Is a swan more beautiful from the front or back? I didn’t know till I took these two photos of a swan on Lake Constance. I think the swan is actually more lovely from the rear. We are biking around Lake Constance or as it is known in Germany The Bodensee. Today we drove the north and west shoreline of the upper part of the lake. 56 kilometres in all. My husband Dave and brother-in-law Ken acted as our navigators. We had a little trouble getting out of Konstanz, the German city where we had spent the night. This friendly elderly gentleman stopped to give us directions and ended up driving part of the way with us and setting us on the right road. The weather was quite cool when we started out but that was great for biking.
Our navigators led us astray once but it meant that we had the chance to bike this lovely avenue of poplars.And see fields full of luscious cauliflower, lettuce, turnips and other vegetables. We stopped to take photos of this field of 300 origami cellophane cranes. They formed an interesting art installation by Hadmut Bittiger called Beating of Wings. Cranes are standing ready to begin their worldwide migration. On each one’s wings is inscribed a message in a different language to help people around the globe build bridges between one another.
We took a break for refreshments around noon. It was still chilly but about an hour later the sun burst out and we ended up taking off our jackets and enjoying the warm afternoon. I stopped to take a picture of this wildflower fence and in the process I lost the rest of the group. Thankfully my sister had waited for me up ahead and it didn’t take long for the guys to realize we were missing and my brother-in-law headed back to find us. Dave reminded me that if I got lost all I had to was keep the lake on my left and I’d arrive at our destination for the night……the Chlosterhof Hotel in Stein am Rhein. It is a city in Switzerland. Our bike route around Lake Constance is going to take us through three countries, Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
After checking into our hotel we strolled the streets of Stein am Rhein a well-preserved town with medieval buildings. We looked at the beautiful murals painted on all the shops. The town is called Stein Am Rhein because it is at a point where Lake Constance becomes the Rhine River.
Written on the wall beside our bed in our hotel in Stein Am Rhein is this reminder.
A good thing to keep in mind on a bike trip or on our journey through life.