Two Weeks at Lake Constance Part 2

February 1, 2018 at 08:45

Second part of pictures from my trip down to the lake in Summer 2017

This house was build in 1204 - painted with a scene from the old Fish Market
This house was build in 1204 – painted with a scene from the old Fish Market

Dark clouds over Reichenau
Dark clouds over Reichenau

House at Seestrasse in Konstanz
House at Seestrasse in Konstanz

Hotel at Seestrasse in Konstanz
Hotel at Seestrasse in Konstanz

House at Seestrasse in Konstanz
Another house at Seestrasse in Konstanz

Lonely
Lonely

Nice view
Nice view

On the way to the hairdresser
On the way to the hairdresser

Konstanz Minster or Konstanz Cathedral

In German: Das Konstanzer Münster Unserer Lieben Frau
The first mention of a church dedicated to the Virgin Mary was in 615. The church was upgraded over the years to a cathedral. It collapsed in 1052 and a new one built on the same ground. The next 300 years a tower was constructed, then another. A fire destroyed a tower and parts of the church as well as 96 houses. They rebuild the tower and made the church bigger. In 1955 Pope Pius XII raised the Cathedral to a papal Basilica Minor.

Konstanz Minster

Konstanz Minster

Konstanz Minster

Münster unserer lieben Frau

Entrance door at the Münster unserer lieben Frau
Entrance door

Is that the Pope??
Is that the Pope??

Graves inside the church
Graves inside the church

Münster unserer lieben Frau

Window
Window

Münster unserer lieben Frau

More windows
More windows

Side altar
Side altar

Another grave
Another grave

Painting

Münster unserer lieben Frau

When mother is sick and nobody knows how to work the microwave
When mother is sick and nobody knows how to work the microwave

Family Crests
Family Crests

More Family Crests

Not sure what happens but it looks like they try to save the last souls before the Red Army arrives
Not sure what happens but it looks like they try to save the last souls before the Red Army arrives

Nice one

Organ

Another grave
Another grave

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Two Weeks at Lake Constance Part 1

January 30, 2018 at 07:05

My original travel arrangements did not work out so I asked Anja if she could give me shelter for the first two weeks of August. She has her place inside the old part of Konstanz “at the lake” as we like to call Lake Constance. Got a confirmation a few minutes later and booked my Flixbus ticket. Monday morning I took the bike to the airport to catch the bus.

Took the bike with me this time
Took the bike with me this time – proofed to be a pain in the ass on the way back.

Lake Constance or Bodensee as the Germans call it is the biggest lake in Germany and central Europe’s third largest, after Lake Balaton and Lake Geneva. It is at the northern foot of the Alps. Germany, Switzerland and Austria split the lake between them. At some parts, it even forms the border between them.

Art in the day
Art in the day

Art in the night
Art in the night

That house is demolished already but for a few months, they made it into a piece of art. You can calculate your life here – add and subtract and see the result in the sky.

Dingelsdorf boat landing
Dingelsdorf boat landing. Anja goes every morning for coffee to the same place. Some of her friends have a coffee there too. We did meet one this morning that took me on a trip along the lake. She is in real estate and had to visit a customer in Dingelsdorf.

Dingelsdorf
I like that little village. It is quiet here and the water is super clean. But the water is super clean in general at the lake. In fact, Stuttgart gets most of its drinking water from the lake. It gets pumped 200 km over the Alb all the way to the city.

Fireworks at the Swiss National Day
Fireworks at the Swiss National Day. We went to Gottlieben to see it. Opposite at the German side is a big bird sanctuary. Guess they where not to happy.

After the storm - German side
After the storm – German side

After the storm - Swiss side
After the storm – Swiss side

There you go! They made a point to clean as much as possible in one day. In Germany they still had breakfast.

Sad to see those old trees down
Sad to see those old trees down

Kreuzlingen Harbour
Kreuzlingen Harbour

Talking cow
Talking cow – she had a heavy Swiss accent so it was kind of hard to understand. She complained about the flies. Poor cow!

Konstanz harbour
Konstanz harbour

St. Stephan
St. Stephan

Red House
Red House

Boring afternoon
Boring afternoon

The Trinity church or Dreifaltigkeitskirche

The church was built by Augustiner-Eremiten or Augustinian Hermits. Some parts of the church date back to 1279.

Dreifaltigkeit Church
The Trinity church

Dreifaltigkeit church

Dreifaltigkeit church

Dreifaltigkeit church

Dreifaltigkeit church

Dreifaltigkeit church
Holy Augustinus goes to heaven from Franz Joseph Spiegler

Dreifaltigkeit church

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4 Days in the US – Day 1 From Chicago to Fitchburg⁩

November 29, 2017 at 18:21

Another Long Man mission. Fly to Chicago and deliver some parts – have a few free days to explore – fly back. I like those kind of missions. Got a car for 4 days and booked a few nice hotels. Spring was late this year so it was not as green as I hoped for but it was a free trip so why complain?? First stop ‎⁨Fitchburg⁩, ⁨Wisconsin⁩ via Frankfurt and Chicago.

Stuttgart Airport
Stuttgart Airport – even a decent time of the day. Usually when I do this kind of trips I am on the first plane out of Frankfurt to Chicago which leaves at 07:25. That means get up at 03:00 – drive to Heilbronn – pick up the goods and race to Frankfurt Airport to get the flight.

Stuttgart Airport

Nobody looks really happy today
Nobody looks really happy today

Not a lot of leg room
Not a lot of leg room

Lufthansa A320-200

Loook! An Air Berlin plane!
Loook! An Air Berlin plane!

Off we go - the Albtrauf in the back
Off we go – the Albtrauf in the back

It is blue over the clouds
It is blue over the clouds. I really love it on a rainy day. You have a gray day and go in a plane – it takes off and gets over the clouds – voilà! Sunshine!!!

Look - LEGROOM!!
Look – LEGROOM!!

But it is only the shuttle bus in Frankfurt
But it is only the shuttle bus in Frankfurt

The plane is somewhere - we do a sight-seeing tour of FRA
Usually I do not like it when they ferry you with the bus to the plane. But this time it was different. The plane is somewhere out there – we do a sight-seeing tour of FRA 🙂

Quite interesting
Quite interesting to see the planes from this site

The back turbine
The back turbine

A United plane
A United plane

Finally in my United plane - a bit better than Lufthans on the way to Frankfurt
Finally in my United plane – a bit better than Lufthans on the way to Frankfurt

I want to be able to do that!
I want to be able to do that! Board a plane and fall asleep – how nice would it be. No waiting for the food, no looking for the next movie – only a cruise in dreamland.

Stupid Premium Economy - the exit row in front of me was empty but of course you have to pay for it. And so was most of the Premium Economy part of the plane as well.
Stupid Premium Economy – the exit row in front of me was empty but of course you have to pay for it. And so was most of the Premium Economy part of the plane as well.

Vegetarian lunch
Vegetarian lunch

The wine was not really drinkable - the beer was!
The wine was not really drinkable – the beer was! I had two young Germans in my row. They where on the way to Vegas. And they had a few 1000 to blow. But no clue about beer. Lucky for me they wanted German beer – Warsteiner – one of our TV Beers – so more birds for me 🙂
The flight attendant was German and did look at me like I had a funny hat on – why would you drink American beer? Well she accepted my explanation with the TV beer and handed me a Goose. I told her later that this is a really good beer – much better than Warsteienr if you ask me. Turns out she does not drink beer in the first place.

But they only had a few of the birds so I had one of them as well
But they only had a few of the birds so I had one of them as well

Watched a few movies
Watched a few movies

Snack before touchdown in Chicago
Snack before touchdown in Chicago

Closer to Chicago
Close to Chicago

Close to Chicago
Closer to Chicago

Chicago

Immigration at O’Hare International Airport – the longest I had to stand in line was OVER 3 hours!! That was with the morning flight when a lot of planes come in. Now they have a different system with a lot of machines. Scan the passport, do this do that – do not smile for the picture and whatever. Since I brought some sample I marked the custom form for the goods. After that is was waiting waiting and waiting but not 3 hours more like 45 minutes. Finally it was my turn and I had to explain two times what I bring and after that I had my stamp and was off to customs. They X-Ray the bag and Adios! Good! Germany booked a car for me – at Hertz. So you go out and wait for the shuttle bus to bring you to the rental office.

