A feeeeeerrrryyyyy ride

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

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Wednesday, September 27, 2006

WEDNESDAY, 27th September
Today the girls decided they were going to go on a ferry cruise to Stein am Rhein. Why not!  I'll go too. I have no problems with short ferry trips. They planned to go to Konstance first and take me for a quick tour after all, I had not really seen that town. Then we were to catch a ferry from there to Stein. We parked in the usual place in Radolphzell and caught the articulated train from there to Konstance arriving 20 minutes later.
[For the uninitiated I am not referring to a train that speaks well, although the regular announcements were very clear if un-understandable, but to the fact that the carriages were joined together by a concertina like apparatus as per the town buses. They also had  TV monitors in each carriage to advise passengers as to the route they were on and up on high was a LCD screen to advise of the next station (and even on which side the platform would be). There was no excuse for not knowing where you were, where you had come from and where you were going. And of course , thanks to Adolph, they all ran on time...to the second. I only have one complaint and that was that there were not enough signs on the actual station to say where you were. Oh, and the doors do not open automatically. You have to press a button...inside or out.
The station was on the waterfront so we walked leisurely down to the ferry ticket office only to discover that the ferry to Stein left in two minutes. We ran. Well at least I did. The girls sort of walked quickly! I grabbed the rope hawser braced myself against the bollard  and with all my strength held the boat in check until the girls arrived. No I didn't. The cap'n saw us coming and waited.
I actually had no idea what I was in for until I looked at the timetable on deck and realized that I was 'in for' a 2½ hour boat trip...there and back. Five hours on a ship. My worst nightmare. But the companionship was good, I had today's paper and it was a fine day. It cost us 20 Euros each which I thought was a bit pricey but I was trapped on board and after all it amounted to 4 Euros an hour, so was good value. In fact it was a delightful voyage. The steamer [It was not a steamer really but it should have been. It was of a design that in days of yore would have had a  funnel atop] chugged downstream [You had to think about it though. We were exiting a lake but so was the river.] from side to side of the Rhine from jetty to jetty  picking up and putting down in at least a dozen small towns including Gaienhofen and the other Höri towns.  [Höri means 'horn' and refers to the headland on which we live and includes Moos.]  We ordered hot drinks on deck and enjoyed the refreshment in the sunshine.
We were going to Stein because L wanted to retrace her steps with the movie camera which she did not have with her the first time around and to which she has now become attached. We found an internet café to check our mail because we have lost the connection in the house and despite the next door neighbour's efforts we have been unable to reconnect to T-com. We had bruschettos for lunch on the waterside and caught the boat back to Konstance. Afternoon cake on the boat. I didn't doze but I read a lot of my paper. We found a cozy nook inside. I still had not seen Konstance.
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