Abbeys and ferrys

Trip Start Mar 29, 2006
Trip End Feb 28, 2007

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Friday, September 15, 2006

FRIDAY, 15th September
Birnau Abbey was our first stop on our day out to rediscover Meersburg with L. We had seen it from a distance previously and just had to lake a look inside. From the outside it was quite bare. White regular walls with an unimposing entrance but once inside it had a wow factor of ten. From floor to ceiling it was covered in colour. Baroque is the term to use I believe for this highly decorative interior. Magnificent is the other word I would use to describe it. The floor was of coloured marble, the ceiling was completely covered with tableaux of biblical scenes in rich colours of orange and blue and green all overlaid with gilt. and the walls were decorated with sculptured angels and saints all in gilt...stucco style. I had never seen anything like it. It must have been the contemporary art of its day. It must have shocked a lot of parishioners at the time. These days it was all very 'twee' really...sadly.
Coffee in a café outside and then on to Meersberg retracing our steps of the previous week to show all to L. We had a lunch of bruschettos in a small café in the upper town followed by an ice cream...for L's benefit of course.
Back at the car park we stood for a while and watched the car ferries come and go and in particular watched the arrival of dozens of old tractors which were lining up to await a space on one of the ferries to Konstance. It was a family affair but unlike the steam engines we saw in England they did not dress up in traditional costumes. The tractors were not that old really just highly polished and well maintained diesels. The ferries come and go very quickly. As one left another came in and there were two docks so that is two in and two out plus two on the way. Maybe six or eight ferries plying the crossing continuously to Konstance. They only take about 40 cars at a time and to keep to schedule most of them left half full...or half empty...the glass of wine conundrum.
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