Wednesday 14 July 2010

Life in the Slow Lane

Window with Rhododendron
Galerie Kandinsky

What are you looking for?
Kristian's Monasteri Restaurant
is tempting you!

This being an equal opportunity blog,
here the same scene again!

When you are done looking,
I would suggest to stop
for breakfast at Café Kandinsky.

Be forewarned:
Tables like this one are not uncommon,
here you run into a serious risk
of whiling away your whole morning!

Something like 101 different varieties
of Staud's heavenly-tasting Konfitüren jams
lie in wait for you - the sweet beginnings of more such
slow food for a leisurely breakfast.

I have yet to find out
why in the world anybody would think
that "Slow Food" was invented in Italy!

Italy of all places is where they
have "bars" where they scan your coffee-IQ
- that secret code trasmitted
instantly to the automatic coffee maker
when your shadow slinks through the door frame,
before you are greated with
"Bon giorno, Sua Eccellenza!" -
all meant to expedite your stay at the counter
down to mere seconds!

"Slow Food"
was not "invented" in Vienna either,
there simply was no need to,
Viennese meals
are by definition
a celebration of slowness

in the best sense of the word:
taking more time than is usual or necessary,
not moving too quickly,
but proceeding at a low leisurely speed pace!
(That old saying about
"words not hurting"
does not always apply,
especially not in Vienna,
where "fast" and "speed" should be used
with the utmost care only -
they are best left to traffic reporters
and disk jockeys

Photographed by Merisi
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Lerchenfelder Strasse to
Neubaugasse Durchhaus *)
7th District

*) Durchhaus: Austrian for a passage way
through one or more buildings
The Lerchenfelder Durchhaus
cuts through a whole city block.

View of the Durchhaus
from the entrance
at Lerchenfelder Strasse
Don't forget your bike!


and first published
May 2009
Images and Text
© by Merisi


  1. Was I word back then when I published this post for the first time! ;-) Alas, there's no time to edit (good excuse!), so I hope you enjoy this little excursion with me once again.

    I am packing a few things and hope to be off to Weyregg am Attersee (a small place by a beautiful lake in the Salzkammergut, a two hours drive from Vienna) before noon, to meet friends from the time when my home was Washington.

    A wonderful day to all of you,

  2. Anonymous14 July, 2010

    Darling Merisi. I am wishing I could somehow put your name forward for an award-For total dedication to the task of showing the World the beauty, sophistication,architecture and delicious food of Vienna.

  3. What a delicious post... the photos, the slow food, the lovely prose.

  4. Szuper foto, és szuper Város :-)

  5. I could gladly while away the hours in such lovely surroundings.

  6. Great and yummy slow food post :-)
    I had my monthly breakfast with my best friend yesterday, at a hotel here in Trondheim which serves the best hotel breakfast in Norway. yes, it is true. We ate for two hours......
    When you come to Trondheim some day I'll take you there :-)

  7. Certainly tempted me . what a great way to spend breakfast time, and hopefully with friends too :-)

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  9. You are getting better and better M

  10. I completely agree with moannie! You need to publish these in a book!

  11. Love this the place! So happy and summer!

  12. Love to sit at the patio of a restaurant (not in the city though!).
    Have to say, even after more than 2 decades I like the restaurants in Europe better, because it is more of an outing - even when they're not rushing you:)

  13. Hi M,
    found your Wien blog again, still as wonderful as it was in 2008.
    Enjoy your trip to Attersee.G. Klimt painted and stayed at the Floge house. Still standing. Maybe you can visit it.
    Hope to be in Wien then and would love to finally met you.
    In what District is the Kandisky cafe? I would love to meet you there.
    Best regards,
    Susan von

  14. Anonymous15 July, 2010

    Time surely never tasted better.

    daily athens

  15. wish i lived life in the slow lane!

  16. Thanks for taking us again. I missed the first excursion!
    Have a wonderful holiday Merisi!


  17. Hi there..

    I'm stopping by via Anne's blog.. Very nice! I LOVEEEEEE VIenna... I'll definitely be back to check out your blog again!

  18. I think I could wile away the hours with no problem at all.
    A meal at the table with good friends and family would be heavenly.
    Enjoy your holiday Merisi.

  19. This looks like such a lovely place.

  20. Thanks to PHILIPPE - who lives in the neighbourhood -
    I was able to put the Durchgang in the right district, the 7th, Neubau.

    Thank you, Philippe! :-)

  21. OMG! I've lived for two weeks in that building!!! It's absolutely amazing!!!


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