Thursday, 17 April 2014

Viennese Dogs and Schanigartens
Springtime in Vienna

Early Morning Annagasse

This lovely dog came along so suddenly,
I barely managed to capture a picture

One more sweet dog,
at Hafnersteig,
the other end of town

Early morning scene,
outdoors, in the shade,
chairs thoughtfully lined with sheepskin
to take away the morning chill
Café Diglas Schanigarten

Viennese Dogs
are trained to visit coffee houses
and know how to behave properly
Café Aida Schanigarten
next to St. Stephen's Square

Photographed 25 April 2013
Images and Text © by Merisi
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Link: -> Schanigarten at Wikipedia:
Viennese for tables set up on the sidewalk in front of a coffeehouse

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

In the Time of Lilacs
Spring Morning in Schönbrunn Park

Lilacs at Sunrise
Schönbrunn Park

A few of the sights
caught on an early morning

walk in Schönbrunn Park
in springtime

Photographed 11 April 2014
Images and Text © by Merisi

"Thou art not lovelier than lilacs"
Edna St. Vincent Millay

Cherry Blossoms
Vienna in Spring

Saturday Morning
Cherry blossoms at their peak,
three weeks ago,
in a park in the 6th District

Cherry Blossoms and Mural
I love this small park,
an oasis only steps from busy streets
in the middle of Mariahilf District

Photographed 22 March 2014
6th District (Mariahilf)
© by Merisi

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Waiting for Sunrise
Schönbrunn Palace and Park in Spring

An early Morning in Spring
Balustrade of Schönbrunn Palace

Vineyard at the Orangerie
Wine has been cultivated
at Schönbrunn since the 18th century

Horse Chestnut Trees
In leaves and ready to bloom

Ehrenhof Courtyard
Rain puddles from the previous night's storm
reflect the sky and the Schönbrunn yellow of the palace

The Sun has risen
Schönbrunn Palace in the morning sun
On the left,  the dark, low slung temporary huts
put up for the Easter Market

the morning of 11 April 2014
© by Merisi

Saturday, 12 April 2014

The Grand Wired Hotel
Lodgings for the Emperor's Guests

The Grand Wired Hotel
Façade of Schönbrunn Parkhotel
Across the Westgate of Schönbrunn Park
13th District (Hietzing)

Photographed 11 April 2014
7:42:39 AM
Images and Text © by Merisi

-> The History of Parkhotel Schönbrunn

Afternoon in the City
Frühling in Wien

Sunday After Noon
Angels never sleep
Church of the Nine Choirs of Angels
Kirche am Hof

Closed Balcony Doors
Someone taking 40 winks?

Madonna of the Sink
Madonna's busy washing dishes!
Dolce e Gabana

Solo After Lunch
Violin player

Walking the Dog
Church of the Nine Choirs of Angels

Coffee After Lunch
Café Julius Meinl
Graben Square

Photographed 25 April 2010
Images and text © by Merisi
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Friday, 11 April 2014

Vienna in April
Light in Spring

An altered look about the hills;
A Tyrian light the village fills;
A wider sunrise in the dawn;
A deeper twilight on the lawn;
A print of a vermilion foot;
A purple finger on the slope;
A flippant fly upon the pane;
A spider at his trade again;
An added strut in chanticleer;
A flower expected everywhere;
An axe shrill singing in the woods;
Fern-odors on untravelled roads, —
All this, and more I cannot tell,
A furtive look you know as well,
And Nicodemus' mystery
Receives its annual reply
Emily Dickinson

Photographed 9 April 2014
5:25:58 PM
© by Merisi

This week's edition of
Sky Watch Friday

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Une Invitation au Voyage
Postcards from Venice, on Baudelaire's Birthday

Think, would it not be
Sweet to live with me
All alone, my child, my love?

See, their voyage past,
To their moorings fast,
On the still canals asleep

We should have a room
Never out of bloom:
Tables polished by the palm
Of the vanished hours
Should reflect rare flowers
In that amber-scented calm;
Ceilings richly wrought,
Mirrors deep as thought,
Walls with eastern splendor hung,
All should speak apart
To the homesick heart
In its own dear native tongue.
There, restraint and order bless
Luxury and voluptuousness.

Quoted from the poem "L'invitation au voyage"
by Charles Baudelaire, translation by Edna St. Vincent Millay
Click for the complete poem @ Poetry Dispatch!
Photographed in Venice, February 2012
Images © by Merisi
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Images and Text © by Merisi

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Light of 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