Thursday, September 08, 2011


I'm back with a travel post this time!! We had taken holidays last week in view of Eid ul Fitr. This time, we were invited to our friends' house in the north of Germany. After prayers on Tuesday, we set out to their house and had a good time there. We returned home next day evening. The rest of the week was still there and it was almost like summer was slowly waving a goodbye. We wanted to go out somewhere and it was a spontaneous plan and we're glad we did it.

Constance (Konstanz in German) is a small city located on the banks of Bodensee. So, what is Bodensee? It is the third largest fresh water lake in Europe, known just as The Lake Constance in English. Not to be confused with the ones by the same name in the USA and Canada. The lake forms a natural boundary between the three countries - Germany, Switzerland and Austria. It is to the south of Germany bordering the states of Bavaria and Baden-Wuerttemberg and is fed by the River Rhine flowing from the Alps into the south of the lake. The lake is a beauty by itself, a favourite spot in Summer for sailors, sport lovers and tourists.

We started on Saturday morning by car. It was a longer drive than expected due to weekend traffic. Around 3 in the afternoon, we reached Constance and checked into our hotel. Our initial stop was to the Mainau Island. It is a small island in the lake on the German side. The entire island is maintained as a garden and is fondly called the Blumen Insel Mainau (The flower island Mainau). As the name suggests, the island is studded with numerous beautiful flowers. We reached the island by a ferry running from Constance. Right from the entrance, it is all fragrant and colourful everywhere you turn around. Different flowers bloom in different seasons. This time, Dahlias were in full bloom.

My husband was busy trying to capture all those nature's beauties into his lenses. Even I was making my own round with my mobile clicking around with excitement. There are good round trip suggestions for everyone around the island. One can easily cover the entire island by walk in a couple of hours. It was a very memorable walk through the gardens. There is a little area called Schmetterlinghaus (Butterfly house). Could you imagine how much I was amused? It housed many lovely colourful butterflies - big and small, flying all around. We were glad we got some nice clicks of these winged beauties too. The trip back to Constance on the ferry with the decorative lightings in the evening was again wonderful and memorable.

The next day was expected to be raining. We rightly chose to stay indoors and made a visit to the Sea Life. Sea Life is a chain of aquariums in Europe and the USA. It was in my wish list for a long time to visit the aquarium. The life under water is always a fascination to me. Do you know the octopuses are highly intelligent and have a good memory and problem solving skills? Do you know the sharks must always keep swimming so as to avoid sinking?

We got to see lot of flora and fauna in the aquarium including star fish, jelly fish, clown fish (the Nemo fish), rays, sharks, turtles, sea horses, octopuses and of course, penguins and lots of other small and large fishes. I also got to touch a star fish and it was an extra-ordinary experience. The aquarium is surely a great experience for children and adults alike!!

After lunch, we started our drive back to home. It was mostly raining during the travel, but the traffic was quite ok. Thus, our holidays came to an end and from Monday, back to work and the routine continues. Yet, it was a memorable little picnic during the weekend and I'm eager to make another little trip. Hopefully soon!! :)

Insel Mainau
Sea Life at Constance
Lake Constance Wiki
Mainau Wiki


  1. beautiful captures very pleasant and colourful

  2. Lovely pics of all the Flora and Fauna of the garden.Place seems to be beautiful.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  3. wow awesome ....I can imagine how much fun you would have had enjoyin the all your beautiful pictorials....

    Chk out my DIWALI Event
    September - ALMONDS Event & GIVEAWAY'
    September - WWC - "Cornmeal for Breakfast"

  4. GORGEOUS clicks!!!! Looks like it was a memorable vacation..Visits to such nature`s haven is a perfect de-stress time too!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  5. What beautiful photos and looks like an enjoyable vacation for you!!

  6. Wat a lovely array of eye pleasing clicks, seems you guys had a fabulous time there..

  7. Lovely place sad tht we couldnt accompany u to such a wonderful place....inshallah sometime soon :)

  8. Such gorgeous pics,thnks or shring

  9. Wow, impressive clicks. Wish I can visit them.

  10. We too went to Konstanz but I don't remember seeing this kind of view, probably we missed it . Beautiful collection of pictures :)

  11. Seems you had a great time...superb clicks..kudos to the photographer :)

  12. Awesome pictures! First time to your have great space....glad to follow you

  13. beautiful post!!! thanks for sharing!

  14. You had a trully wonderfulla and surely colourfull visit.Was a great pleasure to look at it;)Thank you for sharing:)

  15. WOW butterfly...what a post! i love these occasional travel dips we all do in blogs...thank you for bringing me Konstanz and some lovely butterflies like you.

    thanks for dropping by...much appreciated!

  16. Wow..what beautiful photographs! Treat for the eyes.