America!
Abraham Lincoln's Manifesto of Gratitude

"The year
that is drawing towards its close,
has been filled with the blessings
of fruitful fields and healthful skies.
To these bounties,
which are so constantly enjoyed
that we are prone to forget
the source from which they come,
others have been added,
which are of so extraordinary a nature,

that they cannot fail
to penetrate and soften even the heart
which is habitually insensible
to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God.
It has seemed to me fit and proper
that they should be solemnly,
reverently and gratefully acknowledged
as with one heart and voice
by the whole American people.

I do therefore invite my fellow citizens
in every part of the United States,
and also those who are at sea
and those who are sojourning in foreign lands,
to set apart and observe
the last Thursday of November next,
as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise
to our beneficent Father
who dwelleth in the Heavens.

And I recommend to them that
while offering up the ascriptions
justly due to Him for such singular deliverances
and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence
for our national perverseness and disobedience,
commend to his tender care all those
who have become widows, orphans, mourners
or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife
in which we are unavoidably engaged,

and fervently implore
the interposition of the Almighty Hand
to heal the wounds of the nation
and to restore it as soon as may be consistent
with the Divine purpose
to the full enjoyment of peace,
harmony, tranquillity and Union."

Quoted from
"A Declaration of Thanksgiving"
Abraham Lincoln's Manifesto of Gratitude
October 3, 1863

Photographed in 2009 in the fields and meadows of
Lake Neusiedl-Seewinkel National Park
© by Merisi

Lake Neusiedl is located
less than an hour's drive south of Vienna

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Meet me at the Recycling Station
Viennese Moments in Time

Under a brilliant Midday Sun
Closing time at the Yppen Square Farmers Market
Vendors and patrons waiting their turn to drop off recyclables
Ottakring, 16th District
Image and Text © by Merisi

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Caffè Macchiato in Venice
Drinking Coffee elsewhere

Coffee, anyone?
Caffè macchiato al banco
Espresso at the counter with a bit of milk foam
Canareggio, Venice

Image and Text © by Merisi

Easing into Rush Hour
Viennese Moments in Time

Homeward Bound in Style
Fiaker at Ringstrasse and Maria-Theresien-Platz

Taking it the Viennese Way
Why rush anyway?

Angels directing Traffic
Only in Vienna!

Images and Text © by Merisi

Monday, 23 November 2015

Sunday, 22 November 2015

Golden Hour at Schönbrunn's Gloriette
Autumn in Vienna

Schönbrunn's Gloriette
Standing high on the hill behind Schönbrunn Palace,
the Gloriette with its large high-ceilinged center hall and arcaded wings

This graceful folly in all its splendid non-usefulness,
is in my opinion one of the most romantic places in all of Vienna

Photographed on 18 November 2015
Images and Text © by Merisi
"The Gloriette" at Wikipedia