Before we start, an apology. WordPress sent a notification a couple of days ago congratulating us. We have officially wittered on about our travels in over 200 posts….. sorry and thank you for reading.
The sun came out, John put his shorts on and we caught the ferry from Hagnau to Mainau, via Meersburg.
Cruising silently at an altitude of a 1000 feet, the Zeppelin NT on one of its sightseeing passenger flights kept us company for part of the voyage. Should you be tempted a 45 minute flight costs €370
Ken and Jacky waved us off at Meersburg.
The town looked interesting and will have to wait for another day.
Mainau is maintained as a garden island and model of environmental practices. Managed as a foundation, by decedents of the original owners the gardens both in location and planting were stunning.
Gold of the Italian Floral Water Cascade glowed as the water tumbled down.
An unusual Insect Garden with some clever and amazing habitats.
There are over a million flowering bulbs across the site in spring, in formal beds and woven through meadow planting.
A stroll through the vineyard. Wine has been produced on the island for centuries and is now only available for special guests and tastings, which didn’t include us.
Our final stop was the Palm House which hosts an Orchid Show until later in May. The Palms were completely hidden by orchids and people. We hadn’t realised today was s bank holiday and the whole island was very busy.
The ferry route back was slightly different and we left from the quaint harbour.
Our evening was spent relaxing by the lake at the campsite before al fresco eating. This is the first time we’ve managed it this trip and it was a real treat.