Sunday, 29 March 2015

Grand Viennese Coffee Houses
Café Sperl in Mariahilf

Coffee Melange
Served the Viennese way,
with a glass of water, topped
by a downturned spoon, on a silvery tray

Café Sperl
In the quiet of a weekend morning

"... it must be said
that the Viennese coffeehouse
is a particular institution which is not comparable
to any other in the world. As a matter of fact,
it is a democratic club to which admission costs the small price
of a cup of coffee. Upon payment of this mite
every guest can sit for hours on end,discuss, write,
play cards, receive his mail, and, above all, can go through
an unlimited number of newspapers and magazines."
Stefan Zweig

Photographed in the early morning
of a weekend in June
Café Sperl
Gumpendorfer Strasse
Mariahilf, 6th District
Images © by Merisi

Quote from Stefan Zweig's memoir,
"The World of Yesterday"
"Die Welt von Gestern.
Erinnerungen eines Europäers"
© Viking Press 1943
The University of Nebraska Press
-> The Weekend in Black and White

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Looking up

Oper House at Dusk
Winged Equestrian Statue
by German sculptor Ernst Julius Hähnel
(1811 - 1891)
27 March 2014, 5:28 PM
© by Merisi
-> Vienna State Opera at Wikipedia:
"Towards the end of World War II, on March 12, 1945, the opera was set alight by an American bombardment.The front section, which had been walled off as a precaution, remained intact including the foyer, with frescoes by Moritz von Schwind, the main stairways, the vestibule and the tea room. The auditorium and stage were, however, destroyed by flames as well as almost the entire décor and props for more than 120 operas with around 150,000 costumes. The State Opera was temporarily housed at the Theater an der Wien and at the Vienna Volksoper."
"The Austrian Federal Chancellor Leopold Figl made the decision in 1946 to have a functioning opera house again by 1949. An architectural competition was announced, which was won by Erich Boltenstern. The submissions had ranged from a complete restructuring of the auditorium to a replica of the original design; Boltenstern decided on a design similar to the original with some modernisation in keeping with the design of the 1950s. In order to achieve a good acoustic, wood was the favoured building material, at the advice of, among others, Arturo Toscanini. In addition, the number of seats in the parterre (stalls) was reduced, and the fourth gallery, which had been fitted with columns, was restructured so as not to need columns. The facade, entrance hall and the "Schwind" foyer were restored and remain in their original style."
-> Sky Watch Friday

Friday, 27 March 2015

A few of my favorite Things
Have coffee, eat, wait for the Bus

Café Central
Palais Ferstel

Zum Schwarzen Kameel
Midafternoon snack at the sandwich bar
with a glass of Gelber Muskateller wine

My favorite Bus Stop
You can always reconsider and go home
in a horse-drawn carriage instead
Petersplatz at Graben

Photographed in the Inner City
Images and Text © by Merisi
-> Café Central @ Wikipedia:
Café Central is a traditional Viennese café located at Herrengasse 14 in the Innere Stadt first district of Vienna, Austria. The café occupies the ground floor of the former Bank and Stockmarket Building, today called the Palais Ferstel after its architect Heinrich von Ferstel.
-> Restaurant Zum Schwarzen Kameel @
The building at Bognergasse 5 was originally occupied by a spice shop, which the owner, Johan Baptist Cameel, who purchased the business in 1618, called “Zum Schwarzen Kameel” – which explains the second “e” in the name.
-> Extensive information about the restaurant, its history and many more facts, at the Homepage of Zum Schwarzen Kameel

Thursday, 26 March 2015

From the Inside looking out
Shop Window

Shop Window
Palais Harrach

Image © by Merisi

Light in Spring
Viennese Moments

Lessing Monument

Am Hof

Turning a Corner

Photographed 12 March 2014
Images and Text © by Merisi

-> Judenplatz "was the center of Jewish life and the Viennese Jewish Community in the Middle Ages. It is located in the immediate proximity of Am Hof square, Schulhof, and Wipplingerstraße.
It exemplifies the long and eventful history of the city and the Jewish community focused on this place."
-> German poet Gotthold Ephraim
"was in Vienna in 1775/76, had an audience with Joseph II.,[17] and was therefore in a position to influence and shape the Viennese cultural climate. Lessing's "Ringparabel" in the drama "Nathan der Weise" is considered a key text of the Enlightenment and helped in the formulation of the idea of tolerance."
Quotes from

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Viennese Golden Moments
Morning in the City

Gilded eggs

the cup full

teasing patterns

almost gone


No one but you

Freyung Easter Market
Stadtpark Meierei
Left Bank of Vienna River
Images and Text © by Merisi
Repost from April 2012

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Blue Hour at Prince Eugene's
The Upper Belvedere Palace

Guarding the Palace

The Upper Belvedere Palace
Another sphinx, looking at you!

Bare Trees
Illuminated, reaching for the sky

Photographed Sunday Evening
I had visited an exhibition at the nearby 21er Haus Museum,
which closed at 6:00 PM. I decided the evening was too beautiful
to go home immediately and took a walk through the Belvedere gardens.
I had no camera (yes, those rare moments exist), so I tried to capture
the scene with my mobile phone, as best as I could.
Now I wonder, is there an App for Dummies, or anything that could help me
capture better, less pixelated pictures?

Images and Text © by Merisi
-> Sphinx, at
"Classical Mythology. a monster,
usually represented as having the head and breast of a woman,
the body of a lion, and the wings of an eagle. Seated on a rock outside of Thebes,
she proposed a riddle to travelers, killing them when they answered incorrectly,
as all did before Oedipus. When he answered her riddle correctly the Sphinx killed herself"

Monday, 23 March 2015

A Walk in the Third District
One enchanted Evening

The Arsenal
Museum of Military History

Playground at Schweizergarten
with the 21er Haus in the background

Office Tower
21er Haus Museum

Photographed with my mobile phone
on the evening of 22 March 2015
© by Merisi
-> The Arsenal in Vienna @ Wikipedia:
The Arsenal is a former military complex of buildings in the south-east of Vienna in the third district.
Several brick buildings in a rectangle layout make up the complex which is located on a bank south of the Landstraßer Gürtel. It is the most distinguished building group of the romantic historism in Vienna and has been constructed in Italian-medieval respectively Byzantine-Islamic style. Essentially the complex is still preserved in its original form, merely a few workshop buildings within the courtyard were replaced.
-> Museum of Military History @ Wikipedia:
The Museum of Military History - Military History Institute in Vienna, is the leading museum of the Austrian Armed Forces, which documents the history of Austrian military affairs through a wide range of exhibits comprising, above all, weapons, armours, tanks, aeroplanes, uniforms, flags, paintings, medals and badges of honour, photographs, battleship models, and documents.
-> Schweizergarten (Maria Josefa Park) @
The Maria Josefa Park was built in 1903/1904 near the Southern Railroad Station, between the newly constructed Armoury and the old Belvedere Palace. It covers 11.4 hectares and has been redesigned on several occasions
-> 21er Haus - Museum of Modern Art @ Wikipedia:
The 21er Haus or Einundzwanziger Haus (English: House 21) is a modernist style steel and glass building designed by Austrian architect Karl Schwanzer (1918–1975). Originally constructed as the Austrian pavilion or temporary showroom for the Expo 58 in Brussels,[1][2] it was later transferred to Vienna to house the Museum of the 20th Century, which explains why it was first nicknamed "20er Haus" (House 20). Between 1979 and 2001, the building also acted as a depository for contemporary art works. From 2009 to 2011, it was remodeled by the architect Adolf Krischanitz and consequently renamed 21er Haus to reflect the 21st century.[