Victoria Textile Design
Corner of Berggasse 21/Porzellangasse
This is one of my favorite fabric shops
here in Vienna.
Their motto, "The Art of Textile",
emanates from every arrangement,
each corner of the store.
The window decorations and the store's interior design
create such a wonderfully charming
and mesmerizing atmosphere,
you desperately want to be a fairy tale princess
and buy it all to finally decorate your palace in style.
Looking through the open door,
the sight of the fabric bolts leaning just beyond the threshold,
the giant vase filled with the most beautiful flower arrangement,
the chandeliers hanging from the stuccoed ceiling,
all make you stop, breath slower,
forget whatever you were supposed to do,
because a soporific spell pulls towards the door
and, as if hynotisized,
you step in.
If only you had known
that Dr. Freud practices next door,
at Bergstrasse 19!
No circus in town
and yet, the elephants are loose
within sight of St. Stephan's cathedral!
A closer look
reveals a reflection:
Somebody almost kneeling,
trying not to keel over
(been there, done that
Teinfaltstrasse runs from Löwelstrasse
to Herrengasse and beyond.
This is the sober,
I approach this street differently:
Leaving the Volksgarten's Rosengarten through the
Burgtheater exit, you turn right,
walk past the prosaic looking gas pump
to your right,
cast a glance at the "Bühneneingang" of the
Burgtheater to your left
(don't be tempted, we will visit
the wonderful world of theater
at another time),
and you will find Teinfaltstrasse
with it's many hidden beauties
to your right.
You cannot find Teinfaltstrasse
in your tourist guide?
this framer's shop is only one
of the many treasures that this street
reveals to those who
walk with open eyes.
Demel on Clouds
J. & L. Lobmeyr
This is a good example
of what I like about window reflections:
Even to the discerning eye,
it may be difficult to distinguish
between reflection and the wares
in the window.
In this particular case,
I had to take a second look
to realize that the image
of the front of the Sacher hotel
was actually painted on the tin can.
Had to be,
the front of the Sacher
is around the corner!
Pfiff & Co
Kärntner Durchgang 10
I am still trying to finish
Ah, time, such precious commodity!
Thank you for your patience.