Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Shakerato at Café Atelier
Once Upon a Time

Caffè Shakerato
Iced coffee, shaken, not stirred

How to make Caffè Shakerato:
Put freshly brewed espresso coffee
in a Martini shaker, add some ice-cubes,
and shake, shake, shake, until the coffee's ice-cold

I prefer it without sugar,
but it's not against the law to add some.
Whichever you prefer, it will be the best-tasting iced coffee ever

Café Atelier
Pop-Up Coffee Bar and Süssmund Roasters
at The Brickmakers Ale & Cider House
Monday through Friday 8 AM to 4 PM
Florentine & Benedict Sunday Brunch 10 AM to 3 PM
Zieglergasse 42 (off Mariahilfer Strasse)
7th District (Neubau)

Update 29 June 2016: Café Atelier appears to be permanently closed.
Images and Text © by Merisi

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

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
"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

Sunday, 26 June 2016

Saturday, 25 June 2016

Scenes from a Farmers Market
Saturday Morning Greens in the City

Blues and Greens
Fern and blue flowers

The hand that grows it all,
radishes, red spring onions, lettuce, herbs

Arriving at the market
with the bicycle

Photographed at the Yppen Square Farmers Market
16th District (Ottakring)
Images and Text © by Merisi

Friday, 24 June 2016

Morning by the Fountain
Viennese Moments

Some mornings
leave you feeling like Atlas
carrying the weight
of the world,
when that simple
"splash of water on the face" *
turns out to be a torrent instead
and you feel as if you'll never again be
"buzzing around the house on espresso" *

when your Muse
has a hard time inspiring you

leaving you
with nothing but an amphora
of plain water
to wash away

the bitterness
you felt
while sipping your espresso
this morning

Photographed on the morning of 11 May 2010
at the fountain in front of the Austrian Parliament
and at Demel's, Kohlmarkt
Originally published 11 May 2010
Images and text © by Merisi

* My own poem, the lines "splash of water on the face" and "buzzing around the house on espresso"
reflect the beloved "Morning" poem by Billy Collins

Angels at Rest
Viennese Windows

Looking Up
Angels at lunch break

Caught with my mobile phone
Image and Text © by Merisi

Yesterday's Roses
Shimmering in the Midday Heat

Roses at Noon
Shimmering at day's peak

Photographed with my mobile phone
around noon on 23 June 2016
Image and Text © by Merisi