Wandering Lindau, Bavaria

Last May, my Italian relatives and I decided on a day trip to Lindau on Lake Constance, Bodensee in German. Ever allergic to highways, I took the pastoral route. Although 45 minutes longer, the scenery was well worth the detour. Peaceful meadows, valleys and zig-zagging roads showed off their colourful palette. The landscape was dotted […]

Wandering Wiblingen Abbey Library

Apologies are in order to my visiting friends who expressed interest about the Wiblingen Abbey.  Having seen the Abbey before, I wasn’t overly impressed comparing it to others who were more remarkable. Roggenburg Abbey is, in my opinion, architecturally and artistically much richer. At the time I was at Wiblingen however, university of Ulm students […]

Convalescing in Revire (Arnad) – Aosta Valley (Italy)

This post comes very late; the reason will become clear as your read further. I had decided to stay off highways from start to finish. Despite the 535 km total distance, I made little headway; there were another six hours to go, mainly due to the many speed restrictions. Chur – Switzerland After driving for […]

Wandering Augsburg – Part 3

In a previous post we left off at St. Anna’s Church – where one of the key documents of the Reformation came to be: the Augsburg Confession, presented to the Holy Roman Emperor at the Diet of Augsburg on June 25, 1530. It consisted of 28 articles of faith, which became the foundational document of […]

Wandering through Herrnhut, Saxony

When the opportunity came to meet with my second brother, whom I hadn’t seen for more than six years, we agreed to meet half-way. He lives in Poland so we each travelled around 600 Km to Herrnhut in Saxony.  The area holds special interest for me, since I researched and wrote about Count von Zinzendorf […]

Wandering Augsburg – Part Two

As mentioned in my previous post, Augsburg’s population is 259,196 and is renowned as a centre for gold and silver. After exploring the Fuggerei and its bunker, Jackson and I wandered back to the centre to visit Town Hall. The Renaissance-style Town Hall was built in the 1600s, its showpiece, the magnificent Goldene Saal, is […]

Wandering Augsburg – Part One

City of Fugger, and of Gold- and Silversmiths – the lasting influence of one family. Here I thought that Augsburg was going to be just another boring city…. Wrong! When Jackson, my friend and fellow seminary-graduate came to visit from Hong-Kong, sightseeing Augsburg was one of the requests.  I don’t regret having gone there. There […]

Wandering About Around Christmas

We were spoiled with mild weather until mid-November.  Trees were still dressed in different shades of gold, red and brown.  It was so mild that my neighbor’s magnolia tree was starting to bud with new life, just as confused as the rest of nature! Suddenly temperatures dropped and we had to bundle up. That wasn’t […]