…is a tiny island on our lake. It belongs to Germany, and over the centuries has been home to over 20 churches and chapels, though only three remain. Last week I went there with a couple of friends – the original plan was to bike round the island (only 11km), but as it was well over 30°C we went round by bus instead, and spent quite a lot of time in a shady restaurant eating lake fish and drinking local wine. 🙂
This is such a lovely area, especially in summer, when there are Zeppelins flying around. I’d love to go up, for the views, but I’m not a keen flyer at the best of times, and Zeppelins have really small cabins. (That’s the cabin attached to the underside of the rest of it.)
You don’t see the mountains from where we were, but there’s a lot of green, and blue.
We looked over to the Swiss side of the lake, where Napoleon III had his place at Arenenberg.
Reichenau is famous in the area for its vineyards, and vegetable production. Apparently, they produce around five million cucumbers every year. There’s a large store where you can buy local produce – we didn’t, because it was so hot and the car was back on the Swiss side of the lake, but one day I’ll make the trip again and go by bike.
Back in Switzerland by late afternoon, we sat on the terrace of a lovely little lakeside restaurant (Haus zum Schiff, if you’re ever in Ermatingen) and had coffee and cake and ice cream, and watched the world go by…