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Classic Coffee – Posters


Those who follow this blog and/or my tweeting will be well aware of my passion for good coffee in general and Meinl coffee in particular. Another of my interests is the Vienna Secession movement which was a group formed in 1897 by Austrian artists and whose influence can still be seem throughout Vienna today.

Oddly the starting point for my daily train journey to work, on the S-bahn, brings together these two themes. The Hernals station is one of the buildings that formed the Wiener Stadtbahn  which operated from 1898 and was designed by the leading Secession movement architect and urban planner Otto Wagner.

Hernals in within a short walk of the Meinl coffee factory and this is (I assume) why the station is the location for these classic coffee posters:

The Hernals staion:

Returning to the subject of coffee, over on the Meinl website  (amongst other coffee info) is this delicious quote from a French diplomat about the beautiful drink:

Coffee ought to be hot as hell,
Black as the devil,
Pure as an angel,
Sweet as love.

Charles Maurice Talleyrand
(1754-1838 – French Diplomat)

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Amazing building – Kirche am Steinhof


Much to my surprise our Sunday walk over to the Kirche am Steinhof gave us the opportunity to have a look inside this amazing church building and statement of ‘modernism’ architecture designed by Otto_Wagner’s (1841 -1918) – I had expected the building to be closed as usual.

The Kirche am Stienhof is just one of the architectural structures designed by Wagner (including the S-Bahn, with its wonderful stations, which takes me on my morning journey to work) which help shape and dominate various parts of Vienna. Standing inside the church we couldn’t help but discuss how the buildings modernism is so different to the feel of traditional churches and yet creates its own sense of grandeur equal to many of the English cathedral we’ve wandered through:

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