Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Everything is illuminated
Looking ahead by looking back

Markt und Straßen
stehn verlassen,

Still erleuchtet jedes Haus,

Sinnend geh ich durch die Gassen,

Alles sieht so festlich aus.

Shops and streets
are now deserted,
every house illuminated soothingly;
Lost in thought along the lanes I wander,
everything exudes such festive air. 

Poem by
Joseph Freiherr von Eichendorff

Translation and Images
© by Merisi

Photographed along
the few hundred meters walking
from Demel's at Kohlmarkt
past Haydn's Michaelerhaus,
St. Michael's Church and
the fountain at St. Michael's Square,
towards Michaelerdurchgang and the passage
from Michaelerplatz to Habsburgergasse.
Christkind "Christchild" Shop Window:
Demel, Kohlmarkt
15 December 2009

I hope I did not shock you too much!
I happened upon these pictures by chance
and all of a sudden I was looking forward
to Christmas time!


  1. A lovely glimpse of Christmas

  2. Thank you, Val! :-)
    Temperatures here have dropped 15°C overnight, it is dark and rainy outside, probably the reason for my sudden Christmas frenzy. ;-)

  3. LOL! thanks for the explanation at the end, sugar! ;) it's getting a bit cooler here, too. xoxoxoxo

    p.s. thank you for stopping by and your condolences. much appreciated! xox

  4. With the current temperature it´s no wonder you are already thinking of Christmas ;-)

  5. Savannah,
    *smile* and big hug! xxx

    as if catapulted from the pool (I was still swimming yesterday) into the icy sea! ;-)

  6. Oh no no no! As beautiful as these pictures are, it's far too soon (for me) to be thinking about that time of year. Even the stores hereabouts wait (just barely) for Halloween to be over before putting up the tinsel.

  7. A lovely surprise. Vienna illuminated is like gilding the lily -- heavenly!

  8. For some reason these make me think of Christmas. Especially the mirrors and reflections.

  9. Louciao,
    I know, I am the first to complain about any holiday stuff showing up too early! I promise this here will remain a unique lapse, an aberration, brought on by the tumbling of temperatures overnight. Suddenly on a dark rainy day, the lights of Christmas seemed so warm and comforting. ;-)

    Vicki Lane,
    I agree! :-)

    Charles Gramlich,
    it IS Christmas. *giggles*
    September surprise! :-)))

  10. I love Christmas time in Europe. It always feels so magical.

  11. Très "classe" ces jeux de glace!
    Oui, le repas au vieux château était excellent.


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