Sunday, 2 August 2015

Rambling Rose
And other Viennese Moments

Rambling Rose

at the Opera Cafè

Molto Vivace
at the Parliament Fountain

Images and Text © by Merisi

Friday, 31 July 2015

Viennese Heaven and Earth
Heut' kumman d'Engerl auf Urlaub nach Wean

This is a story
of heaven and earth

and it is your privilege
to decide which is which!

I collect sky and cloud images
caught with my camera,
often from my window.
and these here are among of my favorites.

The heavenly chocolate-nougat slice
was from Ströck bakery,
at Landstrasse Hauptstrasse 68,
captured at my home, moments
before I delighted my guests with this near-manna

"Heut kumman d'Engerl auf Urlaub nach Wean" -
"Today, angels are vacationing in Vienna"
is a famous Wienerlied. This Viennese song
wonders, among other things, about the reason
tram #38 is so crowded. And in typical Viennese fashion,
the answer lies in the supernatural: Angels are vacationing
in Vienna. Afer all, Vienna's their hometown,
and being true Viennese, they ride on tram 38
out to the Viennese vineyards,
to enjoy a glass of local wine at their favorite Heurigen.

Flourishing imagination, lots of feelings,
a great sense of Wiener Humor and a touch of playful grandeur,
that is Wienerlied for me.

Images and Text © by Merisi

-> "Heut kumman d'Engerl auf Urlaub nach Wien", sang by the beloved Peter Alexander, one of the greatest entertainers out of Vienna, with a great "golden" voice (in the black and white movie with Peter Alexander, the angels on tram 38 are females - their sailor suits probably a loving ribbing of the Wiener Sängerknaben, the Viennese Boys Choir that performs in sailor suits)
-> The same song, performed by Dagmar Koller at Palais Ferstel - following is a medley of more Viennese songs
-> All you want to know about Wienerlieder
-> Ströck Feierabend Bread and Wine, Bakery and Bistrot
-> This week's edition of Sky Watch Friday

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Lunch Hour
At the Imperial Riding Stables

Lipizzan Horses
Imperial Stables of the Spanish Riding School

Photographed at lunch hour
30 July 2015
Images and Text © by Merisi

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Morning at Karlsplatz
Summer in Vienna

Roofline in the Morning Light
The University of Technology
View near the Resselpark exit
of the U4 Karlsplatz station

Up the hill towards
Karlsplatz and Kärntner Strasse

University of Technology
Wiedner Haupstrasse

The Secession building's golden dome
at Karlsplatz and Getreidemarkt

Photographed 23 July 2015
Images and Text © by Merisi

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Looking out a Viennese Window
On a Summer Sunday in July

Today, 8:59:28 AM
Emily Dickson's Summer's Day comes to mind

A something in a summer’s Day
As slow her flambeaux burn away
Which solemnizes me.

A something in a summer’s noon —
A depth — an Azure — a perfume —
Transcending ecstasy.

And still within a summer’s night
A something so transporting bright
I clap my hands to see —

Then veil my too inspecting face
Lets such a subtle — shimmering grace
Flutter too far for me —

The wizard fingers never rest —
The purple brook within the breast
Still chafes it narrow bed —

Still rears the East her amber Flag —
Guides still the sun along the Crag
His Caravan of Red —

So looking on — the night — the morn
Conclude the wonder gay —
And I meet, coming thro’ the dews
Another summer’s Day!

Image © by Merisi

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Minoritenplatz to Herrengasse
Summer Morning in Vienna

Atlantes guarding a palais entrance

The Minorites Church at the
bottom of Leopold-Figl-Gasse

View from Herrengasse towards
Am Hof and Freyung Squares

Photographed Saturday Morning
11 July 2015

Images and Text © by Merisi

Friday, 24 July 2015

Coffee, anyone?
Caffé a Casa in Alsergrund

Espresso Macchiato and Almond Tartlet
A marriage made in heaven

Sipping coffee at the window counter
and watching the world go by

Caffé a Casa
Servitengasse 4a
9th District (Alsergrund)
Images and Text © by Merisi

-> Sigmund Freud Museum at Berggasse is only two minutes from Caffé a Casa
-> Caffé a Casa Homepage, in English
-> Pastries are made by French-trained Pâtissier Eduard Fruth of Chocolaterie Pâtisserie Fruth