Monday, 2 March 2015

Vienna's Spring starts early
Schanigarten Season has officially begun!

Outdoor's where the Action is
As of yesterday, the first of March,
tables and chairs are back on public sidewalks
outside Viennese cafés and restaurants

Kleines Café
© by Merisi
-> About Schanigarten at Wikipedia:
Schanigarten is the Austro-Bavarian term for tables and chairs set up on the sidewalk in front of eating and drinking places. Unlike normal beer gardens (Gastgärten), the customers actually sit on public property.

Saturday, 28 February 2015

Unclassified Close Encounters
Viennese Moments in Time

Looking Up
Walking along narrow medieval streets

Moving right along
in a narrow lane
that never sees the sun

Street Shoes
Shooting the breeze


Photographed February 2015
Images and Text © by Merisi

Friday, 27 February 2015

Spotting Angels
Heiligenkreuzer Hof

Looking Up
On an overcast day

Angels watching
over a courtyard

or getting ready
to walk on

Photographed at Heiligenkreuzer Hof
Baroque angels in a quiet haven in the Inner City -
the courtyard of the Abbey of the Holy Cross
dates back to the early 12th century
Images and Text © by Merisi
-> The Singing Monks of Heiligenkreuz @ Youtube
-> About "The Singing Monks of Heiligenkreuz" at The Vienna Review

Thursday, 26 February 2015

The End of an Affair
Viennese Moments

A little bread—a crust—a crumb—
A little trust—a demijohn—
Can keep the soul alive—
Not portly, mind! but breathing—warm—
Conscious—as old Napoleon,
The night before the Crown!

A modest lot—A fame petite—
A brief Campaign of sting and sweet
Is plenty! Is enough!
A Sailor's business is the shore!
A Soldier's—balls! Who asketh more,
Must seek the neighboring life!

Emily Dickinson

Death by Chocolate
at Hollmann Salon
Image © by Merisi

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

I spy Spring
Just around the Corner

On the Left Bank
Friedrich Ohmann's blue amphoras
and an allegory to spring
grace the stone arches
of the promenade along the Vienna River
in Vienna's central City Park

On Overflowing Pond
Mallard ducks getting their feet wet

Rainy day scene at the
Johann Strauß memorial

Photographed 24 February 2015
in Vienna's Stadtpark
Images and Text © by Merisi

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

I don't want it to end!
Hollmann Salon at Heiligenkreuzer Hof

Only little more than a month left
to feast at Hollmann Salon

A magical place,
where you arrive a stranger
and leave as a friend

I love everything about it,
from the food to the waitstaff,
even the soft linen napkins -
a serene hideaway from the ordinary

Photographed February 2015
Images and Text © by Merisi

-> Homepage Hollmann Salon: Still open through March 2015
(Post edited 28 February 2015)

Monday, 23 February 2015