Tuesday 31 August 2010

Vienna's Café Sperl in August

"Here there is nothing
I have taken from you

so I begin with memory
as old songs do

in this café
against the night

in this villa refrain
where we collect the fragment

no longer near us
to make ourselves whole ... "

Quoted from
"Midnight Dinner at the Vesta Lunch"
The Cinnamon Peeler
Selected Poems by Michael Ondaatje
Published by Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
New York 1991

at Café Sperl
Gumpendorfer Straße 11-13
1060 Vienna
August 2009

© by Merisi

You would like to linger?
No problem, we are in Vienna,
aren't we?
Click on the title
or any of the images
and a charming Viennese waiter will apear
you will be served another
cup of coffee!
Enjoy! :-)

Images and Text
© by Merisi


  1. Thank you for this post & the links. my favorite posts are ones that include a good cup of melange, coffee or hot chocolate.

  2. These quiet dignified cafes are like old songs, indeed.

  3. Perfection in the photographs. I can literally see you angling and moving about in the cafe;

  4. I never visited Sperl during either of my stays in Wien. Now I see that I missed something very special! (Or maybe you just have a way of making everything in Wien look special...)

  5. Thank you for the photos, the poem and the links. I've just spent a happy breakfast time (with coffee, of course) gazing at the images you have captured so creatively.

  6. Charming place!I´ll like to lay on one of those cosy sofas right now! instead of sitting here...Thanks!!!!

  7. You have a unique way of capturing an activity that others woul consider mundane and quotidian. Many thanks. I enjoyed the photos and the links.

    Greetings from London.

  8. I've just spent half an hour going 'behind the scenes' with you and your camera. Absolute heaven...

  9. Jinsky found the word: heaven!!

  10. gorgeous framing for the first photo!

  11. That top one is especially intersting because it looks like you are looking "through" a mirror at a scene with people. Makes you thnk about the "otherside."

  12. I would love to stay and enjoy the coffee and just soak in the magnificient atmosphere.

  13. Oh would I. I was thinking that before I even got to the end of your post. My thought was what a nice afternoon I could have just lounging in that cafe.

  14. Ein wunderbare Serie, wie ein schöner Kurzfilm! Ich liebe Deine unvergleichliche Art Wien zu zeigen!

    lieber Gruß und wenn ich am Freitag, wie jede Woche, in "mein" Café Kiess, in Celle gehe, werde ich an Dich denken!


  15. I've got to learn to take photos of cafés like you!!

    After all I go to enough cafés and I take enough photos I should be able to combone the two!

  16. Oh, what a wonderful place to linger over a cup of coffee. Wish I could join you there.

  17. Oh boy to be able to paint that silver tray!!!
    What a dreamy setup
    The lighting is gorge too...
    Makes me wanna catch the next flight out.
    To hell with PARIS!!
    Just gimme a tray with water glasses!

  18. I lived in Vienna 12 years ago and I miss the city every single day. Your blog keeps the love - and my dreams - alive.

  19. Thank you all for your wonderful comments!
    They brighten my day.


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