Sunday, 5 January 2014

Prince Eugene's Upper Belvedere
Vienna at Christmastime


Prince Eugene's Upper Belvedere
A row of wooden Christmas market stands
separates the palace from its reflection on the water


A Santa Train
chop-chooing along temporary tracks


The Upper Belvedere Palace
seen from Santa Wonderland


Photographed 13 December 2013
while a Christmas market was being held
between the palace and the reflection pool
Images and Text © by Merisi

36 comments:

  1. Prince Eugene's "casa" is quite beautiful; lovely reflection---perfect!

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    1. Un casone grande, indeed! ;)
      For once, built by someone who earned every spoil he ever indulged in.

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  2. Love them all...have a great weekend!

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    1. Thank you, Mary,
      enjoy your weekend!

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  3. Where is my "com" ???
    I hope you "une très belle et douce année 2014" !
    Very beautiful photos of the end and begenning of the year ! Bravo !

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    1. Thank you, and a Happy New Year to you, too! :-)

      (I'm afraid I don't grab the meaning of Where is my "com"? - *puzzledlook*

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    1. It is, indeed. I am in awe every time I walk through the garden gate.

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  5. So tolle Fotos! Das erste ist sowieso einfach traumhaft! Muss da echt endlich mal wieder hin....
    LG Mary

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    1. Danke! :-)
      The Belvedere is always worth a visit and balsam for the soul, isn't it?

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  6. Cool! Amazing captures!

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  7. Beautiful blog and glorious photos. Thank you for coming along to mine. F x

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    1. Thank you, my pleasure! :-)

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  8. I visited Vienna back in 2010 and Belvedere was one of my favouirte locations that we saw. Thanks so much for sharing with us.

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    1. You are welcome! :-)

      Prince Eugene's legacy goes way beyond having won important battles for the crown. He's one of my favorite historical figures.

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  9. Magical! The reflection is stunning!

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    1. The whole place oozes magic, as simple as that.

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  10. Th magnificence of the palace and it's reflection erase the market stalls.
    Lovely to see the Christmas choo choo train.

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    1. It's interesting how they almost disappear, isn't it?
      I can't help but wonder why those huts must be so desperately ugly. Somewhere, some time ago, I have seen sketches or proposals of new models. They looked even worse, I thought. ;-)

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  11. What a gorgeous place! I could spend hours photographing that scene.

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    1. Oh yes, some people actually do so. ;-)

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  12. Do you think Prince Eugene would mind if I moved into one of his rooms on the top floor?

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    1. I am sure he'd have loved to have you move in and would have been eager to learn more about your continent! Did you know that he arrived as a very young man at Vienna's Court, a refugee from the French king. I have heard him called "the most successful refugee ever" to be given safe haven in Austria.

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    2. P.S.: You'd allow me to take pictures from your upper floor perch, wouldn't you? I'd recommend the north side, one of the best panoramic views of Vienna. ;-)

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  13. The same amazing place as photos. As always ;)
    Happy New Year !!!

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    1. Thank you and Happy New Year to you, too! :-)

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  14. Reflections in Vienna are the BEST!

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    1. Merci beaucoup! :-)

      How about looking for some in Paris? There must be some ponds around, too. ;-)

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  15. Christmas market sounds like fun place to explore.

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    1. Paz,
      there are so many around here at Christmastime, I only manage to see a few each year. The "village" up at the Belvedere was quite fun, a Luna Park for the wee ones and the market stalls were interesting, too. I even had a good lunch there, apple sausage. I wished I'd found the time to visit again and eat another one. ;-)

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  16. What a beautiful place and so colorful!! I would love to visit there!! Wonderful captures as always, Merisi, thanks for sharing!! Have a great new week!

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  17. Quelle merveille d'architecture ce château ! J'admire Vienne, cette ville est un bijou, une splendeur. Tes photos sont magiques. Belle et douce année chère Merisi, bisous

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  18. What a marvellous place. That first shot is stunning!

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  19. wow, this place! you captured the wonder!

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