Sunday, 25 September 2016

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

Thursday, 22 September 2016

St. Stephen's Cathedral
Looking Up

St. Stephen's Cathedral
Main Entrance and Façade

Photographed with my mobile phone camera
on the afternoon of 21 September 2016
Images and Text © by Merisi

St. Stephen's Cathedral (more commonly known by its German title: Stephansdom) is the mother church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vienna and the seat of the Archbishop of Vienna, Christoph Cardinal Schönborn, OP. The current Romanesque and Gothic form of the cathedral, seen today in the Stephansplatz, was largely initiated by Duke Rudolf IV (1339–1365) and stands on the ruins of two earlier churches, the first a parish church consecrated in 1147. The most important religious building in Vienna, St. Stephen's Cathedral has borne witness to many important events in Habsburg and Austrian history and has, with its multi-coloured tile roof, become one of the city's most recognizable symbols.

The church was dedicated to St. Stephen, also the patron of the bishop's cathedral in Passau, and so was oriented toward the sunrise on his feast day of 26 December, as the position stood in the year that construction began. Built of limestone, the cathedral is 107 metres (351 ft) long, 40 metres (130 ft) wide, and 136 metres (446 ft) tall at its highest point. Over the centuries, soot and other forms of air pollution accumulating on the church have given it a black colour, but recent restoration projects have again returned some portions of the building to its original white
Quoted from Wikipedia: St. Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Angels and Other Encounters
Viennese Moments

Angels and Birches
4th District (Wieden)

Happy Hen
Interesting name for a chicken restaurant
Mariahilfer Straße
15th District

Two Bicycles
First District

Photographed 21 und 22 September 2016
with my mobile phone
Images and Text © by Merisi

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Viennese Moments

One of a pair of caryatids
at the corner of Graben and Bognergasse

Photographed 13 September 2016
Images and Text © by Merisi

Monday, 19 September 2016

Vienna Under Alabaster Sky
The Flâneur Looks Up

Looking Up
Under a sky of alabaster glass

façades rise
in corresponding hue

Green ivy tendrils
upset the harmony

Photographed on Saturday afternoon,
17 September 2016, while strolling from lunch
a my family's favorite Vietnamese restaurant
towards a much loved Italian coffee bar
Nussdorfer and Währinger Straße
9th District (Alsergrund)

Images and Text © by Merisi

Saturday, 17 September 2016

Viennese Courtyard Idyll
September Light

Hidden Courtyard
Photographed 13 September 2016
in the 7th District (Neubau)

Image and Text © by Merisi

Friday, 16 September 2016

Morning to Night
Viennese Moments

7th District

Carrier Pigeon
First District

Bakery Window
First District

Photographed 13 September 2016
with my mobile phone's camera
Images and Text © by Merisi