Archive for ‘nature’

October 17, 2017

Nixhöhle

by ada

Advertisements
September 26, 2017

Ötschergräben – part 2

by ada

September 15, 2017

Ötschergräben – part 1

by ada

July 2, 2017

Gemeindealpe – Gipfelbahn

by ada

June 24, 2017

Gemeindealpe – Bodenbauer-Express

by ada

June 16, 2017

Mariazell – Bürgeralpe

by ada

June 14, 2017

on the road

by ada

June 13, 2017

Erlaufsee

by ada

June 2, 2017

Budapest – Tropicarium revisited

by ada

May 30, 2017

on the road

by ada

May 4, 2017

Bregenz – last day

by ada

April 29, 2017

the place where Germany meets Switzerland

by ada

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

by ada

April 21, 2017

Konstanz – Bodensee Naturmuseum

by ada

April 18, 2017

New Rhine

by ada

April 14, 2017

Bad Wurzach – Straußenfarm Oberschwaben (Upper Swabian Ostrich Farm)

by ada

April 13, 2017

Bad Wurzach – Oberschwäbisches Torfmuseum (Upper Swabian Peat Museum)

by ada

February 21, 2017

the place where Germany meets Switzerland

by ada

One place where Germany meets Switzerland is somewhere in the middle of Lake Constance. To visit it, board the ferry in Friedrichshafen.

untitled-2

Don’t worry, you’ll arrive relaxed to your destination (entspannt am Ziel!).

untitled-11

When boarding, be aware of international spies.

untitled-4

Take your seat and enjoy the sight of your fellow travellers’ hair situation.

untitled-5

Watch the last passengers hurry up on board…

untitled-1

…and a few minutes later say goodbye to Germany.

untitled-8

untitled-37

untitled-51m

untitled-64

untitled-97

On your way, greet those who are sailing…

untitled-147

and the rich people who can afford to pay 200 euros for a 30 minutes joyride flight those who prefer air to water.

untitled-10nm

And now, on to Swiss waters!

untitled-89k

The border is somewhere here…

untitled-123

…or here?

untitled-65n

Whatever. Can you spot the pirates?

untitled-191

A close-up of the fearless devils of the Bodensee:

untitled-137

Now it’s time to take a last look back…

untitled-68b

…because you are almost at your destination!

romanshorn-22

romanshorn

Finish your drinks (or taking photographs of other people’s finished drinks, haha)…

untitled-63n

…and prepare for landing.

romanshorn-15

To enjoy your adventure to the fullest, be the last one to leave the ferry.

romanshorn-18

Welcome in Switzerland!

romanshorn-11

February 5, 2017

walks with Casey – Neuer Rhein

by ada

casey-12

untitled-83

csiga-5

untitled-11

lepke-1

lepke-12

casey-14

untitled-73

untitled-122

untitled-188

untitled-19

untitled-181

untitled-132

untitled-142

January 19, 2017

walks with Casey – Bodensee Promenade

by ada

untitled-20

untitled-4

untitled-7

untitled-5

untitled-6

untitled-26

untitled-31

untitled-47

untitled-50

January 11, 2017

walks with Casey – Innerlaterns

by ada

innerlaterns-12

innerlaterns-20

untitled-60

untitled-66

untitled-109

innerlaterns-5

untitled-10

casey-4

untitled-8

casey-20

untitled-75

heimatle-2

fox-1

untitled-78

untitled-20j

untitled-79

cross-1

innerlaterns-22

January 5, 2017

walks with Casey – Gebhartsberg

by ada

_dsc2072

_dsc1789

_dsc1780

_dsc1785

untitled-29

casey-9

gebhartsberg-22

_dsc1917

gebhartsberg-32

gebhartsberg-14

_dsc1902

_dsc1971

untitled-2

_dsc2059

_dsc2018

_dsc1840

casey-5

_dsc2023

December 28, 2016

how to be a magot

by ada

_dsc1548

affenberg-17

untitled-81e

untitled-118

_dsc1470

untitled-54o

untitled-14

_dsc1422

untitled-44

December 27, 2016

Affenberg Salem

by ada

_dsc1400

untitled-1

untitled-13

untitled-45

untitled-57

_dsc1428

_dsc1406

untitled-130

affenberg-25

_dsc1452

_dsc1590

_dsc1559

_dsc1505

_dsc1655

untitled-30

December 22, 2016

on the road

by ada

untitled-2

masolat

_dsc1300

on-the-road-12

_dsc1327

_dsc1374

woods-33

_dsc1381

_dsc1348

November 19, 2016

August recap

by ada

The results of the US election gave me a huge motivation for blogging, because looking back at my sunny summer adventures in 2015 is much more comforting than looking forward to a future in which Donald Trump rules the world; which perspective is, let’s be real, more than terrifying.

Since I can’t change anything (I wish I could), I am now feverishly preparing for WW3 and transforming our cellar into a nuclear shelter do what I can to blend out real life problems and live in the past, so here you are, August 2015.