  • Enterprise 11 times
  • Avis 10 times
  • Thrifty 10 times
  • Alamo 10 times
  • National 9 times
  • Budget 8 times
  • Dollar 8 times
  • Hertz 0 times

WTF??? Somehow I should bring stuff to Fitchburg⁩ in ⁨Wisconsin and not look at the shuttle buses from other rental companies! I see one upstairs – hmm since I waited now more than 30 minutes why not try upstairs at departure? – upstairs I go. Same same – but different! Now more National and Alamo and less Avis buses. I see one coming at arrival again. Running down like a rabbit runs from the fox I got in – let’s go and get the car!
Only 4 more customers in the bus – looks like I do not have to wait today. Ha Ha Hertz had a dirty trick up their sleeve! I dunno how they did it but there where about 25 customers in front of me. Hmmm they might send only one shuttle every 40 minutes or so – this way the line will not be all the way out of their office. Another hour and some minutes pass and finally I get the keys.
The nice thing with renting in the US is that you can choose your car at the parking lot. You rent a class and go and see what parks there. If you have time you even wait a bit if something better comes in. Lets see – I need a nice color and something I fit into. USB etc they all have so no need to check that. In the end I opted for a KIA with 349 miles on the clock. Who does not like the smell of a new car?

Finally in the rental car
Finally in the rental car

My ride for the next few day - a KIA whatever. Lots of plastic but it drives well
My ride for the next few day – a KIA whatever. Lots of plastic but it drives well. I was a bit confused about the toll system here. The last times I paid cash but some of the toll stations do not have an option to pay cash. And I had next to no coins as well so I stopped at a gas station to get something to drink and coins. Just in case. Next both I put my coins a man who worked there told me the car has an I-PASS thing on the windshield. You can open and close it and decide if you want to pay with it or with your credit card or cash. Ok – good to know….
There was not too much traffic and I got into ‎⁨Fitchburg a bit after 18:00.

Fitchburg⁩

Had to bring the samples to two technicians waiting for them in the
Wyndham Garden Madison in Fitchburg. They where happy and I was tired. Of course there where no room booked for me but I was too lazy to find something else so I checked in the Wyndham. Nice place next to a small mall. So no need to take the car to get some food. To tired to go to a restaurant that has some vegetarian options anyhow.

Wyndham Garden Madison in Fitchburg⁩, ⁨Wisconsin⁩

My room at the Wyndham Garden Madison in Fitchburg⁩, ⁨Wisconsin⁩
My room at the Wyndham Garden Madison in Fitchburg⁩, ⁨Wisconsin⁩

Mini Bar, Microwave, Coffee Maker and an Ice Cooler
Mini Bar, Microwave, Coffee Maker and a Ice Cooler – looks like I need that little ice cooler later!

Sink opposite of the bathroom
Sink opposite of the bathroom

The bathroom
The bathroom – no space for a sink there.

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Went over the street and scouted for some dinner options. Hmm took me the longest time in front of that fridge!
Fuck - which one?
Fuck – which one?

The choice for today. Hummus, Avocados, Bananas and Baguette. And - BEER!
The selection for today. Hummus, Avocados, Bananas and Baguette. And – BEER!

House of Cards in real :-(
House of Cards in real 🙁

Here you find day 2: 4 Days in the US – Day 2 From Fitchburg⁩ to Mukwonago
Here you find day 3: 4 Days in the US – Day 3 From Mukwonago to Libertyville

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A weekend in Oberstdorf

February 26, 2017 at 12:52

Mountains – mountains in fall! Steiner called for a weekend in Oberstdorf to walk and talk and have some beers in the evening. The forecast was looking good so Friday noon we hit the Autobahn and went over the Alb to the Alps!

