Friday, 19 December 2014

Buying a Christmas Tree in Vienna
The Short of it. Somewhat

How to buy
a Christmas tree in Vienna

* Wait for the 15th of December
when the Christmas tree lots open
* Stop at "your" farmer's lot
on your way home from work -
rest assured, there is one between
your tram stop and your home
* A warm hello to the "Lord of the Trees"
and a gentle reminder that none
of the trees on the lot are to your liking
* Describe in glowing detail that
gorgeous tree you bought from him
last Christmas
* Allow your farmer an offer
to go visit his Christmas tree woods
right that same evening and
cut that one tree he knows will please you!
* Make arrangements for the tree
to be delivered and set up
in your living room the next evening
* Start decorating the tree -
I have not asked, but quite possibly
somewhere in Vienna an elf
is waiting to be hired to take
this chore too off your hands
Ah, Vienna,
packing your kids in the car
and driving to the Christmas tree lot
and then wrestling that monster onto
the roof of the car and driving home
and the whole mess of setting the tree up -
all but a distant memory!

Are you ready for coffee?
Tea or chocolate?
Off to the Kaffeehaus!
Ah, Vienna.

Wandering Star and Moannie

Originally published 21 Decembre 2010

-> Original 2010 post with comments
Images and Text © by Merisi

Moon in Blue
Vienna in Winter

Moon over Vienna
19 December 2014
6:50:50 AM

Strong wind, sleepyhead,
out of focus pictures.
Still, I could not help
pick up the camera, loved the mood

Images and Text © by Merisi

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Into the Starry, Starry Night
Vienna at Christmastime

"Starry, starry night.
Portraits hung in empty halls,

Frameless head on nameless walls,
With eyes that watch the world and can't forget.

Like the strangers that you've met,
The ragged men in the ragged clothes,

The silver thorn of bloody rose,
Lie crushed and broken on the virgin snow.

Now I think I know what you tried to say to me,
How you suffered for your sanity,
How you tried to set them free.
They would not listen,
they're not listening still.
Perhaps they never will... "

Lyrics by Don McLean

The Swarovsky Sho Window
at Kärntner Strasse at Christmastime.
My images are only a poor reflection
of this magical work of art:

A magical ice cave filled with Christmas miracles
and hidden treasures -
the traditional daily opening of the
Advent calender begins on December 1.
Concept and realization:
Gerda Buxbaum
(Quoted from
a note hanging
in the shop window

R e p o s t

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Prince Eugene's Upper Belvedere
Christmastime in Vienna

The Upper Belvedere Palace
South façade and reflecting pool
with a row of Christmas market stalls in front

Photographed on the foggy afternoon
of 16 December 2014
© by Merisi