This monument is dedicated to the memory
of the younger brother of Emperor Francis II,
Archduke Charles of Austria,
the heroe of the battle of Aspern.
"In the Battle of Aspern-Essling (21 May – 22 May 1809),
Napoleon attempted a forced crossing of the Danube near Vienna,
but the French and their allies were driven back by the Austrians
under Archduke Charles. The battle was the first time
Napoleon had been personally defeated in over a decade."
From the top of the stairs
leading up to the museum in the Albertina Palais,
a view of the roof of the Vienna State Opera.
Taking a rest on the bottom steps
of the Albertina staircase,
next to a billboard
announcing an exhibition of
"Masterworks of Modern Art"
Evening meal at the Imperial Stables
Spanish Riding School
" ... since you shouldn't tarry,
And in this town there's no apothecary,
I will myself go find some herbs for you
That will be good for health and pecker too."
Pertelote to Chauntecleer in
"The Nun's Priest's Tale" of
Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales"
Photographed by Merisi
on the evening
of June 25, 2009
If you'd like to linger,
click on the images
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