Island Hopping

I just realized that I’ve been using the word “hopping” a lot lately.  Despite the overuse, because we were so close to Easter while island “hopping” and we actually “hopped” on Easter itself, I’m leaving it.  Nonetheless, one of the islands we hopped to on the Bodensee was the beautiful Insel Lindau.  In my mind, Lindau is the perfect little place.  It is small enough to be able to walk around the entire island; there are ample opportunities to take out boats, both large and small; it has a fantastic pedestrian shopping area…and then, of course, there’s these:

Beauty in Lindau

Alps via Lindau Insel

Aside from wandering around in Lindau and pursuing water-sports, there’s not a whole lot to do aside from sitting along the water at the harbor, watching boats come in, eating Bavarian cuisine, having a glass of wine, and welcoming the sunset.  Totally okay with me.  So okay with me that we did it twice–once with the LaBarcas and again when Pam came a couple weeks later.  The pictures below are a mishmash from our time on the island during both of the visits, and I’ll try to explain what is what in captions.

Lunch on the Island with Mom

Introducing Pig Knuckle

Ordering “Schweine Hax’n” or “pig knuckle” really seemed like a good idea at the time.  After all, while Joe&Kate were here, Joe really really really wanted one, and we couldn’t find it anywhere.  So when I saw it on the menu, I felt like I had to order it to rub it in, make Joe  jealous, pay homage to my father-in-law. 😉  After two bites, it didn’t seem like such a good idea anymore.  I mean, seriously, it’s just a huge, honking piece of meat.  It wasn’t too long before I gazed longingly at Russ’s chicken and imploringly asked my loving husband if he wanted to “switch for awhile” aka “can you please deal with this enormous hunk of meat?”

Zeppelin sighting in Lindau

Cute Hotel with Mom LaBarca

The Rathaus, city hall

Beautiful Flowers

Pedestrian Shopping/Eating Area

Wisteria-covered Houses

Pretty shot, Joe 🙂

The best part of the island was definitely the Harbor.  It seemed to hold most of the action of the town, and it was the best place to relax, grab a bite, and view the mountains. Boats announce their presence by blaring their horns, and they pull in between the lighthouse and the Bavarian Lion to dock.

Dinner Spot with the LaBarcas

Traditional Bavarian Fare

Lindau Harbor

The Harbor at Lindau

The Bavarian Lion

Sunset on the Island

Tranquility at its finest!  And a fantastic place to share with our family. 🙂

2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by mom on May 16, 2011 at 3:41 am

    Lindau was the perfect place to spend the first day of Easter weekend with you. Beautiful and relaxing;; I loved it!


  2. Schweine Hax’n! Haha. I had to order one (but just one) while we were in Germany last year. When in Bavaria …


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