Archive for April, 2017

April 30, 2017

my Bregenz neighbourhood – part 1

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April 29, 2017

the place where Germany meets Switzerland

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The German city of Konstanz is in close proximity to the Swiss town of Kreuzlingen. There are several border points, the most picturesque is the one in the district Klein Venedig (Little Venice).

Start out at the nature museum Sea Life.

Walk along Lake Constance…

…until you arrive at the border point…

…marked by the German artist Johannes Dörflingers “Kunstgrenze“, a constellation of 22 sculptures, which commemorates the 2006 demolition of the barbed wire fence, set up in 1938 by the Nazi Germany.

Hi Magician!

Just one step and you’ve already left the territory of the European Union.

The seagulls could not care less.

Look back at Konstanz…

…and forward to Kreuzlingen.

Some unidentified Swiss buildings.

Turn back to the Herrscherin and the Herrscher (Mr and Mrs Ruler, haha). They are there to lead you…

…to the Wheel of Fortune. There the path splits into two. The way on the left leads to Switzerland, the way on the right back to Germany.

There is a football field on the Swiss side to make international affairs happen…

…and a beer tent on the German side to strengthen the friendship between the two nations. As you see, the Germans are rather serious about their beer culture.

April 25, 2017

Konstanz – Sea Life

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April 21, 2017

Konstanz – Bodensee Naturmuseum

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April 20, 2017

Konstanz – part 2

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April 19, 2017

Konstanz – part 1

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April 18, 2017

New Rhine

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April 17, 2017

Bregenz – Vorarlberg Museum

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April 16, 2017

a matter of concentration

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April 15, 2017

Bad Wurzach

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April 14, 2017

Bad Wurzach – Straußenfarm Oberschwaben (Upper Swabian Ostrich Farm)

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April 13, 2017

Bad Wurzach – Oberschwäbisches Torfmuseum (Upper Swabian Peat Museum)

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April 12, 2017

Stein am Rhein – part 3

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April 11, 2017

Stein am Rhein – part 2

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April 10, 2017

Stein am Rhein – part 1

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April 4, 2017

the art of naming your house

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Giving names to your house appears to be a Swiss thing, originated back in those times when white spots on maps were filled with mysterious references to sea monsters, four-horned men and “Here Be Dragons” warnings. In those sweet times you could be living at places dedicated to delightful things like loyalty…

…or rear thighs:

The origin of some names is still a mystery…

… some seem rather obvious, though:

Sometimes naming your house is an interactive process:

My personal favourite is this one (can you guess why?):

Most of the houses are dedicated to simple, joyful living things, like plants…

…or animals:

A whole zoo…

…with a colourful collection of birds:

Weather can also be a great inspiration. The sun rises…

…to a blue sky…

…or to a rainy day:

Of course, things start to get complicated when human race enters with its doubtful attempts at civilisation. Fictive creatures appear at once…

…and bears are forced to dance:

Medieval times are represented by angels…

…giants…

…and balance scales made of gold…

…to measure all your (Swedish) money…

…or shame you for the lack of it:

Virgins are obligatory…

…and such are the things virgins should know nothing about:

For preventing them from getting first-hand knowledge in the art of rear love, virgins have to be safely stored in towers…

…built on the top of green mountains…

…surrounded by green forests…

…and locked tight with keys:

There they can sit and wait for being rescued in the most contemporary way while counting down their time using sandglasses:

To their misfortune, knights do not seem to be available on the streets of Schaffhausen. The Ghost of Communism is haunting it instead!

It stirs up trouble…

…which leads to war.

Luckily, peace always sets in at the end…

…for which we can not be thankful enough!

April 2, 2017

Schaffhausen – part 3

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