Konstantly shopping

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

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Monday, October 9, 2006

MONDAY, 9th October
TUESDAY, 10th October
The heating came on in the house that morning. The pipes around the floor in the winter room warmed up for an hour or so and then turned themselves off. H must have timed it for the first week in October to do just that. Mind you he could have controlled a ten storey office block's heating arrangements with the equipment he had in that basement room.
We...or Anne, I should say...thought it was time I saw Konstance. I had not been impressed by our first drive through and cared not whether we returned. But she and L had been otherwise impressed so she grabbed me by the hand, threw me in to the car and dragged me on to a train. Another foggy morning so I read my English paper that I had managed to purchase before I was manhandled onto the platform...the Guardian this time.
We strolled through the cobbled streets of Konstance admiring the mixture of old, new and not so new. Lots of paintings on the walls of the old buildings in this part of town and yet there were newer pictures also on the restored and renovated establishments. The mural painting skill was still alive and well in Europe as they try to preserve the character of the towns. Most of what we saw were retail outlets and since they are out to attract customers they pay the artisans to recreate the olde worlde look. There were certainly a lot more shops than we had yet seen anywhere around the lake from boutique to department store and electrical to bookshop.
We did not do much at all really, just wandered in and out of shops which was quite a novelty in recent days. I took note of the Nord See fish restaurant vowing to return later to have a fish hot dog which turned out to be very tasty but not very substantial.  But we did have some great chips. The style that is boiled first and then quickly dipped into the deep fry. Crisp on the outside and mushy inside...terrific. We had only had them once before where we had nominated them the best chips ever.
I bought myself some socks for me and a jigsaw for the kids next door.
The day turned out to be fine as it usually does after misty mornings but oh, for some rain. We took the train back to Radolfzell but before we went home we went to the library to send emails off to Sydney to check out some finances. I tried to book tickets from London to Edinburgh via Britrail but they wanted to send the tickets to our Australian address! We borrowed some DVD's and watched one that evening.
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