Friday, 19 May 2017

Good Morning from Vienna
A Summer's Day in May


Walking Past
Into a brilliant summer day

A something in a summer’s day,
As slow her flambeaux burn away,
Which solemnizes me.

A something in a summer’s noon,—
An azure depth, a wordless tune, 5
Transcending ecstasy.

Emily Dickinson

Image © by Merisi

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Once Upon a Time
A Prince in Vienna's Botanical Garden


Once upon a time


in a not so faraway city


there lived a prince


who loved to have lunch hidden away
beyond the brick wall of his palace gardens

Photographed with my phone camera
at lunch hour on 17 May 2017 in and from the Botanical Garden
Joaquingasse, 3rd District
Images and Text © by Merisi

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Albertina Square
Viennese Moments


Albertina Terrace
Equestrian statue of Archduke Albrecht
by Kaspar von Zumbusch in front of the Albertina Palace


Albertina Square
Photobombing in Vienna


Albertina Bastion
Danubius Fountain by Johann Meixner

Photographed May 2016
Images and Text © by Merisi
Link:
-> History of Albertina Palace and its Collections

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

A Viennese Rainy Day
There Slumbers a Song in All Things


A Glass of Rosé
Liquid sunshine on a rainy day


Lindenblüten
Luminous Tilia blossums


Ludwig van Beethoven
A song in his heart

Photographed 28 May 2014
on a rainy afternoon in Heiligenstadt,
in Vienna's 19th District
Images and Text © by Merisi

About Linden Trees
My childhood years were spent under two giant linden trees, said to be a hundred years old.
Before bedtime, my mother would often sing the "The Linden Tree" lied,
from Schubert's "Winterreise", to lyrics by poet Wilhelm Müller:
By the fountain, near the gate,
There stands a linden tree;
I have dreamt in its shadows
So many sweet dreams
.
I remember falling asleep on late May evenings in a room filled with the fragrance
of tilia flowers, and awakening to the sound of millions of honey bees buzzing in the trees.



Link -> "The Linden Tree" sung by Hermann Prey
(I have fond memories of listening to Hermann Prey singing this song, during one of his performances of the "Winter Journey" in Rome)

Monday, 15 May 2017

Austrian Slow Food
Open Air Genussfestival at Vienna's Stadtpark










Photographed 14 May 2017
Images © by Merisi

Link:
-> Genussfestival Information at "Welcome to Vienna":
"... a place of epicurean delights: The "Genussfestival" will be a showcase for select culinary specialties from Austria.
Escargots and wine from Vienna, gray poppyseed oil from the Waldviertel, Carinthian honey, saffron from the Wachau, spicy cheese from Vorarlberg: At the Vienna Culinary Festival from 12 to 14 May 2017, Austria’s best food producers and small manufactories invite you to enjoy and taste specialties in one of the city’s most attractive parks. The 190 exhibitors in the park will be joined by numerous organic products in the “Origin Marquee” and tasting sessions offered directly by agricultural producers. A chef also serves up tasty treats in the marquee. The Culinary Festival is being held for the tenth time in 2017."

Sunday, 14 May 2017

High Noon at the Farmers Market
Saturday at Yppen Platz


Flowers and Vegetables
From a farm in Hungary


Tomato Plants
Grown in a Slovakian farmer's nursery


She who buys organic


More flowers
spilling over the wooden table


Photographed at Noon
Saturday, 14 May 2016


at the Yppen Square Farmers Market
16th District (Ottakring)

Images and Text © by Merisi

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Austrian Slow Food for Bons Vivants
Open Air Genussfestival at Vienna's Stadtpark


Kaiserschmarrn, anyone?


Johann Strauß Memorial
Everyone was out to play


and taste


and take it all in
from the terrace of the Kursalon Café


and see how to
wear Lederhosen in style


find a shady spot to share
a glass of Uhudler wine with friends


enjoy a leisurely afternoon
of reading on a blanket in the sun


or take a well-earned breather
by the pond


Photographed on Friday afternoon
8 May 2015 at the Food Festival at Stadtpark

The Genussfestival is there for you to enjoy
through tomorrow, Sunday, 14 May 2017
Images and Text © by Merisi
Link:
-> Genussfestival Information at "Welcome to Vienna":
"The "Genussfestival" will be a showcase for select culinary specialties from Austria.
Vienna escargot and wine from Vienna, gray poppyseed oil from the Waldviertel, Carinthian honey, saffron from the Wachau, spicy cheese from Vorarlberg: At the "Wiener Genussfestival" from 8 to 10 May 2015, the best Austrian food producers and cottage industries invite you to sample and savor their delights in one of the city's prettiest parks. In addition to around 180 exhibitors, leading Austrian chefs serve regional specialties in the gourmet tent."