So, after reading all about the OAE’s last week in Europe it was now my turn to join the tour for the last few days. Once again the orchestra found themselves on a charter plane, this time to Karlsruhe from Stanstead airport. Having the charter plane was a sheer delight with a very smooth check-in and no other passengers within a mile of our boarding gate! (The rest of Stanstead was chaos!). The Christmas turkey meal we were served on the plane was not so much of sheer delight, but filled a growling tummy all the same!
After a short transfer to our hotels, in Baden-Baden an hour to check-in and rest (?!), we were picked up and taken to the Festspielhaus for the rehearsal & concert.
It was dark by now, so didn’t get to see much of Baden-Baden ( so good they named it twice? Sorry had to get that in somewhere….) en route to the concert hall, apart from lots of white Christmas trees!