Friday 2 August 2013

And Summer's Lease hath all too short a Date
Moments to remember by

Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate;
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all too short a date;

Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimm'd;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance or nature's changing course untrimm'd;

But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st;
Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st:

So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.

William Shakespeare, Sonnet XVIII
Images © by Merisi

1 - Pouring cold milk into a double espresso
2 - Summer Sins: Cardamom and Lemon Grass Crème Brûlée
3 - A corner of the square in front of Café Ansari e Mochi restaurant
4 - Caffé Latte at Ansari

Food photographed while sitting on a blue velvet settee, in front of tall wide open windows, at Café Ansari, Praterstrasse, 2nd District (Leopoldstadt)
Link -> Café Ansari


  1. I don't think I fully appreciated Shakespeare's sonnets when we had to study them at school! A nice idea for your summer post. Cinnamon and lemongrass - two delicious flavours.

  2. j'aime bien cette ambiance du dernier cliché

  3. I love that you have quoted the sonnet, it does say so much . . .

  4. Liebe Merisi,
    ich dachte mir ja gleich, das muss irgendwas von Shakespeare sein, denn ich kenn' den Großteil der Vokabel nicht ;o)) Nein, das ist jetzt natürlich übertrieben, aber das "thee" brachte mich schnell auf die Fährte... Die Sache mit der Cardamom and Lemon Grass Crème Brûlée klingt auf jeden Fall ausgesprochen verlockend für mich - ein Hauch von Asien und von Frankreich zu etwas gewiss Köstlichem vereint!
    Vielen Dank auch noch für deine lieben Kommentare, ich hab mich sehr darüber gefreut. Ich wußte gar nicht, dass Rom deine frühere Heimat ist!
    Ganz liebe rostrosige Grüße, Traude

  5. Merisi, I'm going to try to carry these images and words along with me today as I travel via the NYC subway system, hoping to transcend my own specific environment ... those subway stations.

    Thank you. xo

  6. Pouring cold milk into an espresso is right above summer sins. Interesting! :)

  7. Delightful captures and beautiful words for the day! I love the sonnet!! Hope you have a lovely weekend, Merisi! Enjoy!

  8. "But thy eternal summer shall not fade...' might apply to Merisi's Vienna.

  9. Ah portraits and poetry...I loved it

  10. I had vowed to stay away from cafes for awhile to get more taken care of at home, but your photos weaken my resolve.


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