When you were younger, did anyone ever throw stones at your window to capture your attention after your parents went asleep? Perhaps you got up, sneaking out or letting someone in?

When you are well over 50 – it is not thrilling.

Somewhere past 0100 in the morning I awoke and groggily recognized the weird “boing” out on the balcony as having to do with small stones. And that it was directed toward me.

Having left the room door slightly ajar, it had not occurred to me that the DH would be locked out of the hotel, not being able to get to the door. Seems like it took him 45 minutes to get my attention, meanwhile getting rather chilly. After getting up, pulling on clothes and finding a door that I could open, I stomped back to bed. There is a point to taking along one’s cell phone, is there not?

Well after breakfast, we checked out and headed to Meersburg.

Known for its castle, port and tourism – there are old walls, interesting buildings and a plethora of flowers, even at this time of year.


and entertainment from street performers


Even more importantly –


That is not a balloon shaped like a Zeppelin – that is a Zepplin. Here, along the Bodensee is where the industry started with Graf Zeppelin building the first in 1900. The museum is located near the castle. After watching a film on the Zeppelin (historical footage from the early 1900s through WWI and the lead up to WWII and ending with the fire of the Hindenburg ) we spent a few minutes looking at the exhibits of original items from various of the ships.


I had not realized how many of them had been built, nor that they were actually used on bombing runs over the English coast in WWI. Sitting duck is not a good term, rather – large visible flying object with minimal maneuverability comes to mind. I have no clue why anyone would have been surprised at how easily even the first planes could take them out (strafe, watch the explosion and fire).

We have added to our book collection with Luftschiff marsch! (#2-19 on the list) which has an incredible collection of original photos.

Heading toward home, we stopped in Hechigen for coffee. Where the history of the town can be found on the town center fountain,


or hanging over shop doors.




Leaving me only the toe to graft on the first sock.


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About Holly

fiber person - knitter, spinner, weaver who spent 33 years being a military officer to fund the above. And home. And family. Sewing and quilting projects are also in the stash. After living again in Heidelberg after retiring (finally) from the U.S. Army May 2011, we moved to the US ~ Dec 2015. Something about being over 65 and access to health care. It also might have had to do with finding a buyer for our house. Allegedly this will provide me a home base in the same country as our four adult children, all of whom I adore, so that I can drive them totally insane. Considerations of time to knit down the stash…(right, and if you believe that…) and spin and .... There is now actually enough time to do a bit of consulting, editing. Even more amazing - we have only one household again. As long as everyone understands that I still, 40 years into our marriage, don't do kitchens or bathrooms. For that matter, not being a golden retriever, I don't do slippers or newspapers either. I don’t miss either the military or full-time clinical practice. Limiting my public health/travel med/consulting and lecturing to “when I feel like it” has let me happily spend my pension cruising, stash enhancing (oops), arguing with the DH about where we are going to travel next and book buying. Life is good!
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2 Responses to Meersburg

  1. fbz says:

    wow the first row of photos i thought were doll-sized models of a town, how charming! the upkeep on some european villages still amazes me after moving to france (then deutschland) five years ago. your peacock sock looks fabulous.

  2. Kristin L says:

    I love Meersburg! We went to that same Zeppelin museum about 5 years ago. We stayed in the Hotel zum Baeren (third one) and it is definitely as charming on the inside as it is on the outside.

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