House at Haldenweg in Oberstdorf
Arrived in the early afternoon so we walked a bit. Traditional house at Haldenweg in Oberstdorf.

Jesus enjoying the fall sun on the way to Moorweiher
On the way to Moorweiher we passed Jesus – looks like he is enjoying the fall sun as well.

Scared duck on the Moorweiher
Scared duck – did not expect somebody that last in the afternoon.

Schattenberg at the back
Schattenberg at the back – fall colours in the front.

View from our hotel
View from our room at Gasthof Petra in Oberstdorf. We had a big room with a double bed and two single beds, a table with 2 chairs, shower and a balcony with table and chairs. The warm afternoon sun on the balcony is great to relax after your hike. There is a Wienerwald restaurant downstairs if you are lazy you do not have to go far for dinner. The breakfast was average but enough.

A Maß of Dampfbeer
A Maß of Dampfbeer with dinner at the last German brewery before Austria.

Fellhorn

The next morning we got up way to early. Steiner must get up at 6 in the morning or before. I have no clue why. So he makes a lot of noise and even watches the news on TV! I hate it to get up so early. The result: we where ready for breakfast 30 minutes before the hotel was ready with breakfast. Great work!
After breakfast we took the bus to the Fellhorn cable car. I would have loved it to walk up but Steiner was lazy so up we went with the cable car. Up at the top station it was still cloudy and not too many people at this time of the day.
The hill station is over 2000 metres and it was cold in the night. The earth was still frozen which made it hard and good to walk. When we had lunch we saw many people pass us – mud everywhere.

Top of the Hill
Top of the Hill – ready to walk.

Heavy clouds over the mountains on the German side
Heavy clouds over the mountains on the German side

Cloudy towards the south of Germany. You can see the path on the rim below
Cloudy towards the south of Germany. But there is a bit of blue in the far distance. You can see the path down towards Oberstdorf on the rim below.

Path on the rim with Austria on the left and Germany on the right.  The mountains of Germany in the back
Path on the rim with Austria on the left and Germany on the right. On some part of the path you can stand with one leg in Austria and one in Germany 🙂 The valley on the left is in Ausria with the mountains of Germany in the back.

View towards Germany - blue sky :-)
Finally blue sky – view over the German mountains. This is why I like to sleep longer – blue sky. I trade it with a bit of mud. That is why we have the hiking boots!! Well well….

I can see our picnic spot
I can see our picnic spot

Steiner
Steiner – very happy – because foooood!

Picnic
Nice spot – sun, mountains and food

Old trees

Freibergsee
Freibergsee

Loretto-Kapellen in Oberstdorf

The Loretto Kappellen are tree small chapels next to each other at the southern end of Oberstdorf. The oldest one is the Appachkapelle from 1493. It is a really small building so in 1657 construction of the second one begun. Following the fashion of the time they named it after the Italian city Loretto: St. Maria Loretto.

St. Maria Loretto
St. Maria Loretto

St. Maria Loretto Oberstdorf
They change the cloths of the Madonna a few times a year.

St. Maria Loretto
He invented the Boomerang! I bet you thought it is an Australian thing…

St. Maria Loretto
The guy on the left invented the “Big Stick” and the guy on the right? Go figure!

St. Maria Loretto
They worked for the Stick Boys

St. Maria Loretto
The round painting is from 1877 by Claudius Schraudolph dem Älteren. In 1926 the other pictures where added.

Josefkapelle Oberstdorf

Josefkapelle Oberstdorf
In 1671 they started to build the Josefkapelle.

Josefkapelle Oberstdorf

Jesus riding on his donkey made 1729 from Franz Xaver Schmädl.

After that it was only a few more minutes to our nice balcony to sit in the warm afternoon sun. After the sun goes down it gets cold quick at this time of the year.

The next day Dr. Schwarz and his son from Stuttgart joined us for a short hike up behind the big ski-jumping area.

The old man gang with a young guy
The old man gang with a young guy

Schanze Oberstdorf
And back down around the ski-jumbing area.

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