Monday 16 February 2009

Sunday Walk

The Night Kitchen

I had left the Rose Garden at the Burgtheater exit,
leaving the clouds and snowflakes behind,
walking once again under blue skies
by the time I reached Freyung Square!

Martha Srna Modlitby's Antiques
Corner of Tuchlauben and Graben

Corner of Tuchlauben and Graben

Walking along Graben,
I looked up to a deep blue sky
beyond the verdigris cupolas
of St. Peter's church.
Only 21 minutes had passed
since I photographed the roofs of the Hofburg
from the Rose Garden,
gone were clouds and snowflakes!

This brass butterfly opens
the door to an establishment
on Graben Street, only steps from
the Altmann and Kühne Confiserie.

Altmann and Kühne Confiserie
Graben 30

A jewel of a store,
designed by Josef Hoffmann and opened in 1928.
The interior is filled with vetrines
of sweet confectionary and chocolates,
all handmade and in doll sizes,
ready to fill the drawers of the most beautiful boxes,
six dozens and counting, in all sizes and shapes.

Miniature Chest of Drawers
Altmann und Kühne "Alt-Wien" pattern.

a miniature chest of drawers,
still decorated by hand with paper printed with patterns
designed by artists of the Wiener Werkstätte,
and then filled with the tiniest handmade chocolate morsels!

- To be continued -

Each of the images
will reveal more of Vienna
if you click on them.



  1. I had left the Rose Garden and turned right at the Burgtheater exit.
    My mind was still full of that RED chest of drawers full of chocolates...
    By the time I reached Freyung Square I knew I had to DO SOMETHING about it!
    I had to go back and get it.
    No delaying this time!
    The clock was ticking.
    At the corner of Tuchlauben and Graben I made a left and ran through the door.
    "Where is it?" I yelled.
    Hand it over!
    Act natural.."
    She gave me the box meekly and then stepped back to hit the alarm, but I caught her before she had the chance.
    "On The floor!" I shouted
    Then I ran through the door to Naglergasse with my prize under my arm.
    They would never catch me.
    Never in a million years.
    It was mine.
    All mine.

  2. Sounds like a lovely walk! Those storefronts are so charming! :)

  3. Looks like you had a wonderful walk. You are so lucky to be living so close to so many beautiful things

  4. That chest is cute. It's worth the money because you can use it for something else.

  5. .
    Carol, you crack me up! :-)

    oh yes, I take every opportunity to enjoy these walks. ;-)

    I do appreciate that my new hometown is such a lovely and vibrant place. :-)

    very tempting, aren't they?

  6. Sigh, and sigh again - I really must visit Vienna again and take the opportunity to show D the old heimatsland.

  7. I know where it is! Can't wait next post:)

  8. Isn't that figure 'caryatid' beautiful. Reminds me of the figurines around the Paris Opera House - the Guarnier one. Maybe it was the same sculptor?

  9. I adore the decorated boxes for the chocolate morsels!

  10. The idea of the links.... that is just awesome.
    I feel I have walked Vienna..... sort of.
    I have traversed the Wien River.

  11. .
    Absolute Vanilla (and Atyllah),
    most definitely, dear A.V.,
    and soon! ;-)

    oh, I love those moments when I recognize places in a city, in a movie or - as in this case - on a blog!

    French Fancy,
    this figure is one of a pair,
    gracing each a corner of the building, from Nagler and Bognergasse. They are the most graceful in town, in my opinion. I have yet to find out about the creator of these beautiful sculptures. I will!

    High Desert Diva,
    they are so timeless, aren't they?

    thank you, Cip,
    makes me happy that you enjoy following the links and wandering along vicariously through this lovely city! I try to put the links in some context with the post from which they I lead you astray, to get a more complex picture of it all.

  12. Wonderful photos with exquisite architecture, and those boxes with tiny chocolate morsels...I can only imagine. Love European dark chocolate!


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