Thursday 25 June 2009

A Rainy Evening in June

Albertina Square
The Albertina Museum, the building on the right,
narrowly escaped catastrophic damage on Sunday night:
Water entering the storage area threatened
the Albertina's priceless collection
of works by artists such as Michelangelo,
Leonardo da Vinci, Albrecht Dürer and Egon Schiele.

Gracing the entrance to an antiques store
on Dorotheergasse

Ein Pfiff
A "Pfiff" - a bit more than 3 ounces of beer - in the rain,
to wash down Trzesniewski's famous sandwiches.
Stolen image, the patron had temporarily
abandoned his table.

Blue Fiaker
Turning from Graben
into St. Peter's Square

Graben in the Rain
Empty tables
at Meinl's outdoor café.

Coffee Melange
So very civilized and comforting,
sipping your coffee indoors on a rainy evening,
while observing the scene outside.
Oh, said the waitress,
you are taking a picture!
Would you like more foam?
No, thank you, I answered,
I like the coffee just the way it is:
Delicious to a fault

Photographed by Merisi
on the rainy evening
of June 24, 2009


  1. Thinking of the waitress at Meinl's, I once again am reminded how kind Viennese people of all ways of life have been to me since I arrived here. I say Viennese, meaning people who live and work here, because so many are like me: Finding themselves at home in Vienna, even though they came here from all directions of the wind. It is a beautiful feeling being at home amongst such a diverse population, a true melting pot.

  2. Vienna in the rain... I remember an entire Saturday soaked to the skin as I lasciviously ate up the city's joys, regardless of the heavy precipitation. Only by dropping in and out of cafes did I have respite.

  3. I laugh at your rain ... we here in the NY area have had rain 20 out of 25 days ... as Jack Parr used to say 'I kid you not'

  4. Merisi: What beautiful captures from a wonderful city. Thanks for showing us your morning walk.

  5. Even in the rain, you are able to make Vienna look like the loveliest place on Earth!

  6. It rained off and on all afternoon on our first day in Vienna, but we hardly noticed. We dropped into a candy shop, bought some sweets, and a gigantic, peach colored umbrella with the store's name on it, and headed back outside to enjoy the city. Great memories!!

    Stop by my site. I have some "sweet" roses in a photo that I think would make you smile on a rainy day. :D

  7. i like that pfiff size beer...that would be my style. beautiful captures of a truly beautiful city that i am eager to visit.
    have a lovely weekend.

  8. Merisi, thanks for sharing your beautiful city with us! Rain in June could be so wonderful and poetic (and thank god that art masterpieces were unharmed)!!!

  9. Never heard of a Pfiff before.

  10. All wonderful images, Merisi. Very nice Albertina Square, the flowers, and I'd like to finish off those sandwiches with the beer! (Maybe it's better to order some fresh ones!) ;-)
    In Vienna there is a great choice of comfortable coffee bars! They are so inviting!
    Thanks for the photo of your piano: it must be an excellent instrument.

  11. Ha! That beer would be perfect for me!
    Great images!

  12. Not directly related to your post, though it's really lovely! I'm a Canadian student in the UK heading to Vienna to meet my mom, who I haven't seen in a whole year! (Skype doesn't count). Just wanted to say, I'm using your blog as inspiration! Your photos and poems are exquisite. Even after the trip, I'll keep on reading.

  13. In my dreams Vienna is always warm and sunny :-)

  14. Lovely photos, Merisi! Thank you for stopping by my blog today!

  15. Hee hee, did she think that more foam made for a better picture? You have some lovely pictures here - well observed and clear. I love the pink flowers. I shall check out the rest of your blog, thanks for the visit.

    Pink :-)

  16. "sipping coffee indoors on a rainy evening" Vienna! How lovely, sigh...

  17. Yes, I was struck by the generosity of the waitress too.

    Your images are gorgeous but then I remember this of you.

  18. It seems so romantic, Vienna in the rain. Your pictures put me in a nostalgic mood. I love the "stolen" photo. Great opportunity.

  19. The streets drenched in rain look wonderful, and then your famous photos of a table with dessert and a coffee to set off the day. It seems everytime I come here for a visit, I too have a coffee at the computer (no foam for me).

    Hopefully the rain will let up and the sun will come out and dry everything.


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