Thursday, September 29, 2016


Couldn't resist photographing the photographer's photograph. :-)

Wednesday, September 28, 2016


According to the hotel's web site: "In an ornate, 19th-century townhouse with a fresco-clad facade, this relaxed, historic hotel is a 7-minute walk from the shores of Lake Obensee Bodensee and 13 minutes from the Sea Life Konstanz center.

The modern rooms and suites feature free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, as well as desks and minibars. Suites add separate living areas. Room service is available.

A free breakfast buffet is provided, and there's an elegant German restaurant with period antique furnishings and stained-glass windows, plus a cozy lounge with ornate, wood-paneled decor."

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Coat of Arms

The coat of arms of Germany displays a black eagle with red feet, beak and tongue on a golden field, blazoned. This is the Bundesadler or Federal Eagle, formerly the Reichsadler or Imperial Eagle.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Wall Frescoes III

Ulrich Zasius born in Constance in 1461. After studying at Tübingen he first became episcopal notary at Constance, then town clerk at Baden in Aargau in 1489, and at Freiburg in 1493. From 1496-9 he directed the Latin school at Freiburg.

According to a dissertation submitted to the University of Chicago in 2008, Zasius was "considered by his contemporaries to be the greatest German jurist of his age and to be one of the most brilliant humanists of the early sixteenth century."

He died at Freiburg in 1536. 

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Wall Frescoes II

"Ambrosius Blarer was born 1492 into a leading family of Konstanz. He studied theology in Tübingen where he met Philip Melanchthon with whom he kept a lifelong friendship. After getting his master‘s degree, he entered the Benedictine monastery Alpirsbach Abbey.

Through his correspondence with Philip Melanchthon and his brother Thomas Blarer, a student in Wittenberg between 1520 and 1523, Ambrosius Blarer was well informed about Luther's teachings and began spreading them himself among his brothers. This led to a conflict between him and his superiors and in 1522 Blarer fled the convent. He found refuge in his hometown; Constance was already well on the way to becoming reformed so he did not have to fear the consequences of breaking his vows. Nevertheless, he kept wearing his habit." ~ Wikipedia

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Wall Frescoes

Many of the buildings along the market street (Markstätte) in Constance are decorated with the most extraordinary frescoes depicting various scenes from the city's rich history. I'll be showing details of these over the next few days.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Lone Wolf

"The wolf is a common motif in the foundational mythologies and cosmologies of peoples throughout Eurasia and North America (corresponding to the historical extent of the habitat of the gray wolf). The obvious attribute of the wolf is its nature of a predator, and correspondingly it is strongly associated with danger and destruction, making it the symbol of the warrior on one hand, and that of the devil on the other. The modern trope of the Big Bad Wolf is a development of this. The wolf holds great importance in the cultures and religions of the nomadic peoples, both of the Eurasian steppe North American Plains. In many cultures, the identification of the warrior with the wolf (totemism) gave rise to the notion of Lycanthropy, the mythical or ritual identification of man and wolf." ~ Wikipedia

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Imperial Fountain II

Otto I., der Große / Otto the Great (912 - Memleben 973), founder of the Holy Roman Empire, reigning from 936 until his death in 973. Bust with staff and orb, and a bird on his shoulder.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Imperial Fountain

"Imperial Fountain (Kaiserbrunnen): Created in 1897 by the sculptor Hans Baur, during the 1940s the fountain lost its original decorative figures. Professor Gernot Rumpf redesigned the structure and concealed within it a number of allusions to Constance’s past. A multiheaded peacock, for instance, symbolises the Church, proud, and ruled at one and the same time by three popes. This state of affairs, which the people of the Middle Ages found intolerable, was one of a number of things which led to the Council of Constance, which was convened between 1414 and 1418." ~ Wikipedia

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Sunday, September 4, 2016


They seem ever so fond of eagles, these citizens of Constance.