Thursday, 1 March 2012

Café Hawelka
Where once upon a time is now


"... it must be said

that the Viennese coffeehouse

is a particular institution
which is not comparable to any other
in the world..."
*

* Stefan Zweig,
"The World of Yesterday.
Memories of a European"

I remember reading those lines
for the first time, far from Vienna,
and I have reread Zweig's poignant memoirs
a few times since.

It still seems unreal
that I live here now and
more than six years have passed
since I first set foot into Hawelka's.
I still think of Stefan Zweig
when I go there.

Hawelka's coffee Melange is among Vienna's best.
I often need two, to last me through my readings,
with a soft-boiled egg - brain food, you know.

Photographed
Saturday morning at
Café Hawelka
Dorotheergasse
Vienna

Images and own text © by Merisi

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8 comments:

  1. I'm catching my breath over your delicious boiled egg...
    Perfection.
    No doubt about it.

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  2. Lovely pics M - makes me want to go there.

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  3. How lovely to have this beautiful coffee house to visit, read, and write. Love the photos too.

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  4. Your viennese cafés make me dream . I wish my fiancé could read english and understand how much I want to come to Vienna ...

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  5. So civilized -- though I did just read that Mcdonald's was bringing deep-fried McRibs to Austria. Let's hope I was mistaken and it was Australia.

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  6. Merisi, I love what Emily D observed.

    I thank you for letting me see her words. I also thank you for reminding me of Mr H and Mr Z. I must return to the library stacks and check out more of Zweig's books. I must prolong my dreams of Viennese coffee house for just a bit more time.

    Thank you again for those wonderful glimpses of Carnival in Venice...some year I will see it with my own eyes.

    xo

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  7. Paris Breakfasts,
    Hawelka's coffee and eggs are utterly delicious indeed! :-)

    Badger,
    well, let's go! ;-)

    Marilyn,
    it is certainly a wonderful place to escape cabin fever! ;-)

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  8. Mélanie A.,
    try to convinces him with images. After all, pictures say more than a thousand words. ;-)

    Vicki Lane,
    I dare say that some Austrians quite like "Mäcky" - judging from the lines. ;-)

    Frances,
    thank you for your kind words. I truly appreciate them.

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