Friday, 27 March 2015

A few of my favorite Things
Have coffee, eat, wait for the Bus

Café Central
Palais Ferstel

Zum Schwarzen Kameel
Midafternoon snack at the sandwich bar
with a glass of Gelber Muskateller wine

My favorite Bus Stop
You can always reconsider and go home
in a horse-drawn carriage instead
Petersplatz at Graben

Photographed in the Inner City
Images and Text © by Merisi
-> Café Central @ Wikipedia:
Café Central is a traditional Viennese café located at Herrengasse 14 in the Innere Stadt first district of Vienna, Austria. The café occupies the ground floor of the former Bank and Stockmarket Building, today called the Palais Ferstel after its architect Heinrich von Ferstel.
-> Restaurant Zum Schwarzen Kameel @
The building at Bognergasse 5 was originally occupied by a spice shop, which the owner, Johan Baptist Cameel, who purchased the business in 1618, called “Zum Schwarzen Kameel” – which explains the second “e” in the name.
-> Extensive information about the restaurant, its history and many more facts, at the Homepage of Zum Schwarzen Kameel

Thursday, 26 March 2015

From the Inside looking out
Shop Window

Shop Window
Palais Harrach

Image © by Merisi

Light in Spring
Viennese Moments

Lessing Monument

Am Hof

Turning a Corner

Photographed 12 March 2014
Images and Text © by Merisi

-> Judenplatz "was the center of Jewish life and the Viennese Jewish Community in the Middle Ages. It is located in the immediate proximity of Am Hof square, Schulhof, and Wipplingerstraße.
It exemplifies the long and eventful history of the city and the Jewish community focused on this place."
-> German poet Gotthold Ephraim
"was in Vienna in 1775/76, had an audience with Joseph II.,[17] and was therefore in a position to influence and shape the Viennese cultural climate. Lessing's "Ringparabel" in the drama "Nathan der Weise" is considered a key text of the Enlightenment and helped in the formulation of the idea of tolerance."
Quotes from

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Viennese Golden Moments
Morning in the City

Gilded eggs

the cup full

teasing patterns

almost gone


No one but you

Freyung Easter Market
Stadtpark Meierei
Left Bank of Vienna River
Images and Text © by Merisi
Repost from April 2012

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Blue Hour at Prince Eugene's
The Upper Belvedere Palace

Guarding the Palace

The Upper Belvedere Palace
Another sphinx, looking at you!

Bare Trees
Illuminated, reaching for the sky

Photographed Sunday Evening
I had visited an exhibition at the nearby 21er Haus Museum,
which closed at 6:00 PM. I decided the evening was too beautiful
to go home immediately and took a walk through the Belvedere gardens.
I had no camera (yes, those rare moments exist), so I tried to capture
the scene with my mobile phone, as best as I could.
Now I wonder, is there an App for Dummies, or anything that could help me
capture better, less pixelated pictures?

Images and Text © by Merisi
-> Sphinx, at
"Classical Mythology. a monster,
usually represented as having the head and breast of a woman,
the body of a lion, and the wings of an eagle. Seated on a rock outside of Thebes,
she proposed a riddle to travelers, killing them when they answered incorrectly,
as all did before Oedipus. When he answered her riddle correctly the Sphinx killed herself"

Monday, 23 March 2015

A Walk in the Third District
One enchanted Evening

The Arsenal
Museum of Military History

Playground at Schweizergarten
with the 21er Haus in the background

Office Tower
21er Haus Museum

Photographed with my mobile phone
on the evening of 22 March 2015
© by Merisi
-> The Arsenal in Vienna @ Wikipedia:
The Arsenal is a former military complex of buildings in the south-east of Vienna in the third district.
Several brick buildings in a rectangle layout make up the complex which is located on a bank south of the Landstraßer Gürtel. It is the most distinguished building group of the romantic historism in Vienna and has been constructed in Italian-medieval respectively Byzantine-Islamic style. Essentially the complex is still preserved in its original form, merely a few workshop buildings within the courtyard were replaced.
-> Museum of Military History @ Wikipedia:
The Museum of Military History - Military History Institute in Vienna, is the leading museum of the Austrian Armed Forces, which documents the history of Austrian military affairs through a wide range of exhibits comprising, above all, weapons, armours, tanks, aeroplanes, uniforms, flags, paintings, medals and badges of honour, photographs, battleship models, and documents.
-> Schweizergarten (Maria Josefa Park) @
The Maria Josefa Park was built in 1903/1904 near the Southern Railroad Station, between the newly constructed Armoury and the old Belvedere Palace. It covers 11.4 hectares and has been redesigned on several occasions
-> 21er Haus - Museum of Modern Art @ Wikipedia:
The 21er Haus or Einundzwanziger Haus (English: House 21) is a modernist style steel and glass building designed by Austrian architect Karl Schwanzer (1918–1975). Originally constructed as the Austrian pavilion or temporary showroom for the Expo 58 in Brussels,[1][2] it was later transferred to Vienna to house the Museum of the 20th Century, which explains why it was first nicknamed "20er Haus" (House 20). Between 1979 and 2001, the building also acted as a depository for contemporary art works. From 2009 to 2011, it was remodeled by the architect Adolf Krischanitz and consequently renamed 21er Haus to reflect the 21st century.[

Sunday, 22 March 2015

A Saturday in March
Vienna in Spring

Saturday Afternoon

Karmeliter Market
Closing time

Taking a Breather
in the early afternoon sun

After Running Errands
A well-earned chat

Photographed 22 March 2014
in Leopoldstadt
2nd District
Above images and text © by Merisi

"March 1 began the numbered year in Russia until the end of the 15th century. Great Britain and its colonies continued to use March 25 until 1752, when they finally adopted the Gregorian calendar. Many other cultures and religions still celebrate the beginning of the New Year in March."
Quoted from -> "March" at Wikipedia

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Roman Spring
Sometimes I dream in Italian

Claudio's Stall at
Campo de Fiori'

When in Rome in early Spring,
do as the Romans do:
Eat artichokes,
any which way
you can find them prepared

The Artist at Work
Claudio's Stall
Campo de' Fiori

Ada Boni's classic cookbook
- "Il Talismano della Cucina" -
offers almost four dozen recipes with artichokes,
among them "Carciofi fritti alla Giudia",
whole artichokes fried to look like giant flowers.

The outer leaves are fried to a lovely crunchiness,
while the protected inner core is cooked to perfect succulence.
Together, they taste like Manna from Heaven.

Ada Boni's "Carciofi alla Giudia"
recipe reads like a suspense story,
great for entertainment value,
but better not tried at home.

And why should you?
Via Ottaviana is lined with restaurants
specializing in Roman-Jewish cuisine.
They serve this Jewish-style delicacy
fried to perfection,
without you slaving over a hot frying pot.

Besides, in Italy,
the outdoor markets or your greengrocer
offer a wide variety of artichokes,
a special one for each recipe ever invented
- and cleaned and prepared, ready to cook -
so you start already with a distinct disadvantage
when trying to replicate Roman recipes abroad.

Still, there is a classic Roman artichoke dish,
fairly easy to prepare if someone else
has cleaned the artichokes for you:

Carciofi nel Tegame alla Romana
Artichokes ready to be cooked
Roman style, in a saucepan

My Rome
at Rome's Campo de' Fiori
Market and the nearby
Via Ottaviana in March 2009

Images and text © by Merisi