Our last day of cycling was nice and flat, with a view of the mountains to inspire me to pedal. I have to admit that the previous day’s climbs had tightened my muscles and because we hadn’t cycled fast or far I wasn’t as diligent in my post-cycling stretches. It was beginning to catch up on me.

The paths took us through many vineyards and orchards. Each time we turned towards the lake and I could see the Alps, I had to stop and take it all in.

We stopped for a stroll in Friedrichshafen, home to the Zeppelin Museum. It’s a fairly large town with a harbour for ferries and personal boats and a great view of the mountains on a sunny day.

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Then we crossed the bridge to Lindau Insel, which didn’t wow me like I thought it would. Maybe it was too touristy after all the quieter small towns we had stayed in. But we did manage to have an Eis (icecream) and strolled through the cobbled pedestrian area before taking the bridge back to the mainland. And it did have a nice view of the Alps!

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We crossed the border back to Austria and started looking for a biergarten. When we couldn’t find one, NosyNeighbour mentioned that he had packed the leftover beer in his pannier bag so we stopped along the lake path at a bench for beer and chocolate. Lovely combination on a sunny day with the Alps in front of you!

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For our third and final night in Bregenz, we returned to the bar on the pier and to the Wirtshaus for dinner. The sunset was amazing and the people watching was fun. We ate al fresco because the restaurant was full. It was cold, but they had heaters going and blankets on the chairs. And besides, we’re tough Canadians, right? We know cold!

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The next morning, I could hear clanging outside our window. The dutiful residents of Bregenz were sorting their recycling at the communal bins. If people in Ottawa think it’s tough to sort green bin, blue box and black box, try living in Germany or Austria where you walk to the communal bin and have to sort your glass by colour. People are shamed if they don’t do it properly!

And this reminded us a bit of home … there is an Engel & Völkers in our neighbourhood back home too.

I am doubtful that we pronounce it the same way. Back home, we could probably say the Engel pretty close to how it would be pronounced in Germany and Austria.

But I’m pretty sure most people would pronounce Völkers with an English V and O. In German, Vs are pronounced as Fs because Ws are pronounced as Vs. And the Ö is close to the sound in full so in German iit would sound more like Fullkers.

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