Shortly after the strict quarantine guidelines were lifted, Cody and I took the dogs down South to Lindau in Germany. Lindau is a small island on the Bodensee, a lake that touches Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. It can be done within a couple of hours but we spent three nights there which meant we had a lot of relaxing time- our favorite!
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One of the big reasons we took the opportunity to move abroad was the ease of travel. So, when Covid hit and traveling was pretty much suspended in the EU we were pretty disappointed. By the time travel was allowed again, it had been six months since we had left Regensburg. We were desperate to get out!
Lindau, and the Bodensee, was the place we settled on after some research. It met all the travel criteria- in Germany (borders weren’t open yet), a place we could social distance (small island), and fresh scenery (i.e. not Regensburg…)
A Quick Stop in Ulm
The drive to Lindau was about three hours Southwest of Regensburg. But, we took a small detour to visit the town of Ulm.
Ulm, or at least the historic center we walked through, had the quintessential German charm. It is in the region (or state) of Baden-Württemburg but only separated from Bavaira by the Danube river running through it (which is also the river that runs through Regensburg and all the way down to Budapest).
There we saw their Cathedral, the Ulm Münster. This church is the tallest church in all of Germany, Europe, and even the world! And, as expected with all European churches we’ve seen, there was construction going on.
We didn’t do much here other than walk around and view a few of the key sites, grab some lunch, and of course…ice cream!
The fun fact about this town is this was the very first German city Cody traveled to when he began traveling to Europe for work. He sat in the courtyard of the record-breaking church and wrote me a postcard that arrived three weeks after he got home (that’s the German International mail system for you…)
Lindau is a small town on the Bodensee. The Bodensee is a lake that touches Germany, Austria, Switzerland. We thought, just maybe, we might get some beach time but despite it being June, it was cold and rainy the whole time.
Lindau, although technically an island, is only separated from the mainland by a bridge about the length of two football fields. It’s a quaint little place with a handful of cafes and, of course, a plethora of German restaurants.
The nice thing about this trip was how relaxing it was. The island was tiny, so tiny that we walked around the whole thing in about 30 minutes (including the second half lap we did looking for Cody’s mask that had fallen out of his backpack #covidproblems).
Plus, we had a beautiful white Airbnb which was gorgeous and cozy. And immediately full of Milo and Scout’s hair. (Who puts a white couch in a house? Let alone a house where guests (and dogs) are staying? Remind me not to do this when we open up our own Airbnb!)
It’s no surprise that my favorite part of the trip was the night we stayed in, ate our charcuterie we brought from a butcher in Regensburg, and watched Fleabag. The whole series. (To be fair, it’s only two seasons, twelve episodes, each coming in at like twenty minutes a piece.) (And we had already watched the first five back home.)
Second favorite? Sitting in the Buchcafe, admiring all of the books around me (none that I could read because… German) reading, and sipping on drinks while it rained outside.
There really wasn’t a ton for us to do since the weather was cold and rainy, we couldn’t drive into other countries, and the island doesn’t have much to offer other than the lake and it’s boat tours. So, we did that. We hopped on a boat, in the middle of June, wearing jackets and contemplating a cup of hot chocolate. It was so bizarre for my Texas brain.
Our weekend away (although it was during the middle of the week) was relaxing and cozy. We read a few books, watched a TV series, and road a boat. Milo and Scout got to sniff new places. It was a win all around!
Until next time,