Sunday 5 September 2010

Those Luminous September Days
Viennese Escapes

It seems these luminous days
will never end.

The city,
which was almost empty during August,
now is filling up again.

It is
being replenished.

The restaurants
are all reopening, the shops.

People are coming back
from the country, the sea,

from trips on roads
all jammmed with cars.

Quoted from
James Salter's novel
"A Sport and a Pastime"


my sister,
on the anniversary
of the day
she left
us forever -
to the memory
of hours spent
at Zauner's Esplanade
over coffee and
that delicious
Strawberry Napoleon

31 August 2008
Esplanade-Café Zauner
Café & Pastry Shop
Bad Ischl


  1. With the death of my dear, dear friend still like a fresh, raw wound......thinks for some healing balm here today.

    Blessings to you and your loss.

  2. A beautiful tribute to your sister, Merisi.

  3. Gosh, a few days away from your blog and I return to find a treasure trove of beautiful posts! All beautiful images and thoughtful words as usual, though your 'Still Life with Coffee' photos really blew me away with their simple beauty. Also found it fascinating to see a Viennese Market, having just recently blogged about an English farmers' market myself. Thanks for the lovely time reading your blog as always.

  4. Your photos have always been highly pleasing and intriguing. They are getting even better, something I did not think was possible, they seemed so perfect already. I'm noticing fabulous composition, line, texture, color....I'm not really an artist, but I do have an eye for these things and it's so satisfying coming here, like eating something really really tasty!

  5. This is a beautiful post in memory of your sister. My city becomes much busier in the summer, as it's a summer tourist destination. After this weekend it starts to clear out and the roads, restaurants, and hotels become much emptier.

  6. Beautiful, Merisi; the sentiments and the pictures.

  7. Your blog is pure poetry for the eyes and soul :)

  8. A beautiful post. Such a lovely way to honor your sister's memory. Enjoy your Viennese September, Merisi!

  9. Such a beautiful post to honour your sister's memory. A peaceful weekend to you, Merisi.

  10. Hugs to you, Merisi. Being and having a sister is a strange and wondrous thing, and the loss of that concrete tie to the earth must leave you feeling adrift.

    Sending much love.

  11. Britt-Arnhild05 September, 2010

    Sorry about a typo in my comment, I meant to say thanks, not thinks.....

    Thank you again Merisi.

  12. The end of I wish I was returning to your beautiful city!!!

  13. Merisi, as always, your posts have got my mind engaged.

    I am unfortunate in never having had a sister, yet so fortunate in growing up in a time that un-related females did begin to share thoughts and emotions that once might have been reserved for family.

    Aside from my usual praise of your blends of words and photos, this time around I would like to send good season spirits to you and your sister.


  14. Merisi, you've inspired me so....l have begun my own photo blog on my adopted city

  15. I didn't realize so many folks left the city in the summer. Intersting.

  16. Good morning Merisi, yesterday I watched on TV a programme about different cafés in Vienna... of one them was Sperl,inevitable I had to think about your picts and your comments about last week.
    Have a nice week!

  17. Hope your heart is filling up too ... sweet thoughts

  18. gorgeous as always! love the coffee shot ...I need to go make some now!!
    Have a great week!!

  19. Such lovely, wonderful comments,
    thank you from the bottom of my heart.


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