Monday 24 December 2012

A Walk in the Woods
Christmastime in Vienna

It had snowed through the night,
Vienna awoke to a winter wonderland

Snow turned to heavy rain
before noon, White Christmas melting away

Nonetheless, an intrepid friend and I
decided to brave the rain,
and have lunch in the woods anyway

We walked through the woods
of the Lainzer Game Reserve,
to Empress Elisabeth's Hermes Villa
and enjoyed our feast

By feast's end, my intrepid friend and I
turned into meek mice, fearful of rain,
but were saved by a restaurant elf -
who gave us a ride, all the way back to our car

23 December 2012
Lainz Game Reserve and
Restaurant at Hermes Villa
Lainzer Tiergarten
13th District
Images and Text © Merisi


  1. Thank goodness for kind Christmas elves!
    Vienna through your eyes is magical no matter the weather. Thank you for another year of beauty and fun, and may Christmas be happy and bright for you and all your family!
    Hugs and warmest wishes, Karen xxx

  2. It looks delightful, although it must have been a very cold walk!

  3. A perfect White Christmas Walk in the Woods. Happy Christmas to you Merisi.

  4. It looks like a winter wonderland. Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and the happiest of new years.

  5. Thank you for braving the rain to share such lovely pictures. Merry Christmas, dear Merisi!

  6. A wonderland indeed!
    Wishing you and your family a joyous and blessed Christmas and a wonderful
    new year!

  7. What a lovely photos of Christmastime in Vienna, Merisi!

    Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas and a Wonderful New Year filled with much happiness, good health and peace!
    With a warm embrace,

  8. Despite my best efforts to conjure snow here, we are unlikely to get any.

  9. A restaurant elf - I'd like to meet one of those!

    The photos are charming; I love the first one especially.

    I am remembering a fascinating biography I read about the Empress Elisabeth . . .

  10. Merisi, on this Christmas Eve afternoon, I have so enjoyed seeing your recent posts in starry Vienna, and also the snowy woods. How wonderful to be able to have the walk through those woods to a beautiful, warming destination, and then to have the elf provide a dry rescuing return.

    Christmas Magic in the air!

    Best wishes, dear Merisi, and many thanks for all your poetic, visual gifts to us throughout the year.


  11. Lovely. I always like the thick silence falling snow brings.

  12. What great pictures, and such an idyllic time with your intrepid friend.
    Wishing you a wondrously good Christmas season, Merisi.
    And it looks like you have enough snow there to make it nice and extra-Christmassy!

  13. Beautiful pics! Have a great Christmas, Merisi!

  14. Perfectly Lovely! Have a wonderful Christmas, Merisi! xx

  15. The only hope I'd have of getting a coffee in our woods would be if I took a thermos full of it along with me. How lucky you are to know a friendly elf with a drivers license and car!

    Wishing you a merry Christmas and a New Year full of good cheer!


  16. Just perfect in every way...lovely, delighful, beautiful~


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