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Yesterday I arrived to Weingarten at around 6pm.
In the Camino guide map which I got free from the semi-helpful Tourist Information office in Ulm, Weingarten looks like so:
In reality it looks more like:
The walk to Weingarten was pretty unimpressive and I was beginning to tire of the numerous industrial estates along the way. The rain came at around 7pm and I slept on a bench about a kilometre outside of Ravensburg, under a roof covering. Ravensburg is a beautiful town and the fact that I didn’t have to endure yet another industrial estate raised my spirits as I began the walk to Lake Bodensee.
Along the way I formed a brief friendship with this adorable cat.
In this part of Oberschwaben there are many orchards and the countryside is devoid of industrial estates and basically a pleasure to walk through. The rain also stopped and the sun was a welcomed sight.
Apple vending machines are the vogue in this region.
In the village of Markdorf I decided to get a stamp in my Pilgrim Passport
The bread and cheese diet was becoming slightly monotonous so I decided to opt for a Doner today.
First view of the Bodensee (Constance) lake. Over the other side is Switzerland.
Meersburg is a delightful village on Lake Bodensee (also known as Lake Constance). It’s from here either this evening or in the morning – depending on availability of ferries on a sunday – that I will reach the German town of Konstanz and then after about an hour’s walk enter Switzerland for the first time on this Camino.