Sunday, 30 September 2007

Capturing the Last Rays of the Sun


Black Susan
With the shadows growing longer,
this little flower hangs
on to the last moments
of sun on her petals.

Private garden
Saturday
September 29, 2007
5.45 pm


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Meanwhile,
in a faraway land,
the girl who kissed the frog
is celebrating the
The First Official
Day of Autumn


To visit,
click here!




Saturday, 29 September 2007

Indian Summer


Egon Schiele lived next door
This is the image that greeted me,
as soon as I turned the corner
to walk to the streetcar stop
at lunchtime.
The morning had started out rainy
and dark, as if we already were in deepest November.

The Haas House
Standing diagonally across from St. Stephan's Cathedral,
its modern glass front mirrors the ancient cathedral
in a myriad different ways.
The underground station "Stephansplatz"
is located under the building.
Emerging from that station,
you exit right in front of St. Stephan's main gate,
a truly impressive sight.
Vienna seems to have a fable for stunning views
from their underground stations:
One of the Karlsplatz exits, for example,
carries you, from the deep bowels of the station,
right up to the beautiful opera building.

Sexton's Lodge at St. Stephan's Cathedral
I love that little lodge house,
next to the southeastern entrance to the cathedral.
Access to the stairs that leed up to the steeple,
is through the small door to the left.
Yesterday, the sun was illuminating the red geraniums,
it looked as if they glowing from the inside.

Looking Up
The tiled roof got heavily damaged
during the last days of World War II.
Can you believe that it took
almost a quarter of a million glazed tiles
to cover the roof?





Courtyard of the Haas & Haas Teahouse
Stephansplatz 4
Did you notice
the blue flower vases?

Coffee for Three at Demel's
At the coffee bar:
Espresso macchiato, a Melange
and a Hauskaffee
All's well,
that ends well. :-)

Square next to the
Opera House

And back home with the underground!

Friday, 28 September 2007

Some Pink Some Red


Actors Studio Vienna
Tuchlauben 13

Some Pink Some Red
Lots of Grey

Pink Ribbons
St. Ruprecht's (1161)
Vienna's Oldest Church

Pink Triumphing Over Grey
Martha Srna-Modlitby
Naglergasse 1

Your Curtain Next
Victor Steinwender
Tuchlauben 20

Water Lily
Ever Pritty in Pink
Blumenhaus zum Dom

Late Summer Bouquet
Cosmos to China Asters to Roses
Blumenhaus zum Dom
Stephansplatz 4

Roses are RedPink
Red and White, too!

A Rose is a Rose
White to Pink to Red

Links:

St. Ruprecht's Church
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Victor Steinwender
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Images of Naglergasse
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Big D on Pink
CAFE DIGLAS
Wollzeile 10

Images of Cafe' Diglas

Pink Sneak Preview


Pink Comfort at Demel's
You see no pink?
Left hand corner! :-)

More pink in the wings! :-)
(Dearly needed this morning here:
Pitch black and pouring
at 6.30 in the morning
.)

See you later. :-)
You all have a great day!


Thursday, 27 September 2007

Rainy Thursday Blues


<Blue
Early bird
catches the rain.
Make that pouring rain!
Kärntner Strasse

Graben Blues
I can still hear you saying
You would never break the chain.

Walking by Demel's Blues
Listen to the wind blow
Down comes the night rain.

One Blue Gladiola
Die Wienerin
Wallnergasse

Raindrops
Keep falling on the vault

Blue
Anything blue!

Blue
Graben

Blue
I get misty

Blue?
And how was your day?



Tuesday, 25 September 2007

Gold and White Augarten Porcelain


Entrance Hall
Augarten Porcelain Manufactory
Augarten Palace
Obere Augartenstrasse 1
Second District

"Melon"
Art Déco Mocha Service

White/Gold

Josef Hoffmann,
founder of the legendary
Wiener Werkstätte”,
designed this world renowned mocha service in 1929. *


Hoffmann was one of the greatest designers
of the 20th century and,
along with Gustav Klimt, Adolf Loos and Otto Wagner,
he was a member of the
Wiener Sezession.

The melons service is available in pink, light blue, red, yellow, turquoise, orange, black, violet, green and black-gold.
Due to the large number of rounded features, it continues to place very high demands on the porcelain painters at Augarten when using the airbrush
." *

"Melon"
Mocha cup in black and gold


*) Source:
Augarten Wien
More information about the history
of Augarten porcelain
and their products,
at their website:
click here!.


For more images of Augarten porcelain
at Merisi's, click here, please.



Morning in the City



Morning
"Epicures - date a Breakfast — by it"
*
(Emily Dickinson)

Café under the arcades
of the State Opera

The Sacher
Philharmonikergasse
(behind the Opera)

Café Mozart
Albertina Square
(around the corner from Sacher's)

Café Tirolerhof
Albertina-Platz
(a minute's walk from Mozart's)

Café Le Bol
Neuer Markt
(a minute from Tirolerhof's)

In Vienna you could easily
walk by a hundred coffeehouses
in an hour's time,
maybe even more. :-)


* from Emily Dickinson's poem
"Morning"—means "Milking"—to the Farmer

*
They above images have been
originally posted
in September 2006.
*blush*

Blushing Peonies
Photographed one Sunday
in May
at "Zum Schwarzen Kameel"
Bognergasse

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Monday, 24 September 2007

Sometimes She Bakes: Apple Pear Plum


Plum and Pear Crostata

Free-form apple pie

Note:
Images in diet mode!

For a larger slice of the tarts,
click on the image
and you will be presented
with a larger serving.
At your own risk! :-)

Un caffè macchiato, anyone?
(Brought to you by Demel's,
along with the hand-whipped cream -
which wasn't mine,
I'd like to point out
!)

One more slice, you say?
*

"Each Peach Pear Plum.
I spy Tom Thumb!
"
In this book
With your little eye
Take a look
And play "I spy"


A book for all ages
(and low in calories!):
"Each Peach Pear Plum"
By Allan Ahlberg
(author) and
Janet Ahlberg
(illustrator)
Viking Kestrel Picture Books

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