Thursday, 7 March 2019

Heralding Spring
Playing All the Right Notes

In Anticipation of Spring
The birds are singing, the air is balmy,
the wind's pushing the clouds off an ever bluer sky

Image and Text © by Merisi

Tuesday, 5 March 2019

May I tempt you?
Faschingskrapfen at Patisserie Demel

Viennese Carnival Donuts
K. u. K Hofzuckerbäcker
Royal and Imperial Pâtisserie Demel

Photographed 11 February 2012
Image © by Merisi

Monday, 4 March 2019

Gnomes love Puppenkrapfen
Would you like some too?

Homemade Puppenkrapfen
For all of you,
near and far!

don't eat the gnome!

Image © Merisi
First published 1 February 2008

Sunday, 3 March 2019

In the Gloaming
Egon Schiele Lived Upstairs

Egon Schiele Lived Upstairs
Details of the façade of the building
where the artist Egon Schiele lived
Hietzinger Hauptstraße
13th District (Hietzing)

Image and Text © by Merisi

Saturday, 2 March 2019

Saturday Morning Farmers Market at Yppenplatz
Buying Daffodils for a Favourite Niece

Buying Daffodils for a Favourite Niece
Saturday Morning Farmers Market
Yppen Square, 16th District (Ottokring)
Image and Text © by Merisi

Friday, 1 March 2019

Otto Wagner Court Pavilion
1899 Art Nouveau City Railway Station

Court Pavilion Hietzing
Built by Art Nouveau architect Otto Wagner in 1899
for Emperor Franz Joseph and his family
U4 Metro Station, 13th District (Hietzing)
Photographed the morning of 1 March 2019
Image © Merisi Vienna

After a rather lengthy absence from blogging,
I am trying to get back to posting daily, starting today.
A big incentive was the March theme day - "Green" - over at CITY DAILY PHOTO.
Thank you, CDP, for graciously keeping me on their blog roll.
I encourage you to follow the link below, to "Green" images from all over the globe:
-> CDP March Theme Day

Saturday, 2 February 2019

Groundhog Day
The Viennese Way

Once upon a time,
I had my own personal groundhog.

We passed each other frequently
at the intersection of Democracy Boulevard
and Seven Locks Road,
Zip code 20854

He would sit by the road, on the Cabin John Creek side,
and give me a regal wave with his right paw.
I wonder if anybody has seen him lately.
Today, perchance, on Groundhog Day?

There is no Groundhog Day in Vienna.
Austrian groundhogs prefer to live the high life,
- high as in high in the Alps -
and not a single one of them would be silly enough
to dig himself up through something like ten feet of snow
to check his shadow on the second day of February.
They rather brew themselves another pot of coffee or tea,
and wait for April showers to wash away the whole white mess.

There being no Groundhogs in Vienna,
therefore no Groundhog Day,
I had to invent my own little weather forecast game:
How about counting cakes instead,
I said to myself when I spotted a little merry-go-round,
ferrying cakes, round and round and round:
If the number of cakes passing is an even one,
winter will soon end!

If on the other hand,
the number is an uneven one
I shall go in and eat that culprit,
to make sure that winter will not continue
for six more weeks!
I was ecstatic about my ingenuity:
I felt like Don Quixote,
ready to saddle Rosinante attack
windmills with my Dulcinea sword cake fork.

A rather dizzying task,
as it turned out:
Those pesky cakes sped by so fast,
I had hardly time to push the shutter release button,
let alone count!
I must confess,
I failed. I failed the quest!

I forgot to count,
absorbed as I was to get ahold of a picture
of each of the cakes to document their number.

The cakes
passed by,

and passed

and again!
I was so exhausted from not-counting,
I could not even recall anymore
whether an even number meant
seven more weeks of winter
or instant spring!

I do miss the good old days
with my Very Own Groundhog:
A look and a light wave of my hand
was all it took back then.

Photographed at:
Aida Café Bognergasse, the snowballs;
and all those cakes, at
Café Weinwurm, Stephansplatz 11,
in the shadow of St. Stephen's Cathedral!

Images and Text © by Merisi
First published on Groundhog Day 2009