Sunday, 22 November 2015

Karlsruhe - Germany

Greetings from Karlsruhe, it is now 1.30pm
Karlsruhe is the second-largest city in the state of Baden-Württemberg, in southwest Germany, near the Franco-German border. with a population of around 300,000.

I write to you from the comfort of our hotel, which is the strangest I have encountered. across between Hobbiton and a crazy golf course.
we had to dodge waterfalls on the way to the rooms, bit like It's a Knockout.

As it is a one off show we flew in today for the show tonight.
Not the best of starts as my car had a flat tyre, which, i must add, the AA sorted out in 15 minutes.


We left London in driving sleet and snow, to arrive in Germany to torrential rain.

But mustn't grumble, I have four hours 'til lobby call, and my room has a huge sunken bath, So after a luxurious soak, I shall return with more.

Woke up to the first snow of the year. Must have been heavy in the night, it was just starting as we left the venue after the show. Good show actually, our first time in Karlsruhe, but it won’t be the last.

Very welcoming crowd, they were starting to cheer 30 minutes before stage time, so nice to know people were excited to hear the band perform.
Talking after the show, many people had driven an hour or two to be here, last week, in Berlin, 2 people had travelled 300 kms from a small town near Bavaria to see Letz Zep.
I didn’t have the heart to tell them we played just 30 kms from their home town just the week prior.

I was talking to the local promoter here in Karlsruhe, he was wearing an old bent coin from the 1880’s around his neck, when I asked about it, he told me it was worn by his Great-Grandfather in WWI.
A bomb had landed near him and the shrapnel, although tearing his clothes, never hurt him, as it hit the coin in his breast pocket, damaging the coin, but saving his life.
It has been a family heirloom ever since, worn by his Grandfather and his father before him. And now he wears it everyday.
You could hear the emotion in his voice as he told the story. Quiet moving really.

Traveling the world and meeting new people, and hearing their stories is a thing to treasure. Long may it continue.
They are calling our flight now, back to Heathrow today, I wonder what the weather is like back home?

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