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 a few more days 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

Monday, 23 February 2015

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Wotruba Church
Where Art and the City meet the Vienna Woods

The Wotruba Church
Built between 1974 and 1976 on the top of a hill,
where the Vienna Woods meet the outskirts of the city -
Designed by the Austrian artist and sculptor Fritz Wotruba,
with technical plans by architect Fritz Gerhard Mayer

From the Outside looking in
The nave awash in evening light
streaming in through plain glass windows,
illuminating the interior, with the concrete walls
reflecting the sky and surrounding woods -
an unexpected lightness, considering the rather
fortresslike concrete exterior

Wotruba Church - Church of the Holy Trinity
Filialkirche zur Heiligsten Dreifaltigkeit Mauer
St. Georgenberg - St. George Hill
Liesing (23rd District)

The church can be reached from the Inner City
by taking metro U4 from Karlsplatz to Hietzing station,
from there tram #60 to the end station at Rodaun

Photographed 20 February 2015
© by Merisi

-> For anyone looking for information about Vienna,
I recommend bookmarking the Vienna Direct Homepage

-> Quote from The Wotruba Church at Vienna Direct:
"The Kirche zur Heiligsten Dreifaltigkeit is considered by most art critics to be his ultimate artistic achievement." (...)
"Wotruba had found his inspiration during a visit to the French city of Chartres, a place that embodied the essence of modern Europe to him, and started working on the plans in 1967. Unfortunately the sculptor died in 1975, before the completion of the church. His collaborator, the architect Fritz G. Mayr, finished the work, thus achieving his vision of a temple to God in today’s modern world."

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