Write2Camp in Europe

Come and literally join me on my literary journey!

You just can’t beat this place.


The advantage, or maybe it’s a disadvantage − however way you want to see it − but we change our travel destinations as often as the billowing winds change directions on a mountain lake.

“Okay,” I said to Hubby. Let’s just drive to our most favorite place in the world, and we’ll decide from day-to-day what our next stop shall be.

“You know, that’s the best idea you’ve had all week.” he said, and  gave me a big happy kiss.

I have written about Lake Constance, in Germany,  before. Where else can you breakfast in Germany, take lunch in Austria, drink an afternoon coffee in Liechtenstein and enjoy a glass of wine in the evening on the Swiss side of the lake? This is only possible  in the four-country-region- Bodensee… or known as Lake Constance. It’s like a second home to us, and  only a good hour and a half drive from our house.

We just love our trusty camp ground, and this time we even got a space that allows a narrow view of the lake between tall trees.


But before I say anything more, I have to admit — one of the reasons we drove to a camp site so close to home was because we were exhausted. Yes, exhausted from all the zillions of little pre-vacation things that had to be done. Packing our caravan has become a marathon of carrying laundry baskets full of clothes, medications, blankets, pillows, food, cell phones, laptops, Kindle, chargers and storing them all away in the caravan, so that nothing, not even a bra strap is caught hanging out between the hinges of the cabinet doors.  Maybe we are getting old, and maybe the need to take everything in question with us has increased with age. Gee, I can remember going on vacation with just a little handbag. Ha ha − that was about a million years ago.

Nevertheless, the vacation started off with a bang… or better said with a click. I was waiting patiently in the car, eating one gum drop after the other, while Herbert, my hubby, was in a gas station’s men’s room. The  car radio was playing some cool music, and not till after the fourth or eighth song − or maybe it was the empty gum drop bag, but I suddenly sat up in alert. What is taking my dear Hubby so long?  I got out of the car and marched to the gas station, when suddenly my husband approached me.

“So how long were you planning on waiting before checking up on me?” He asked a bit disgruntled.

“What took so long?” I said, while suppressing a sweet sour taste of gum drops coming up my throat.

“The lock broke on the bathroom door, and I banged and knocked and yelled on the door till someone finally let me out!”

Hubby suddenly began to laugh, saying the people at the gas station and even some customers, who urgently needed to use the bathroom, were in a tizzy trying to get the lock open.

“Now that would have made a good vacation shot!” I exclaimed. We both laughed, and then I knew − when stupid things like that strike one as funny it’s a sure sign that vacation time has started.

That evening we ate in a lovely restaurant by the sea. But even better than the food, were all the little signs,  stuck between roses and weeds, with wonderful wise quotes written upon them.  I took some snapshots of them, and am more than happy to translate the quotes for you. So in this first of the latest travel report series:    this is quote no. 1.

p1000039-kopieThe practical thing about vacation is that it not only renews your strength to start
working again,
but it makes you so damn broke, that it really gives you no other
choice in the matter.

PS….The header photo I just took this evening.
I swear! No photo shop!

PPS…I will be writing soon again. Hope to see around, and I would love for you to leave a comment. Thank you!

Author: Angelika Schwarz

I'm an author on the go. Give me a caravan, laptop, camera, and Hubby at my side, ( not exactly in that order), and I'm on a 'roll'.

22 thoughts on “You just can’t beat this place.

  1. What a way to start vacation for your poor husband…………but I am sure it will continue to be an absolutely wonderful adventure

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  2. My dose of a big hearty laugh has been accomplished😊😊😊 Especially hubby’s lock down the men’s room 😂 I guess I am wicked!! Nothing new there, right? I would have been scared to death, of course😱 Relieved to hear that your packing is also nerve wracking. I thought it was just me 😊 Hugs and hope to hear from you again soon ❤️

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  3. Oh and keep the quotes coming! I love quotes 😊

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  4. This had me laughing, from the broken lock to the little sign. You pack for a trip the way I pack for a craft show — well, I don’t bring quite as much clothing, but everything else sounds familiar. Beautiful header photo!

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  5. Meredith, I love that I got you laughing. You are traveling right with me in my thoughts. How are you feeling my friend? Hope all is well by you.

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  6. I’ll keep them coming Iva. I love quotes too, and the greatest thing about these quotes is that I have never heard them before.


  7. Hee hee… love laughing with you Iva … you wicked woman you. I think I would prefer a packing boy over a cabana boy… seriously! Hugs back to you Iva, I’m delighted that you are following my blog.


  8. Hi Diane. I know… what a way to start a vacation… But it’s those mishaps that make good writing material. :-)… Thanks so much for visiting, and hope to see you here again Diane!


  9. Were the quotes left by other customers or tourists? Artists do the same, the world over. They hide their paintings and hope someone will find it and have a better day because of it. They leave a way to be contacted too, So that they know their painting was found. Anyway, have a lovely day❤️❤️

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  10. Iva the signs and quotes were done by the restaurant owners. We had a lovely day. I hope you too.


  11. Angelika, I’m doing a little better every day 🙂 Working on new jewelry pics which btw ALWAYS need Photoshop lol.

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  12. Meredith…your jewlery is beautiful enough without photoshop.

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  13. Thanks Angelika — although without Photoshop, online jewelry browsers might not realize just how beautiful it is 😉 Good pics always help to sell a product.

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  14. Ah, so that’s where you ended up, Angelika. We love the Bodensee too; it’s remarkable. The last time we were there we spent a day in Lindau. The weather was fantastic and the lake sparkled and looked so inviting. I told my husband I want to live here next. Let’s see if we can work that out. Your poor hubby. What a start, but keep the posts coming and let us know what happens next on your adventures.

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  15. Next time you come to Lindau give me a call! You want to live here too? lol… another thing we have in common! The weather is so perfect, not sure if we will ever leave. Thanks for visiting my friend


  16. Dropping in to say hi!! Gorgeous weather over here! I am so enjoying it!!! I also found some slippers that I can warm in the micro to keep my feet warm this winter! Heaven! I hope😅
    Have a great time ❤️

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  17. Wow! Toasty toes! Sounds heavenly. So glad you are having good weather too. We got lost today… but no matter… discovered new pretty places. 🙂


  18. I have absolutely no sense of direction. seriously! So getting lost is normal for me .. a default situation 😋 So, I know that the upside is finding new places and new people. Ending up in a new hotel and restaurant, too. Sounds like it could be fun😱🙃

    Toasty toes … yuck!!! 😂😂I guess you are right though 😱 Manson will be thrilled 😅He gives me a foot massage several times a day. I love it!!! He licks my feet the most after my shower!!! So don’t get any nasty ideas😂😂

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  19. Hi dear Iva, where does the time go? I hope to write a new blog entry soon. Hope you are well and happy. Everything is wonderful… we have sunshine, but icy winds. Thank goodness I packed a lot of warm clothing. ❤


  20. Don’t worry about the blog posts! Just enjoy yourselves ☀️😊 You have earned your vacation time many times over ❤️🐾😊

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  21. Love you my friend!


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