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Konstanz Finale

27 Jun

Konstanz Finale

Just being silly…a crazy American! I am standing on a bench at Konstanz’ downtown lakeside park. In the background is the famous Peter Lenk sculpture of “Imperia”, courtesan to the Pope who she holds in one hand, and the Kaiser who she holds in the other. I am playing her double and it looks like I am conducting…My last day in Konstanz was a full one, thanks to my wonderful hosts Hannes and Dorothee. We began our day at the garden island of Mainau. It is a botanical heaven. Surrounded by lake it has a wonderful climate for growing all sorts of plants. They have even grown some California redwoods. Here are some photos taken on Mainau.

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The roses were doing very well.

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A famous landmark–a stairway of water.

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And again from the top.

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A beautiful shaded stairway.

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More roses.

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The palace and chapel at the top of the hill. This island is owned by a member of the Swedish royalty.

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As I mentioned in a previous post, we visited the butterfly house. Here are a couple of closeups.

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But this was just the first part of the day. In the late afternoon we did a LONG walk along the lake and through the center of the oldest part of the city. Here is a grand old hotel. The woman sitting on the wall is a statue.

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Part of an old monastery, which is now a luxury hotel…the Island Hotel.

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Here again is the harbor of Konstanz (without me). An old lighthouse and a Konstanz steamer flank the notorious courtesan Imperia. Imperia turns around on a turntable.

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I love the avenue of sycamore tress along the lake. They prune them and keep them short in order to make a wide canopy over the promenade.

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Imperia. You can probably see why there was a firestorm surrounding her when she first went up.

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One of the old gates to the city, the Schnetztor.

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And here I am standing outside the Schnetztor, where I posed for a photo once before in 1972.

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A tearful goodbye to dear family and friends on the train to Luzern, Switzerland.

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6 Responses to “Konstanz Finale”

  1. Christopher Hanner June 27, 2013 at 10:56 pm #

    Rosemarie, I am enjoying your blog so much! I love exploring different cultures of the world; it has even led me to pursue a degree in which I can do so. I cannot wait to continue to follow your adventures through the continent. Best wishes!

    • Rosemarie June 28, 2013 at 5:01 am #

      Chris, I am so glad you are enjoying my blog. I truly enjoy sharing my experiences with everyone. I decided when I left home that I would not buy souvenirs, but would come home with hundreds of photos to remember my experiences. It’s fun, and I know that you have foreign travel in your future. You have much to look forward to.

  2. john e. anglin June 27, 2013 at 11:02 pm #

    Your hosts are probably as sad to see you go.

    • Rosemarie June 28, 2013 at 5:02 am #

      We had a great four days together.

  3. Bastet June 28, 2013 at 10:18 am #

    I’m so happy yo’re enjoying yourself, even if we are having such strange weather this year…you’ve taken some really fantastic photos…and it’s so lovely to meet up with old friends, so weather is secondary in the end! 🙂

    • Rosemarie June 28, 2013 at 1:42 pm #

      Took my chances and did the roundtrip up Pilatus and back today. I was not disappointed, and met Margaret and Bob, a lovely couple from Melbourne, Australia.

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