Monday, 25 July 2016

An Enchanted Evening
In Vienna's Josefstadt

School of the Piarists
It is through this portal - leading up from
the square in front of the church of Maria Treu -
that the eldest son of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
must have stepped through many times
when he went to school here in the 1790s.
Every time I walk by
I imagine Wolfgang Amadeus waiting
by those steps to pick up his son.
So far,
I have missed him,
but who knows,
one fine day ...
I keep on looking

Maria Treu Church Square
To the left, again the school entrance,
under the old chestnut trees to the right,
the outdoor tables of two restaurants
beckon to sit down and enjoy
the feeling of being transported
to some southern land -
one of those magical places in Vienna
where you turn a corner and suddenly
are not sure anymore whether you
are now in Italy.
That feeling still takes me
by surprise, its intensity
something I'll never get used to.

Beyond the chestnut trees,
a glimpse of the white painted façade
of one of Vienna's most beautiful Baroque churches,
the Piarist Church of Maria Treu,
while under the trees
restaurant patrons enjoy
among other delicacies,
what is in my opinion Vienna's
best pizza, an authentic Italian one
from the wood fired pizza oven
of Sestante restaurant

Lingering a bit more
in the evening light,
over an espresso un caffè,
brewed from coffee beans roasted in Venice,

the shadows slowly encroaching on the church square,
the waning Golden Hour painting the sky in the bluest blue,
before ceding to the Blue Hour and then night falls,
in Vienna

Photographed 19 August 2010
Jodok Fink Platz in Josefstadt
8th District
Images and Text © by Merisi
Summer elsewhere: -> Mersad's Through my Lens

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Visiting Joseph Haydn Country
Does Landscape shape Character?

Does Landscape Shape Character?
Joseph Haydn
spent his early childhood

in close proximity
to this river

and the riparian forests
along it.

"In the beginning, God made Heaven and Earth;
and the Earth was without form and void;
and darkness was upon the face of the deep

"In the spirit, God moved upon the face of the waters;
and God said: Let there be light. And there was light" *

Joseph Haydn
met his creator 204 years ago today

Photographed by Merisi
May 17, 2009
near Rohrau, Haydn's birthplace -
less than an hour's drive southeast of
Vienna in Lower Austria

Images and own text © by Merisi
*) Quote from Robert Shaw's lyrics to Franz Joseph Haydn's "Die Schöpfung"
Link: "The Creation" - Leonard Bernstein conducting

Saturday, 23 July 2016

The Fountain at Schwarzenbergplatz

Hochstrahlbrunnen Fountain

Photographed with my mobile camera
the morning of 21 July 2016
© by Merisi
-> TourMyCountry:
The fountain at Schwarzenbergplatz "was built to celebrate the construction of the first water pipeline
from the Styrian alps to Vienna in 1873."
"The edge of the Hochstrahlbrunnen has a circle of 365 little fountains, representing the individual days of a year. Six medium-size fountains and a central island symbolise the seven days of the week. 12 high fountains symbolise the months of a year, and 24 small fountains for the hours of a day. From the central island, there are 30 fountains that represent the days of a month. This is a re-arrangement that is in place since 1906."

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Golden Hour at the Upper Belvedere
Viennese Evening Light

Prince Eugene's Upper Belvedere Palace
In the foreground, one of artist Ai Weiwei's giant bronze Zodiac Heads
installed around the reflecting pool of the Upper Belvedere Palace.
Ai Weiwei's "F-Lotus" installation of a thousand life wests floating
on the water is a work created in response to the refugee crisis

Photographed with my mobile phone
on the evening of 20 July 2016
Image and Text © by Merisi

-> Ai Weiwei’s "Zodiac Heads" at the Belvedere: The installation is a prelude to the exhibition - 14 July through 20 November 2016)
-> Video of setting up Ai Weiwei's "F Lotus" at the Belvedere
-> #aiww21 - AI WEIWEI
translocation – transformation at 21er Haus, Vienna

-> Sky Watch Friday

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Viennese Escapes: Mondsee
Salzkammergut Weekend

Capturing Moon Lake
Sunday afternoon
Upper Austria

Photographed with my mobile phone
3 August 2014
© by Merisi

Mondsee - Moon Lake @ Wikipedia
R e p o s t

Sunday, 17 July 2016

Woman in Blue Cleaning a Window
Agora Art Mile at Danube Canal

Woman in Blue Cleaning a Window
Evoking Vermeer at the Agora Art Mile
Danube Canal at Leopoldstadt
2nd District

Photographed 16 July 2016
Image and Text © by Merisi

Agora Art Mile in Leopoldstadt
On the Banks of the Danube Canal

Is there a Pokèmon Go for Dogs?
Checking out the Agora Art Mile on the
Leopoldstadt bank of the Danube Canal
2nd District

Murals and Incidental Art with Chairs
Summer took a hiatus on Saturday

Waiting for Sunnier Days
Melancholic in July

Viennese Vespa Meeting
A flight up from the Danube Canal, two Vespas,
and a group of chairs inviting passersby to seat down

Photographed 16 July 2016
Images and Text © by Merisi