The always intriguing Strange Maps has a very useful map of Liechtenstein showing the eleven enclaves (some of which are possibly exclaves) into which that tiny principality is divided. They are (in alphabetical order) Balzers, Eschen, Gamprin, Mauren, Planken, Ruggell, Schaan, Schellenberg, Triesen, Triesenberg, and Vaduz.
Tiny Enid is thought to have spent some time dwelling in a chalet in Planken, though no plaque or inscribed stone exists to mark what might, after all, be just a rumour put about those seeking to muddy the waters of the plucky totâ€™s biography, if a biography can be said to have waters. I shall have further words to say about those who sow confusion in the field of Tiny Enid life studies shortly, and they will be stern words, sulphurous ones, declaimed from a platform, a platform I hope to erect in Planken itself, or failing that, in Schaan or Balzers. The platform will be made from expensive wood, as you would expect, but the carpenters will be cheap, if I do my homework, which involves consulting a directory of Liechtensteinian carpenters and other woodworkers and ranking them according to price. Such an activity can becalm the most anguished of souls.
Apparently, Liechtenstein is the only landlocked country in the world which is surrounded by other landlocked countries. If you exclude Uzbekistan, that is. Which obviously you should.
Richard : I expect an enraged Uzbekistani Hooting Yard reader will give you a ticking off for that comment.
I am an Hooting Yard reader of Uzbek descent, and finding myself enraged I wish to remonstrate with you in the strongest possible terms. Well… maybe not the strongest possible. Certainly strong though. If you’re lucky I might only scold you, that will be the very least you can expect. If you’re not so lucky, or if I become intoxicated by the force of my feelings, which is quite likely given my Uzbek ancestry, the ticking-off may become a firm reprimand, rising at its peak to a terse upbraidment.
Let that be a warning to you.