Saturday, 3 October 2015

Friday, 2 October 2015

Nel Blu Dipinto di Blu
In the Blue Painted Blue

Nel blu dipinto di blu, felice di stare lassù
In the blue painted blue, happy to be up there
"Volare" by Domenico Modugno

Photographed 1 October 2015 with my mobile phone
at the approach to Vienna International Airport
Image © by Merisi
-> Domenico Modugno, "Volare"
-> Skies from the World over @ Sky Watch Friday

Sunday, 27 September 2015

In Vienna's Botanical Garden
A Golden September Afternoon

Under the Linden Trees
Botanical Garden
of the University of Vienna

Upper Belvedere Palace
View from the
Botanical Garden

Photographed Saturday afternoon, 18 September 2010,
in the Botanical Gardenof the University of Vienna
Rennweg and Joaquingasse, 3rd District
First published 19 September 2010
© by Merisi

Saturday, 26 September 2015

In Need of Comfort Food on a Rainy Day?
Trześniewski to the Rescue!

Where to find refuge on a rainy day in Vienna
when it is either too late or too early for coffee,
but you need a bite to tide you over until mealtime?

Trześniewski to the Rescue!
Heaven-sent hideaway since 1902

Late Morning Snack
Open-faced finger sandwiches
and a Pfiff - all for € 3.20

A Trześniewski Pfiff
0.125 liter equals 4.23 US oz

Trześniewski's Sandwich Parlor
Founded by a Polish immigrant in 1902 and serving
ever since unaussprechlich gute Brötchen,
difficult to pronounce but incredibly good sandwiches,
and not only on rainy days

Photographed 4 June 2013
at Dorotheergasse
Images and Text © by Merisi

Link -> Trześniewski's Homepage with a list of all their locations

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Into the Viennese Vineyards
Nussdorf at the Cusp of Autumn

A Viennese Sunday Tradition
Taking the tram out to Nussdorf
for a walk in the vineyards

Vineyard hills cover more than 1700 acres
of the outskirts of the Austrian capital

Vienna is the only capital with a significant output
of wine grown and produced within city limits

Walking uphill
past vines and roses

Rows of golden Grüner Veltliner grapes
follow rows of dark blue ones

Is there a chance of rain brewing over the city?
Viennese don't mind and always know where to find the nearest shelter,
usually a Heuriger, a wine tavern, where to restore one's strength with local food and wine

Photographed the afternoon of 13 September 2015
in the vineyards of Vienna's 19th District
Images and Text © by Merisi

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

A Something in a Summer's Day
In Mochi's Garden in the Sun

A something in a summer's Day
As slow her flambeaux burn away
Which solemnizes me.

A something in a summer's noon —
A depth — an Azure — a perfume —
Transcending ecstasy.

So looking on—the night—the morn
Conclude the wonder gay—
And I meet, coming thro' the dews
Another summer's Day!

Emily Dickinson

Photographed on the last day of Summer
22 September 2015
Images and own Text © by Merisi

Monday, 21 September 2015

Coffee at Gasthaus zur Dankbarkeit
Viennese Escapes: Neusiedler See in Burgenland

Walnut-Nougat-Dumplings with Cherry Compote
Dessert like Manna from heaven

Un Caffè Doppio
Two shot expresso that earns its Italian name

Gasthaus zur Dankbarkeit
One of my favorite places to eat and then have coffee

The country inn and Heurigen
is located in Podersdorf am See
- a village by beautiful Lake Neusiedl -
and surrounded on three sides by Burgenland's vineyards
About an hour's drive south of Vienna
Images and Text © by Merisi

-> Homepage of the Restaurant, Heurigen, and Inn: Gasthaus zur Dankbarkeit
-> Lake Neusiedl Seewinkel National Park