Graben Street – Vienna

“Vienna wasn’t just a city, it was a tone that either one carries forever in one’s soul or one does not. It was the most beautiful thing in my life. I was poor, but I was not alone, because I had a friend. And Vienna was like another friend. When it rained in the tropics, I always heard the voice of Vienna. And at other times too. Sometimes deep in the virgin forests I smelled the musty smell of the entrance hall in Hietzing. Music and everything I loved was in the stones of Vienna, and in people’s glances and their behavior, the way pure feelings are part of one’s very heart. You know when the feelings stop hurting. Vienna in winter and spring. The allés in Schönbrunn. The blue light in the dormitory at the academy, the great white stairwell with the baroque statue. Morning ridings in the Prater. The mildew in the riding school. I remember all of it exactly, and I wanted to see it again…”
― Sándor Márai, Embers

The street was incredibly crowded as the image shows – i recall standing on a seat to get above people and show the buildings in the background. The statue is called  Pestsäule and was constructed by Emperor Leopold I following the Great Plague of Vienna.

Inspired by WordPress Photography 101 …. Street

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10 thoughts on “Graben Street – Vienna

  1. Somewhere in my holiday photos I too have a photo of this street with lots of people. It’s not as nice as yours though! Had the best piece of apple strudel of my life in Vienna, but that’s a topic for another post! Thanks.

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    1. Thanks Deirdre … Yes so do I, and I’ve waited ages in places for everyone to go home or wandered the streets in the dark like in Prague just to get the Charles Bridge empty. This was just a spontaneous thing at midday – I would never be back so you do it. It’s the Canon 7D with the Canon 24-105L lens at 55mm. The effect is an adjustment of clarity and sharpness in Lightroom and some graduated filtering to soften the image.

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