Hamburg & Lübeck

Lubeck Travel Blog

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Andy and I are a bit fond of bubbles, and so when we found out Tom Noddy, Bubblist Extraordinaire was playing at a gig in Germany we immediately bought tickets and flights to  Lübeck, and planned our trip to Hamburg.

To be fair, it was such a quick trip over that we didn't get time to see the sights of Hamburg although we had researched quite a bit. Since the show was playing at the Stadtpark we booked a hotel nearby which is outside the main city centre and since we had limited time decided to mostly hang around here. Saturday morning we bought my first digital camera, hence the flaky, experimental blue-tinted photos, and bounced off to the chilly, icey, muddy Stadtpark where we of course stopped off for a German beer.

Our main event was the evening, the point of our trip - The Exkhart Witzigmann Palazzo. For those that don't know, Eckhart Witzigmann is a celebrity chef in Germany, and the show is a 3 hour cabaret variety performance with 3 course gourmet meal. We arrived and sat on a tiered arrangement of tables with several stages in the centre and at the sides. Much of the comedy aspect of show went over our heads as we do not speak German but the individual acts were so varied, so spectacular and so brilliant that we simply had an amazing night! The food too was some of the best I can remember eating, though the wine left something to be desired. I strongly urge anyone thinking of going to go as you will have a truly wonderful time. The icing on the cake however was when we happened to catch Tom Noddy and having emailed him to tell him of our intentions to fly to Germany to see him, he came out and spoke to us for a time after his act. Andy asked him to sign our programme and he said he would come back later with it. Later when we saw him we opened it up to find that he had got signatures and greetings from all the cast and acts! We were thrilled and it really made an amazing night that bit more special.

The next day we wandered down to the Planetarium to discover it was sadly shut, so we decided to head back to  Lübeck (the airport town) where coincidentally one of Andy's old home friends lived for work. We enjoyed a wander round the town, up and down towers and churches to give my new camera a whirl, and stopped for beer and shnitzel, of course, before heading back to UK.
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