If I were still in school, today could’ve been an extraordinary day. I could’ve stayed up late (actually I never manage to fall asleep early..), and slept for as long as I wanted, eaten breakfast in bed and later gone out and enjoy the sun by the lake with some friends. No necessity of getting home at a reasonable hour, no homework awaiting me, no nothing..and that for a luxurious length of 5 weeks.
But I graduated a year ago..and so today does not mean the holidays commence.. Nope, today is just a regular work day.
As much as I may take pity upon myself, I have to admit working is pretty cool. I feel so grown up! 😀 So much so that taking a short weekend trip feels almost like part of the whole growing up package.. it’s something that just must be done when you’ve reached a certain amount of independence (but wait I haven’t), are able to afford a luxurious bed and breakfast (uuhm, well, sort of?) and ..oh you know what I’m not grown up after all!
But that’s not going to stop me from having an awesome weekend 😀
So as I mentioned in my Funky Friday post, I saw Natalie Cole at the Live at Sunset concert on Friday. These concerts are open air and have an amazing ambiance. The area is relatively cozy (i.e not as many people as at a larger concert) and the artist seems to connect much more with the entire audience. Also there are various food stands to purchase delicious dishes and thirst quenching drinks from. It’s a must-see while traveling though Zurich 😉
So that concert not only kicked off an indulgent weekend (remember: the truffle cake after dinner), it also set the par for a very concert intense few days (more like day, actually..), in other words (or the way I would tell you if you in person): ooooh my goooosh I’m going to go see Prince!!!!
Excitement, hands in the air, swinging like I just don’t care, yay!
Right. Excuse the slight outburst. Let’s move on to the event.
Do you remember the following lyrics? “We all came out to Montreux, on the Lake Geneva shoreline..” Those words are from “Smoke on the Water” by none other than Deep Purple, and where the lyrics took place was where I spent my Saturday night. Not literally, because they were written in December in 1971, but it was the same area.
Smaller than the Zürifäscht, and similar to Live at Sunset (sort of), the Montreux Jazz Festival is an outdoor event hosted every year in Montreux in canton Vaud. Similar to the afore-mentioned it also entertains many visitors with food and drink stands and live music, but it’s smaller scale as mainly music lovers are attracted to the jazzy-ness of the weekend by the lake. The location is amazing; there is a path along the lake that leads through the festival, and there are some seating areas built over the water. I could definitely consider living there some day!
In addition to being an outdoor music event with live music and food everywhere, you can also buy tickets to see concerts, which brings me to why I was there (squeal PRINCE!). Now I’m no hardcore fan, (Michael Jackson was always my favorite of all the music icons) but Prince is someone who has to be seen once in a lifetime, just like Madonna, Elton John and Lady Gaga (she puts on a killer show!). These artists are legen – wait for it – dary, being well cemented in to the music industry’s hall of fame and known to offer an AMAZING show, so when I was invited to tag along with my dad to see him live in concert, I could not, would not, should not say no (Dr Seuss just seemed to fit…). What’s more, the lovely boyfriend was asked to join in on the fun too!
So when Saturday rolled round, I packed an overnight bag for the night in Montreux and we all head off on the 2.5 hour drive to the French part of Switzerland. Upon arrival, we ate dinner at the festival.. (indulgence number 2).
..and then went into the music hall the concert was being held at. We had standing tickets, and the atmosphere there was incomparable with anything I had ever experienced before; I was sharing a room with the majority of Prince’s Swiss die-hard fans!
The band consisted of some of the best musicians I have ever heard, the back-up vocalists were outstanding and Prince was himself – out of this world and out of any league. He may not have sung the four songs I actually know well (Kiss, Purple Rain,The most beautiful Girl in the World and Diamonds & Pearls), but I still very much enjoyed how entertaining the performance was to watch – there was not a single dull moment!
The songs he didn’t sing we then listened to in the car on our drive home the next day, after a (fill in your descriptive adjective here) breakfast of Pan au Chocolat and orange juice (indulgence number 3).
During the rest of Sunday I consumed indulgence number 4 and got to see 3 of my favorite people in the world. Stay tuned to find out who! 🙂
With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo