Monday, October 31, 2016

Abbey Cathedral

Abbey Cathedral of St. Gall

"The Abbey of Saint Gall (German: Abtei St. Gallen) is a Roman Catholic religious complex in the city of St. Gallen in Switzerland of a dissolved abbey (747-1805). The Carolingian-era monastery has existed since 719 and became an independent principality between 9th and 13th centuries, and was for many centuries one of the chief Benedictine abbeys in Europe. It was founded by Saint Othmar on the spot where Saint Gall had erected his hermitage. The library at the Abbey is one of the richest medieval libraries in the world. The city of St. Gallen originated as an adjoining settlement of the abbey. Following the secularization of the abbey around 1800 the former Abbey church became a Cathedral in 1848. Since 1983 the whole remaining abbey precinct has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site." ~ Wikipedia

Sunday, October 30, 2016


Wheels of the BR 01-519 refitted for service beginning in 1991.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

BR 01

"The Deutsche Reichsbahn-Gesellschaft's BR 01 steam locomotives were the first standardised (Einheitsdampflokomotive) steam express passenger locomotives built by the unified German railway system. They were of 4-6-2 "Pacific" wheel arrangement in the Whyte notation, or 2′C1′ h2 in the UIC classification. The idea of standardisation was that it would reduce maintenance costs; i.e. if a BR 01 whose engine shop was in, say, Berlin broke down in Dresden, instead of having to ship the necessary part from Berlin and take the locomotive out of service, a part from the Dresden shop could be used as all of the engines, parts, and workings were exactly the same and produced nationwide. Thus it was a 'standard' product for engine shops." ~ Wikipedia

Friday, October 28, 2016


"Konstanz has multiple train stations. The Konstanz Hauptbahnhof is the main station and is located in the old town. It's the last German stop before the Swiss border, and is therefore served by both German and Swiss trains. Hourly direct trains from Zurich Main Station (1hr 20min) go via Zurich Airport. Zurich Main Station has excellent connections to the rest of Switzerland as well as Italy, Austria and France." ~ Wikitravel

Thursday, October 27, 2016


Remember yesterday's cheesecake? What if good ol' Jan could have washed it down with something for the Corso Bar? I can only imagine he would have been appalled at what had happened to his neighborhood. :-)

Wednesday, October 26, 2016


Just had to smile at the idea that Jan Hus might have indulged himself in a little cheesecake had this restaurant been next door to his house while he was still living. :-)

Tuesday, October 25, 2016


Saw this in an art shop in Constance and couldn't pass up the chance to photograph it.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Trinity Church

My rough translation:

Trinity Church

Former church of the Augustinian hermits monastery. Built in 1268. Baroquization dates to 1740. Frescoes on the arches are from the Council time [Council of Constance, 1414-1418]. Rich murals by Constance painters Storer 1635, Stauder 1733, Spiegler 1738 and Marie Ellenrieder 1844.

The church is in the old town (Altstadt) section of Constance.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Tale of Two Priests

Saw these to sculptural pieces through a shop window. I have no idea or not whether they were really made to represent priests. But to my mind they look like priests, so priests they are. And now you know my tale. :-)

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Karl Steuer

Karl Steuer (1908 - 1962), a locally well known humorist, who is famous for his performances at the local carnival.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Monday, October 3, 2016


Just enjoyed the blossoms here on Sankt-Stephans-Platz in Constance.