Sunday 16 December 2012

Christmastime in Vienna
A magical Time of the Year?

Fourth Wall Illusion
A common sight in downtown Vienna:
Characters leaving the fictional realm of guide books
and then desperately trying to figure out
how to get back in

Sometimes it's best not to think
too much about how it all works

otherwise you may get stuck
in reality

much to the amusement
of those who know their boundaries

Illusion or not,
the first encounter happened within sight
of Tiffany's at Kohlmarkt - and we all know
how they don't serve breakfast -
from there the scene moved to Chanel's Boutique,
while frozen in time happened in front of Diesel's
where moments before - or after? - Adrien Brody
did not play the piano.
And the really clever characters?
Somewhere on Kärntner Strasse,
spray-painting fake snowflakes
in their own reality.
Any questions?

Photographed in the afternoon
of 13 December 2012
unless it all happened
only in my imagination
Images and Text © by Merisi


  1. Too funny to think of tourists trapped in their guide books, there is so much to see and appreciate. Thank you for sharing your lovely photos and thanks for your kind comments on my post.

  2. A case of missing the forest for the trees or missing the splendour of Vienna (including a lovely Chanel window) for the trees in a cellulose form, i.e. guide books.

  3. Love the idea of tourists trapped in their guide books. Great photos today.

  4. An amusing concept for we who are trapped (gladly) in our blogs. Lovely shots as always, Merisi.

  5. Nice pictures and very interesting words...

  6. A very good example of why I don't like to travel anywhere over the holidays except to see my kids -- well, they're not kids any more, but I still think of them that way particularly over the holidays!! Love your captures as always, Merisi! Have a great week and a very Merry Christmas!!

  7. That is so funny and true about wanting to get back into the guide books when lost in a foreign place! I've felt that way, then realized that I was actually "found" by being freed from rote guides and schedules!

    You put it so perfectly!

  8. Funny and entertaining! I love your stories, a picture really speaks a thousand words! Frohe Wiehnachten Merisi und liebe Wien!!


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