For my reading at the Osiander bookshop they kindly served a lovely Bergerac red wine from Ch Vieux Touron. It went down well after a litre of homemade red beer at the Domhof brewery, with Bratwurst, sauerkraut and black bread, eaten in the shadow of the splendid 11th century cathedral of red and white stone.
Then we had a great reading in Freiburg, one of my favourite German towns, and last night was in the Moselle Valley, in the picturesque medieval town of Cochem, where we had an audience of 200 people in the old Capuchin monastery. My friend Brigitte Geibel, of Weindepot Geibel, had brought in lots of Bergerac wine from Ch Tourmentine to go with the roast duck and figs that we ate. And before that, we had shared a wonderful bottle of Collet champagne at her wine store to go with the chicken soup she had made to keep me fortified.
Next stop is a reading in a cinema at Bad Sodem, near Frankfurt, and then the Imperial Riding School in Vienna. .