Friday 24 July 2009

Viennese Moments

It seems these hot days
will never end.

The fierce relentless glare
of the midday sun
chases a lonely whisper of a cloud
into a fast retreat.

Horse-drawn carriages
round the curb of St. Michael's Square
as if under a curse
to never stop
no matter what.

Cornu spirals
dancing with each other -
forming complex curlicues
under the eaves above -
cling to the edge of a building,
desperately seeking shade.

time stands still,
waiting for a nanosecond
so you can catch your breath.

Read the weather forecast,
if you are brave:
Temperature still climbing,
beware of tempests in the evening!

A lonely saxophone player,
caught between Sgt. Pepper’s „A splendid time is guaranteed for all“
and Pink Floyd's "The Piper at the Gates of Dawn"?

looking for a cup
of coffee?

A slice
of Anna-Torte, perchance?

That lovely
cherry crumble cake?

he can't decide.
Oh well, so be it.
At least I know what I want:
A cup of Melange, please,
and a cherry strudel!

Photographs and text
© by Merisi
24 July 2009


  1. There's no place like home....especially when home is Vienna!! Welcome home, Merisi!!

  2. I can't help myself. That pic of the cloud over the city! It looks like a giant floating bra to me. I hope that doesn't say anything about my personality.

    Loved the perspective on the statue.

  3. It looks crowded in July, with carriages moving along, carrying tourists and tired residents. Lovely sweets.

  4. Beautiful photos and lovely locations !! THis is simply great..Thanks for sharing..Unseen Rajasthan

  5. Love the Cloud Pic ...
    OK, the coffee and the dessert too ...

  6. Oh my! I long to relax at one of those wonderful Vienna sidewalk cafe's and languish over a cup and be fascinated by ALL I SEE ! :)

  7. For once you have beaten me on that cloud, Merisi. But it could be a fragment of cirro- or alto-cumulus! But very nicely captured anyway :-)

  8. Brilliant pictures, as always!

  9. Is there another slice of

  10. I think I will make a humble version of the cherry cake.
    I think it would work with strawberries and raspberries too.
    Have a warm and delightful weekend.

  11. oh the delights that the city offers...beautiful captures.

    and i would love to join you as always for a cup of tea and a bite of cherry strudel.
    have a lovely weekend.

  12. Thank you all so much for your comments! They make me smile and dream of taking you all to Demel's one fine day!

    I will try to visit all of you over the coming days. Right now I need to get some sleep, an early wake-up call is waiting for me tomorrow morning.

    Good night from Vienna,
    with my best wishes for a wonderful weekend,

  13. Your photographs are so lovely! have you ever thought of organizing a photography exhibition? or maybe submitting some of your works to a photography museum? (Like the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago). Most of them review and accept work every month or two months.

  14. Oh, Merisi!!! What spectacular shots!!! I love the way you angled your camera to create such interesting compositions!!! And that blue, blue sky!!! Wow!!! You are phenomenal, and never cease to amaze me!!! Thanks for stopping by!!! It's so nice to hear from you, my wonderful friend!!! I am indeed enjoying the summer, and hope to return sometime in the fall!!! You can be sure I'll be here right away when I return!!! Love and hugs to you, dear Merisi! ~Janine XO

  15. Mmmm, cherry torte looks like the perfect choice! Your Venezia postcards are so very lovely. Such colors!

  16. Mmmmmm...they all look good--that cherry number's catching my eye, but the strudel is mighty tempting. Beautiful!

  17. I would love to join you for a cherru Strudel...your heat would probably be a mild day fr me aftr our last summer with temps. of 45.5degrees C!

  18. The angle on the first photo is fantastic... brava!

  19. Merisi, you know how many times I told you I would die to come to VIenna but I'm thinking summer is not the right time if I want my swimsuit to fit me fine !!!All the deserts look so Yumieeee

  20. Paris Horse25 July, 2009

    LOVE the repetition of horses head again and again...
    Do I see a horse's tail in those chocolate curls on top of the Demels cake?
    I do!
    And what about a horse's...ahem
    Love your pattern repetitions! ! !

  21. All of my favourite things: a lovely bay horse, an antique clock, coffee in an exquisite location with yummy dessert choices.


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