Beautiful. And it pairs nicely with my post, too. Ah, Starbucks. Ours in Dublin, OH has the same light fixtures, only in orange. :^)
Well Merisi, I am a bit alarmed to see this photo. How is it possible that Starbucks could dare enter the city of Demel's?Why would someone, even a night hawk, favor that experience?Please do tell me that Viennese civilization still holds.xo
I would love some starbucks right now!!
Believe it or not, I've never had a cup of Starbucks coffee. However if I ever get to Vienna, well maybe then.Sandi
Do I know that fellow? Strikingly good looking, don't you think?A very atmospheric picture. So much nice than MacDonalds.
What a cute picture. I love it.
How relaxed and peaceful looking.I like the red bricked cafe - looks fun.
What are you doing in Starbucks Merisi??It looks just like the one in downtown Walnut Creek, CA.
Starbucks.The enemy we can't live without had invaded Vienna.nine.
Oh NO -- et tu, Vienna?
*smile*That scene does look very Viennese,don't you agree? This is an underground location, at a big subway transfer station, not the place where one expects quiet contemplation. I am all for free enterprise and when Starbucks came to Vienna, it become a refuge for those coffee devotees who'd rather breath smoke-free air, giving the local establishments a run for their money. In the meantime, at least two of the big traditional coffee houses have declared their houses smoke-free, Cafe Schwarzenberg and Griensteidl, and smaller places like Cafe der Provinz and Phil.
I think Vienna has the power of turning even Starbucks into something very... Viennese :)!
@ Paris Breaksfasts:Remember, the enemy is within! Viennese coffeehouses will not go down because of Starbucks. To quote that ancient Roman sage, Cicero, "The enemy is within the gates; it is with our own luxury, our own folly ... " - I'd add to that complacency and smugness, to which a half dozen Starbucks weigh nothing. McDonald's is now throwing its very own McCafés into the ring, They may take a bigger bite out of the coffee business than Starbucks. Their prices are very competitive, and the coffee's good! Plus, they offer a smoke-free environment, and more and more people who don't smoke are tired of being considered second-class customers.
@ Lana,I agree!And if they help to show the light to those managers who think that the all important customer is the one who smokes, they better for them!
@ Carolyn Parker:I took this picture from the outside, walking by on my way to the metro. ;-)
@ Vicki Lane,I know, even though, unlike Brutus, I am not in on the conspiracy! ;-)
@ Frances,please don't worry! Enough devoted Viennese are out there to keep us lapsing into Dark Ages again, at least as far as the coffee front is concerned! Quite a few coffee brewers are fighting valiantly against doom. ;-)
@ Sandi McBride, when Starbucks opened its first store on the East Coast right there in my then hometown DC, I had quite a few good cups of coffee there (before that, the only place I knew that served a decent Italian style espresso was Luigi's Pizzeria on L Street!).
@ Willow,I wished they treated them as art and had engaged Dale Chihuly to create something truly original! ;-)
Edward Hopper would be fascinated by this! And so am I.
@ Margeret Benbow:Isn't it fascinating how a single artist has forever captured our imagination when we see scenes like this one?
Ahh-- the smoke free thing makes sense!
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