July 11-13th - (complete) Family Weekend at Bodensee (Lake Constance)

As Jared is here for two weeks and Carola is leaving for Taiwan in August, we thought it might be a good idea to use the rare occasion to go on a family weekend ...

Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). After arrival at Bodensee (biggest lake in Europe), we immediately took a ferry across to the famous island of "Mainau", still privately owned but their park opened to the public ... here the castle ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... and took the first group photo of the family ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). After long walks, we came back to the hotel and had dinner there ... on the terrace, watching the sun go down ... here Natasha, Jared and Cynthia ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... we had to wait for nearly 1,5 hours for our dinner ... so the hotel is not to be recommended ... here Thomas, Carola and Claudia ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... here the family at dinner with the lake in the background ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... here some sun-down impressions, made that evening.
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). Sunday morning, we went to the Zeppelin museum (airships), which was very interesting and then took a car ferry (we were there with both cars) to Switzerland. Germany, Austria and Switzerland have shorelines at the Bodensee ... here all of us at the ferry having a coffee...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). While driving through Switzerland, Jared saw a minigolf ground ... so we had a stop there ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... here Jared and his mum ... he won at the end ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... Thomas also trying ... but it was just trying ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). We then drove on towards Schaffhausen in Switzerland, where the famous Rhein falls are ... after flowing through the Bodensee, the river Rhein exits and some kilometres later you can see this picture ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). Sunday night - after driving back from Switzerland - we had a dinner in an Italian restaurant ... very nice ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). Monday our weekend finished ... we drove to Ueberlingen, where we hired a boat for an hour ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... it was extremely fast ... if you tried that speed on a bicycle, you would fall over ...


After driving back for 2,5 hours we came home ... and were tired! So the first - complete - family weekend was over.