Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Happy Thanksgiving, America!
Abraham Lincoln's Manifesto of Gratitude

"The year
that is drawing towards its close,
has been filled with the blessings
of fruitful fields and healthful skies.
To these bounties,
which are so constantly enjoyed
that we are prone to forget
the source from which they come,
others have been added,
which are of so extraordinary a nature,

that they cannot fail
to penetrate and soften even the heart
which is habitually insensible
to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God.
It has seemed to me fit and proper
that they should be solemnly,
reverently and gratefully acknowledged
as with one heart and voice
by the whole American people.

I do therefore invite my fellow citizens
in every part of the United States,
and also those who are at sea
and those who are sojourning in foreign lands,
to set apart and observe
the last Thursday of November next,
as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise
to our beneficent Father
who dwelleth in the Heavens.

And I recommend to them that
while offering up the ascriptions
justly due to Him for such singular deliverances
and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence
for our national perverseness and disobedience,
commend to his tender care all those
who have become widows, orphans, mourners
or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife
in which we are unavoidably engaged,

and fervently implore
the interposition of the Almighty Hand
to heal the wounds of the nation
and to restore it as soon as may be consistent
with the Divine purpose
to the full enjoyment of peace,
harmony, tranquillity and Union."

Quoted from
"A Declaration of Thanksgiving"
Abraham Lincoln's Manifesto of Gratitude
October 3, 1863

Photographed in 2009 in the fields and meadows of
Lake Neusiedl-Seewinkel National Park
© by Merisi

Lake Neusiedl is located
less than an hour's drive
south of Vienna

Coffee, anyone?
Viennese Mélange at Café Diglas

Viennese Mélange
A perfect cup of coffee, served on a silvern tray,
with a spoon-topped glass of water and sugar cubes
Café Diglas

Photographed with my little
Panasonic Lumix TZ5 in November 2010
Image and Text © by Merisi
Black and White Wednesday

A Viennese Sunrise
Morning in the City

Morning edged in Gold
26 November 2014
© by Merisi

Café Diglas
In a Viennese Coffee House

Café Diglas
In Charles Baudelaire's words,
"there all is beauty and symmetry,
pleasure and calm and luxury"

Hungry anyone?
Viennese coffee houses started serving meals
after the price of coffee beans rose sharply
during Napoleon's 1808 Continental Blockade of England

Sweet Temptation
Who could resist Baked Apple Tiramisu,
the Diglas take of the Italian dessert
composed of layers of sponge cake,
served the Viennese way?

Photographed at
Café Diglas
A stone's throw from
St. Stephen's cathedral
Wollzeile 10

Images © by Merisi

-> Café Diglas Homepage
-> History of Viennese Coffee Hauses at the City of Vienna's homepage

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Schönbrunn's Gloriette
Vienna in Autumn

Schönbrunn's Gloriette
Approaching from the north-east entrance
of the palace gardens during golden hour

South Façade
Facing the park and the palace
at the bottom of the hill

Looking Eastwards
A path leading toward the eastern gate
and a view of the city beyond

View from the Gloriette
Schönbrunn Palace at the bottom of the hill
in golden evening light, moments after the sun
disappeared behind a bank of clouds in the west

Photographed 14 October 2014
Images and Text © by Merisi