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Germany, Friedrichshafen and the German Language

Friedrichshafen Germany Lake Constance Bodensee

“My philological studies have satisfied me that a gifted person ought to learn English (barring spelling and pronouncing) in thirty hours, French in thirty days, and German in thirty years.”                                                                                    Mark Twain, ‘A Tramp Abroad –That Awful German Language’

There was a long sweeping and exceedingly sociable waterfront where we walked for a while and before very long selected a table at a bar with an expansive view of the water and in the full glare of the midday sun.  A glance at the menu confirmed my excellent judgement in earlier purchasing a German phrase book at the airport because the menu interpretation looked especially tricky with very few words that meant anything to me.

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Germany, Friedrichshafen and Lake Constance

Friedrichshafen Lake Constance Bodensee Germany

“Germany? You’re going on holiday to Germany? But why?”  I am willing to bet that this question/response never arises if you tell people you are travelling to Italy or France. Probably not Japan or Russia for that matter.  No, there’s something about travelling to Germany that requires an explanation.  Or should that be, there’s something about British people that requires an explanation if you are travelling to Germany and although I encountered this reaction before going to Friedrichshafen I didn’t really feel that I really needed to explain myself.

The time was right to visit Germany at last or maybe it was just simple opportunism.

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Black Forest, a spot of bother with a Cuckoo Clock

Gengenbach Germany

Despite the detour Kim navigated us back to the main road and suddenly there was a complete change in the weather, the clouds parted and let the sun through and there was a late afternoon blue sky.  We were glad of this because this meant that we could return to Gengenbach to try and get the pictures that we wanted.

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