Finally I managed to finish off editing all those shots, it´s been taken me longer than I actually had thought it would take me…laziness and more need to edit stole my time ^^
It´s a vibrant mix of nature, churches, street shots and of other important buildings o the city – thus everyone should find something to like 😉
But now – have a look and enjoy!
Last night I spent again with photographing the fireworks that my neighbours were financing – thanks for that 😀 So yeah, had nothing else to do when being alone, so enjoy the gallery hiding behind the link!
It had been hard to motivate myself to keep going and not go home – the only reason was that I had already invetsed money and somehow…going back to Hamburg also did not sound too promising. I also wondered if I should be going to Karlsruhe on Thursday – but when you´re reading this, it is where I am. In Karlsruhe, for Apocalyptica – again.
05.11.2016 – Rouen
The day after the misery of show, and I was tired and fully in backpain, including a freakin swollen eye (no idea how that happened, but cooling, much drinking and and and kinda make me look like a normal human being again en course of the day). I felt crippled, and my mood was so low it could have not gotten any lower – but after paying the hotel, we started the drive to Rouen, taking around 4-5hours. Always hoping the rain would just stop and sunshine would brighten up the mood, and it even did. Here and there, before the sun was hiding behind dark clouds again, it was a coming and going.
And boy…finding out how to get to the hotel…the GPS led us all around when entering the address, and when we searched for the hotel in the GPS it was working after struggles but…we got to see the surroundings of the hotel and were certain that we do not want to walk around there…that was for sure.
Instead we first made a first stop then at the venue after having changed and relaxed a bit and decided on going for a walk aroun the city instead of queueing there in the cold. It wouldn´t have made any sense, especially because it got raining a lot shortly before doors opened and I was not in the mood to get soaking wet. not after the performance I had seen the day before.
But we got in after doors had opened and it all was pretty relaxed, and I even ended up in row 2 just where I wanted to be standing – I think that´s a pretty good outcome and so was the show. Tipe´s singing improved quite a bit compared to the day before, also less mistakes in the cello playing and it really had become far more fun, and I really enjoyed it. And I always loved the interaction between band and audience, and today was then not any different.
After the show it was time to wait for the band, in the windy and cold outsides of the venue – had a nice view as it was close to the river and the lights nicely reflected, but…cold. And it took long but it was worth it, clearly. I always feel like a stalker though when waiting there. And the longer I follow the band, the worse it actually feels…it is less and less becoming my cup of tea somehow.
And right when the band had vanished into the bus, the wind turned extreme and all of a sudden it was raining/hailing and you were hardly able to walk straight…it was freaking crazy and the rather short way to the car felt like kilometers…and the shower at the hotel was even better then after this kind of a experience 😉
06.11.2016 – Lille
It was a late going to sleep last night, and the night had been too short. Again. The rings under my eyes had been growing, but at least my right eye wasn´t too swollen anymore. But still, I felt more like a zombie, uncommunicative and unsocial at its best.
As we had promised to drop off a fellow fan after an hour on our way from Rouen to Lille, I kinda stayed silent for that time because my French sucks and it was a good excuse to just doze off and daydream in the back of the car. Many thoughts on my mind, positive ones mostly because music is my medicine.
The hotel in Lille…well. Literally around the corner of the venue, which was the perfect thing ever. But getting tere and also to the underground parking lot…jeeeez whata struggle again, I really have no idea what French people were thinking when creating all these streets…gets me aggressive just when thinking about it, really.
The room itself, really amazing. A big shower, with bathtub, an overly comfy bed and quite a lot of space…and it was a good day, even though my stomach didn´t really like the day, I had eaten something bad and felt really stomach sick since the early afternoon hours so I didn´t do as much sightseeing as I had actually planned to be doing.
The show itself…frontrow, where I always belong. And it was a great show, I really enjoyed it. And…there was a surprise – they played “Path Vol II” with Tipe as a singer, and fuck this was sounding just amazing! I felt like lightning struck me when they played the first tunes, it was just…a surprise from another planet. It was amazing, I really hope they will play it again!
After the show it was waiting time again, in the cold. And it felt much longer than in Rouen – maybe because I was slightly annoyed by waiting but I did it anyways.