I started the month with German fireworks in Langenargen:

untitled-466

It was raining light!

untitled-151

It was also a fine opportunity to take out of focus photos of the festively decorated ships…

uferfest-langenargen-2015-53

…and of an unusually empty Lindau at night:

lindau-at-night-3

A few days later I spent 11 hours on a train…

untitled-6h

… to get home in time for my mother’s birthday:

untitled-69

She received some handmade presents from Milo and Móricka:

untitled-60j

In the process of creating it Milo got caught red handed. He looks quite embarrassed:

untitled-179

Móricka was rather pleased with the results:

untitled-6-2

Everybody coped with the heat in his own way: Milo took possession of the electric fan…

untitled-39

…Móricka wore his tribal colours with pride…

untitled-112

…The Cat buried herself in the closet (don’t ask)…

pottom

…my sister put up the grill…

untitled-120

…and I tackled some long overdue personal projects:

untitled-8j

szekreny

When the time came, I crossed Austria again…

untitled-22m

…and got back to Bregenz:

untitled-5n

I spent a lot of time on the road…

_dsc8253

…making decisions…

untitled-52-2

…and getting my feet…

ground-2

…and my bike dirty…

untitled-23b

…on forest paths…

_dsc7768

…and in water:

untitled-24-4

I met all kinds of animals…

untitled-138

untitled-17-2

wangen-11

…but mainly pigs:

vorkloster-17

untitled-115-2

I took the Muttersbergbahn…

untitled-110-2

…to look over the mountains around Bludenz:

untitled-84m

I swam in the Bodensee…

bodensee-1

…and in the Dornbirner Ach:

untitled-56n

One time I even went to night swimming (the giant groups of bats and mosquitos swarming over me are not pictured but they were REAL):

untitled-6

I visited new cities…

untitled-27-2

…and revisited old favourites:

lindau-4

I also crossed borders, because that’s what I like to do:

staatsgrenze-3

I listened to music during the day…

untitled-54n

and at night:

turandot-2

I saw (but wasn’t allowed to play) the organ Hans Buchner has once practised on (more than 500 years ago):

_dsc8802

I met really old Chinese ladies…

terracotta-armee-dornbirn-308

…Bavarian witches…

untitled-82-2

…and whole families in splendid Vorarlberger tracht:

untitled-119-3

And, tired but happy, I ended the month just the same way as I started it: with fireworks. This time in Bregenz:

bregenz-hafenfest-4

November 3, 2016

on the road

by ada

untitled-13

untitled-3

untitled-1

untitled-17

untitled-2

untitled-7

untitled-35

November 2, 2016

Andelsbuch

by ada

andelsbuch-32

andelsbuch-4

andelsbuch-16

andelsbuch-12

andelsbuch-27

andelsbuch-40

andelsbuch-54

andelsbuch-51

andelsbuch-5

andelsbuch-88

October 13, 2016

the place where Germany meets Austria

by ada

One thing (amongst so many) I loved about living in Bregenz was its proximity to Germany and Switzerland. Because as a true child of the Iron Curtain Era, also called Socialism, I can’t get enough of the feeling of freedom that comes with crossing borders without being shot at. So I use every opportunity to prove myself that the world (or at least, the EU) belongs to me (well, at least until our president Orbán Viktor manages to get Brussels to kick us out of it, the possibility of which seems to grow with every occasion he opens his mouth for any other purpose than to breath, but let’s this blog remain my happy place, untouched from harsh Hungarian reality and forget for a moment to which nation I happen to belong) (it’s not easy; I have so much to tell you about how 3,3 million is not the 98% of 8,2 million – the number of Hungarian citizens allowed to vote – but I will try to restrain myself and concentrate on my adventures of the summer of 2015) (but believe me, these are the times that make me really regret that I’m not blogging in Hungarian anymore, hahahaha).

Anyway. Back to Bregenz and to nicer times, spent with my bike, Rozi II…

rozi

…with whom, on a cloudy but warm day we started out at the Bregenz Hafen, with the purpose of crossing the German border (again).

bregenz-hafen

To get to Germany, you have to bike along the Pipeline, which, during summertime, is not as easy a task as it seems. Bregenz is a touristy city and its bike roads can get crowded. There are, in fact, spots that remind me of Rush Hour in Utrecht. Fortunately, the Pipeline is one of the more civilised routes, so with medium biking skills and a good brake you will be able to reach Lindau without running over Japanese tourists, unsupervised toddlers and retired ladies enjoying the pleasures of nude bathing.

pipeline-bregenz-3

Don’t let oncoming traffic…

pipeline-bregenz-37

…or beautiful scenery disturb you…

bodensee-5

…just bike along until you reach Mili, the oldest military bath of the Lake Constance area…

mili-bregenz-16

mili-bregenz-8

… or, some hundred meters away, its small, newer brother.

pipeline-bregenz-7

Here you can take a break…

bodensee

…before continuing your way to Lochau…

pipeline-bregenz-21

lochau-4

…and the small river of Leiblach, which marks the German-Austrian border.

leiblach-4

Get on the bridge…

staatsgrenze-9

…and bike until the middle of it.

staatsgrenze-10

leiblach-8

Here you can be as international as it gets:

staatsgrenze-1

…standing with one foot in Vorarlberg, Austria…

land-vorarlberg

…and with the other in the free German state of Bavaria!

freistaat-bayern

October 6, 2016

on the road

by ada

untitled-56

untitled-15

untitled-32

untitled-74

_dsc8276

untitled-79

untitled-3

untitled-57

untitled-62

untitled-65

%d bloggers like this: