Late Autumn Splendor on the Bodensee, Germany, 11-2014

We awoke to the most glorious autumn day. The lighting was pristine, the skies were clear, and the air was fresh. It was a great day for a stroll on the Bodensee. We pulled out our maps of Lake Constance and set out to explore a wildlife preserve in nearby Germany to revel in the beautiful fall weather. The nature reserve is located on the Bodensee in the state of Baden-Württemberg and is made of of natural grassland and swampy reeds along the shores of the lake. The area is great for hiking and wildlife viewing. All kinds of year round and migrating birds inhabit the reed and its a great habitat for a variety of other small game as well such as squirrels, foxes, and deer.

After hiking for some time we happened to eye the towering steeple of a distant church in the quaint town of Eriskirch surrounded by apple orchards. We came upon a charming local restaurant called the Mozartwirt and there we enjoyed a succulent duck meal with a delicious sauce served with bread and potato dumplings, baked apples, and accompanied with the ubiquitous German Blaukraut. I am normally not fond of red cabbage but this dish was super yummy! We spoke with the restaurant owner who told us that it was a secret recipe but we thought we had detected hints of cinnamon and cloves, nevertheless the cabbage paired well with the fowl and added a slightly sweet taste to our meal. I’m now a true believer and a staunch convert to freshly made Blaukraut. Superlecker! We paired our meal with a regional Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir) and our meal was a perfect ending to a perfect crisp autumn walk along the shores of the Bodensee.


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