And looking back at it, it was again just the right thing to do but my feet and hands were freezing off so badly and the shower couldn´t warm me up anymore. I was curled up then in this 2ppl blanket as if I was stuck in Lapland in winter. Outside. I was just freezing and not getting warm again…
It is kinda hilarious to be writing cheerful things now, on a day where the US decided on chosing a president that scares off the whole world, making people wonder what misery he will bring.
But in these moments, looking back to a nice trip is also the right to do, I´d say. More or less nice. But you´ll soon know more about the reasons for this “more or less nice” 😉
03.11.2016 Hamburg -> Paris
It is kinda funny for how long I had been worried that my flight might not even happen due to strikes going on, but as at the start of the week was clear – all good. And that´s why I happily drove to the airport , all relaxed and looking forward to being out of Hamburg for a few. And I was surprised how fast I was all checked in, had dropped off my luggage and went through the security controls (and yessss, they finally have body scanners – makes things so much easier and faster!) and then still had like 1,5h until boarding.
And this time I really hated waiting, I just wanted to get ging, to get out of Hamburg and to turn off the mind. But first the boarding was delayed, and then the flight decurity had forgotten to register us and we needed to wait yet another 20min to actually get onto the rollway. During the flight, I was mostly napping with my headphones and music on, just when we were approaching I woke up and enjoyed an amazing view out of the window, down onto all the lights coming from streets and such…what a view! Even the Eiffel Tower was visible when approaching the airport in paris – was kinda cool.
What then followed was less cool – going to the station where I had to go cost me fucking 10€ (hilarious!) and then I still had to walk quite a distance, and that through creepy surroundings. Really, it is not easy to get me scared and insecure, but this walk with my suitcase really did. And arriving at the “hotel” it did not get any better to be fully honest.
The room was…well, it probably wasn´t renovated or hadn´t seen paint for the past 20 years, tiles were coming down the wall, the bed was terrible as you were able to feel everything that was in the mattress, the window bar came down when I just had closed the window again, and the dude at the reception was really creepy.
Being totally exhausted, frustrated and whatnot, I needed to get something to eat and drink – and pretty much failed because it had become so late already, that everything was closed down and supermarkts were nowhere to be really found. Ended up having cereal bars that I had packed in Hamburg and water.
I wa shappy to get out of the hotel pretty early, and went to the station also to grab some food because I was more than just starving. BUt just getting to the station…I guess I walked twice the distance it was away from the hotel, simply because I am a master at getting lost…hopeless case.
The train ride with TGV in first class was neat again, silence and being able to nap and just relax – and charge the phone again, as it is just terribly quickly losing its energy. Maybe it is really time for a new one, because it more and more turns into crap.
After I arrived at Nancy station, I waited for my two friends to pick me up and go to the hotel that was close to the venue of Nancy on the Rocks, where in the evening Apocalyptica also played. It was just the way that I had initially planned to walk, as there was no public transport going there, but no chance. Already too tired there.
The hotel was far better, comfy big bed, nice shower…I really liked it. Got changed, did a little bit of sightseeing and then went to the festival, picked up press and photo pass, and then photo time again. It felt good, really – I had kinda missed it, even though being the only non.French person and stuck in between people who mostly cannot speak english properly was a challenge. And then there was Apocalyptica…no Franky Perez singing, which was the first downfall when I got the news. I think I looked liked I had seen a monster when I was being told this…and it got even worse.
Far worse. At first we feared that it would be instrumental songs only, but then well…Tipe, their former singer, joined them and seriously – his singing performance was, after the first song, really far off. And it sounded terrible – just as the band´s playing was. Many times off key, not hitting the tunes fully…
I was seeing just the worst show of the band that I had seen of all those that i had seen in the past 11 years…I cannot tell HOW gutted and upset I was. It was terrible.
I really wondered if I should just go home and drive back to Hamburg, but I decided against it because many things were already booked and I had looked forward to it and it just had to get better. Much better. Something told me that it just had to be like it…
I am sure you all waited for it and wondered when I´d be sharing those holiday photos taken with a proper camera and not just those snapshots with my phoen camera. And here you go now – i took a while to go through all those masses of photos, sort them, edit them, copyright them…
Enjoy them in 3…2…1…
Parga & Surroundings
Ammoudia & its river delta
River walk in the river Acheron (when the water was still “doable”)