Things are moving in our temporary flat. Some of them are heading into boxes, others towards the bin or the recycling. Home, however temporary it was/is, just doesn’t look the same any more…
So for a change I thought I’d do a post with photos of Switzerland, or at least my own corner of the place. And I mean corner, we’re at the very top right-hand edge, bang on the border to Germany and so close to Austria that my kids go clubbing there and come home in a taxi.
First up – a section of our beautiful Lake Constance with the Alpstein range in the background. Highest peak Säntis, our local mountain. I’ve been on the summit several times (via cablecar!) – the view is spectacular.
Here’s the same view from further down the lake, this time with two of the car ferries which cross from Romanshorn to Friedrichshafen (home of the Zeppelin) in Germany. You can take a ride in a Zeppelin in summer – expensive, but again, incredible views!
Our nearest large town is St Gallen, named after Gallus, an Irish monk who founded the abbey there in the seventh century. Below is the cathedral, on the same site today.
And of course there’s Arbon, our home town. Here’s the castle, where I teach English. The tower dates from the 1200s, and there are amazing views up to the Säntis on one side and out across the lake on the other. Best workplace ever.
To finish off with, a typical old house from our region, Thurgau. Ours is the ‘fruit’ area of Switzerland, with dozens of fruit farms and thousands of apple and pear trees. And it won’t be long before they’re all in bloom again – pictures for another post, perhaps!