CORINE 2006 (and then some)
ein Fototagebuch / a photo diary

On September 24, 2006, Diana was awarded the prestigious Corine prize. Among the several catagories being handed to literary nobility like Kazuo Ishiguro, popular newcomers like Jonathan Stroud or world-famous multitalents like Klaus-Maria Brandauer, the German version of "A Breath of Snow and Ashes" won the Readers' Award.
The Award itself is a reading porcellain figurine based on a mid-eighteenth-century Commedia dell' Arte original. The white figurine is “dressed” by a famous designer every year – this year she wears Prada.
Here are a few impressions from (and around) the show, plus a bunch of snapshots from the week that followed. Enjoy!

September 24, 2006 -- Munich


Pre-Show: Makeup. This was a forty-minute procedure that Diana endured with her usual good grace. If the organizers of the show had taken the same pains to find her a good simultaneous interpreter, all would have been really well.


Pre-Show: An assistant shows Diana where she's going to sit during the show, which was held at the historical Prinzregententheater, red carpet, evening gowns, Bavarian in-crowd – oh, TV broadcast -- and all.

More about this beautiful setting here.


Pre-Show: The results, of the mammoth makeup session, preserved for posterity.
Pre-show: Chatting with Jonathan Stroud, author of the young-adult (but very popular with the grown-up crowd as well) “Bartimaeus” trilogy.
Pre-show: The spectators start to fill the theater.
The show begins: Host Desirée Nosbusch presents the Corine.
The presentation of Jonathan Stroud's award was one of the nicest parts of the show, with two actors reading a scene from the book, one being its regular voice, the second, sitting at the foot, reading the ubiquitous footnotes.
Jonathan Stroud accepts his award for the Bartimaeus Trilogy.

Another true highlight of the evening: Actor Klaus Maria Brandauer (“Out of Africa”, “Mephisto”) reads a letter by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. He's done an audiobook of those letters, for which he was awarded.

And here our baby appears on the big screen.
German actress ...
... Bettina Zimmermann ...
... was Diana's presenter.
The grand finale: The award winners and their presenters line up on the stage to have their pictures taken. Here Diana shakes hands with Bavarian prime minister Edmund Stoiber, who hosted the event.

September 27, 2006 -- Warendorf  

After a visit to the Nymphenburg Porcellain Manufacture and a reading in Augsburg on the day after the show, Diana spent a couple of days with me and my family before going home again.


So we took her to Warendorf, the capital of German horse sports.
This is the town where not only the German FN and the German Olympic Riding Committee but also the Northrhine-Westfalian Stud Farm are based.
This establishment holds one of the great horse events in Germany every year ...
... the Stud Parade.
Since these Stud Farms have long traditions firmly rooted in Prussian military life, I thought Lord John might profit from it as well.
These images are a few impressions from the Parade we saw ...
... and you'll find more info here. 
Of course I took ...
... a few touristy shots ...
... of Diana as well.

September 28, 2006 – Krefeld / Neanderthal / Krefeld

Half a year ago, my sister made a longtime dream of hers come true and opened a small cafe. Here Diana signs her guestbook.


Diana and my daughter Franca pose for me, looking out of the roof of Franca's very own first car, a Renault Twingo.

Since last time Diana “only” got to see the Neanderthal museum, this time we took her back to see the ice age wildlife park – a beautiful spot that I cannot recommend highly enough to anyone who happens to be in the region.

(Photo by Richard Jacobs)


This is the local herd of aurochs cattle

“Human Traces” is an art path that belongs to the outdoor area of the museum. It presents a series of artworks, partly integrated into nature so that you have to look hard for them, partly picking up natural shapes and patterns, like this spiral, which was, oddly enough, created by an artist from my home town (as I just found out here.
The original site in the Düssel valley where quarry workers found the skeleton that shook the world years before Darwin is long gone, because it was part of a working limestone quarry. However, it must have looked a lot like this place.
The whole enchilada: This time, customs didn't confiscate the tortillas and stuff Diana sent ahead, so we did get our “traditional” enchilada meal, and my daughter's very own kitchen has now earned its very own “Diana Gabaldon Cooked Here” plaque. Thanks, Diana! Hope you had as much fun as we did.
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