Friday, 22 May 2015

Vienna waits for you
Viennese Golden Moments

Shop Window
On my mind, Klimt's Kiss

Demel Salons
Echos of a Gilded Age

Kleines Café
A midsummer afternoon

Images and Text © by Merisi

I really love this interview, Billy Joel's reflections about Vienna touched my heart.
He nailed what I love about this city (and he also sings his beautiful "Vienna waits for you" song):
-> Billy Joel, Why Vienna?
-> Gustav Klimt's "The Kiss" at the Upper Belvedere
-> History of Demel Pâtisserie Café, Kohlmarkt 14
-> Original trailer of Carol Reed's 1949 film, with Orson Welles, The Third Man
R e p o s t

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Viennese Escapes
Hiking in Vorarlberg

Rappenloch Gorge
Dornbirn, Vorarlberg

Bridge over the gorge

Hiking in the gorge is possible
from the end of April through mid-November

Hiking boots and stamina are de rigueur
to master the steep cliffs safely -

Gorgeous views of waterfalls and a small lake
at the top of the climb will be your reward

Photographed in Vorarlberg,
Austria's westernmost province,
at the border to Switzerland
Images and Text © by Merisi
-> Sky Watch Friday

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Black Coffee at Naschmarkt
When the Writing on the Wall is Blue

Early Morning Light
I love walking along
the food stalls at Naschmarkt

when only vendors are out and about,
busy stocking their market stalls -
sometimes taking a breather before
the arrival of the first customers

Photographed at Naschmarkt
between Kettenbrückengasse and Karlsplatz
Images and Text © by Merisi
-> Black and White Wednesday

Turandot Lake Stage at Bregenz Festival
Nessun dorma: Viennese Escapes

Sunset at Lake Constance
Floating lake stage in Bregenz

Waiting for the stars
to appear over Lake Constance

Work in Progress
Marco Arturo Marelli's stage design
for this year's performance of Puccini's "Turandot"
Shore of Lake Constance, Bregenz

Photographed 14 May 2015
in Bregenz, Austria

The Bregenz Festival runs from 22 July through 23 August 2015
Images and Text © by Merisi
-> Bregenz Festival at Wikipedia:
- Bregenzer Festspiele (Bregenz Festival) is a performing arts festival which is held every July and August in Bregenz, Austria. Founded in 1946, the festival presents a wide variety of musical and theatrical events in several venues ...
- Seebühne (or floating stage), with 7,000 seats, is the location for large-scale opera or musical performances on a stage over water on the shores of Lake Constance
-> "Turandot" Press Office at Bregenzer Festspiele
-> Plácido Domingo performing "Nessun Dorma"
-> Sky Watch Friday

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Coffee on a Boat, anyone?
Café Restaurant Motto am Fluss

Coffee, anyone?

Coffee macchiato
and lemon meringue tart

Spring luncheon on a boat
on the "Little Danube"

Motto am Fluss
Frant-Josefs-Kai 2
10 minutes walk from St. Stephen's Cathedral,
across from Schwedenplatz

Images and Text © by Merisi
-> Homepage Café Restaurant Motto am Fluss

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Windows in Döbling
Viennese Neighborhoods

Yellow and White
Sunny side of the street

Madonna and Child
Well taken care of

Newish Kid on the Block
What's in a century?

Photographed in Döbling
in Vienna's 19th District
Images and Text © by Merisi

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

The Upper Belvedere Palace
from the Botanical Garden

The Botanical Garden of the University of Vienna
Beyond the garden's brick wall,
Prince Eugene's Upper Belvedere Palace

Photographed 28 April 2015
under an overcast sky
Images and Text © by Merisi

Monday, 11 May 2015

Evening Song
Viennese Moments

The Winner
Theseus Temple

"Freedom is just another word
for nothing left to lose,

"... feeling good was easy, Lord, when he sang the blues,
Hey, feeling good was good enough for me, ...

Photographed in the
Golden Hour of 7 May 2015
Images © by Merisi
-> Me and Bobby McGee