Tuesday, 30 June 2015

The Baroque Orangery of Schönbrunn
What lies beyond the Fence



Schönbrunn's Orangery
Standing on tiptoe, looking over the fence
at the roof of the orangery and the swelling clouds beyond,
lit by the late afternoon sun of a beautiful midsummer day

Photographed 22 June 2015 at 5:00:15 PM
Image and Text © by Merisi
Link:
"As far back as the time of the dowager empress Wilhelmine Amalie an orangery garden was established at Schönbrunn which included a hothouse for overwintering the tender citrus trees. In 1754 Franz I Stephan instigated the building of the Orangery by Nicola Pacassi, probably to designs by Nicolas Jadot. One hundred and eighty-nine metres long and ten metres wide, the Schönbrunn Orangery is one of the two largest Baroque orangeries in the world the other being at Versailles"
-> Quoted from the homepage of Schloss Schönbrunn: Orangery
50mm lens

Monday, 29 June 2015

Schönbrunn Palace Gardens
What lies beyond the Fence


Schönbrunn Gardens in Midsummer
Standing on tiptoe,
looking at the world beyond the fence

Photographed 22 June 2015
Image and Text © by Merisi

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Hofburg Imperial Palace
Sunday Morning at St. Michael's Gate


Early Morning Scene
Detail of the Power at Sea fountain,
and St. Michael's Gate with its verdigris dome


St. Michael's Square
Power at Land fountain
The fountains, flanking St. Michael's Gate,
were created in 1895 by Austrian sculptor Rudolf Ritter von Weyr


Michaelertor - St. Michael's Gate
St. Michael's Wing of the Imperial Palace
Michaelerplatz

Photographed Sunday Morning
of 7 June 2015 Images © by Merisi

Links:
-> "The St. Michael's Wing was also planned by Joseph Emanuel Fischer von Erlach, and it serves as the connection between the Winter Riding School and the Imperial Chancellery Wing. However, because the old Imperial Theatre (Burgtheater) stood in the way, these plans remained unrealized until Ferdinand Kirschner built the wing from 1889 to 1893, utilizing a slightly altered plan." (Hofburg - Imperial Palace at Wikipedia)
-> More images of Merisi's Michaelerplatz
50mm lens

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Up at Prince Eugene's
On an Overcast Midsummer Afternoon


Upper Belvedere Palace
South façade and reflecting pool


Linden Trees
Apartment buildings across the street


Looking Southeast
Servants Quarters

Photographed with my mobile phone
on the afternoon of June 2015
© by Merisi
Links:
-> Some of Merisi's photographic encounters with Prince Eugene's legacy as patron of the arts

Friday, 26 June 2015

Mariahilfer Strasse
Summer in the City


Mariahilfer Strasse
Vienna newest pedestrian zone


Vienna's busiest shopping street
is now a tree-lined open-air mall


that cleverly combines the pleasures
of leisurely strolling, window shopping


or sitting in a sidewalk café,
watching the world go by


All of this - and more -
without a car whizzing by

Photographed with my mobile phone
the afternoon of 26 June 2015
Images and Text © by Merisi
Link:
-> Sky Watch Friday

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Schönbrunn
Midsummer Stroll


Late Afternoon Promenade
In the gardens of Schönbrunn
on a midsummer day

Photographed 22 June 2015 at 5:05 PM
Images and Text © by Meris

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Up at Prince Eugene's
Belvedere on a Midsummer Morning


Upper Belvedere Palace
South façade and reflecting pool

Photographed the morning of 22 June 2015
© by Merisi
Links:
-> Some of Merisi's photographic encounters with Prince Eugene's legacy as patron of the arts
-> Prince Eugene of Savoy at Wikipedia:
"Prince Eugene of Savoy (French: François-Eugène de Savoie, Italian: Principe Eugenio di Savoia-Carignano, German: Prinz Eugen von Savoyen; 18 October 1663 – 21 April 1736), was a general and statesman of the Holy Roman Empire and the Austrian monarchy and one of the most successful military commanders in modern European history, rising to the highest offices of state at the Imperial court in Vienna. Born in Paris, Eugene grew up around the French court of King Louis XIV. (...)
Rejected by Louis XIV for service in the French army, Eugene moved to Austria and transferred his loyalty to the Habsburg Monarchy."
Prince Eugene's legacy as "Patron of the Arts" is also fascinating, the Wikipedia article a good introduction to both his life and what he left behind:
"Eugene's rewards for his victories, his share of booty, his revenues from his abbeys in Savoy, and a steady income from his Imperial offices and governorships, enabled him to contribute to the landscape of baroque architecture."

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Walking by Das Kleine Café
On a Midsummer Afternoon


Das Kleine Café
The Little Café
Franziskanerplatz

Photographed 22 June 2015
Image and Text © by Merisi

Links:
-> Franziskanerplatz and Das Kleine Café
Once more, because I really love this interview, Billy Joel's reflections about Vienna touched my heart. He nailed what I love about this city (and he also sings his beautiful "Vienna waits for you" song):
-> Billy Joel, Why Vienna?