Sunday drivers

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

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Saturday, October 7, 2006

SATURDAY, 7th October
SUNDAY, 8th October
Why is it every time we go down the Meersburg road we get lost. No problem on the way out. It was on the way back that we found ourselves tied up around "umleitungs" or diversions. We left home after lunch because of the mist and had intended to do the four towns on the Uberlingensee, the north shore of the Bodensee, but decided that Ludwigshafen had nothing of interest but Sipplingen looked more appealing. We parked the car in a no parking zone in the middle of the village and crossed our fingers, after all it was Sunday, and headed for the shore but we were side tracked for a few minutes by a cute church. We crossed the main road to what seemed to be a popular place this day. The car park was full and the restaurant overlooking the water was overflowing. Lots of families strolling along the foreshore on yet another beautiful day in the Bodensee. We could even see the Swiss mountains in the background and that was a first since we arrived.
Uberlingen was the next town and as we drove in we could see that the shoreline and gardens were packed with people and no matter how many times we drove around we could not find anywhere to park. Every German and his mother in law was out today! I presume many of them would have driven a long way just to experience the sea on this most beautiful Sunday. As far as we were concerned we had really picked the wrong day of the week. We continued on without stopping to Uhldingen where we had read that there was a restored tribal village in the lake. Pfahlbau museum it was called. No parking in the town so we followed the crowd to the out-of-town, very well organised car park and walked down to the museum and the 'sea front'...if you will. It also, not unexpectedly, was a well patronised area. There was a small stony beach, an extensive grass area, cafes and bars.
We entered the museum only to discover there was no English guide, no English signs and no English anything. We paid our fee, joined a group of tourists, followed them and their guide into the village and set off on our own around the complex. It consisted of a series of wooden houses supported by wooden piles driven into the lake bed and, therefore, suspended precariously over the water. I really cannot understand why. If it was for security it would not take much of a shove to knock the whole village over! The depth of the water was but a few centimetres. Attackers could wade in. The 2000 year old houses had been fully restored and furnished with tools and artifacts of that age plus lifelike models of the people of that time dressed and posed appropriately. Regrettably there was not one iota of English to explain the situation...a problem we found in much of Germany. I think the village over the water was reconstructed from items found on the lake bed because there were photos of divers going about their diving.
We had a beer in one of the 'bier' gardens and headed home but found ourselves caught up in a very long queue of traffic on the main road. My efforts to find a different way home resulted in us having a tour of the backstreets of Uberlingen and the hills above the town. It took nearly two hours to get back to Moos via Bodman which I had wanted to see anyway.
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