Saturday 23 June 2012

Summer in the City
Siesta Time in the Stadtpark

"Ja, dürfen's denn des?"
Are they allowed to do that? *
Defaced finial of a bridge
leading over the Wien river

Power Nap
Not even the Emperor
would begrudge his subjects
the right to a brief respite
in the middle of a hot day

Fighting Postprandial Dip
Anything that get's you through
the rest of the day!

Red Umbrellas
If you want to get noticed,
sit by the pond and make sure
that your reflection is as vibrant as possible

A Walk in the Shade
For some,
the perfect antidote
to after-lunch-fatigue

Soldiering on
Tourists under parasols
walk by an assembly of sun umbrellas

A Mallard Duck in the Pond
wins the quest for the best spot
to avoid heat exhaustion

*) "Ja, dürfen's denn des?"
A phrase attributed to Emperor Ferdinand I of Austria (1793 - 1875):
"As the revolutionaries of 1848 were marching on the palace, he is supposed to have asked Metternich for an explanation. When Metternich answered that they were making a revolution, Ferdinand is supposed to have said “But are they allowed to do that?” (Viennese German: Ja, dürfen's denn des?)"
Source: Emperor Ferdinand I of Austria (1793 - 1875)

Images and Text © by Merisi


  1. Sie tu'n aber doch, ob's dürf'n oder nicht. Es sieht so schön warm aus bei euch.

  2. *smile*

    I admit that I am very happy about the rainy day we are enjoying today, putting an end to days on end in the mid-thirties.

  3. "Postprandial" - I've learned a new word, or rather two words since there is also "preprandial". Thank you!
    Love, as always, the little moments of life captured in your photos.

  4. At least the painted face was a happy one! *smiles*

  5. Pleasant park to rest!

    1. It is, indeed, a true oasis in the center of the city.

  6. I wouldn't mind a nap on a nice shady bench.

  7. What a serene spot to enjoy for the afternoon. I loved these photos. have a great day. Blessings...Mary

    1. Thank you, Mary, same to you! :-)

  8. How lovely, Merisi.! Yes, I'm a huge fan of Paris Breakfasts as well. Thanks for visiting my blog. Rita at Sketchbook Wandering.

    1. You are welcome,
      nice to see you here! :-)

  9. Anonymous25 June, 2012

    This post makes me think about the "jardins du Luxembourg" and the "palais du Luxembourg" in Paris where I spent a nice afternoon last week...
    The big trees, the long alleys in the shade, the benches, the building, the sculptures, ...
    Add a hundred chairs, a few tennis courts in one corner and a few "boule" grounds in another... and you'll be there too ...!


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