It was only a few weeks ago that we were staying by the shores of Lake Geneva (Lac Leman in French) at the start of an 8 day Swiss holiday. We chose to start our trip in Montreux partly because our London based daughter, Mlle, is working in the music PR industry and wanted to get a feel for the town where the world-famous annual jazz festival takes place.
I hadn’t realised until I checked our souvenir programme (picked up at one of the cafes) that the 2 week festival kicked off last night! Founded by Claude Nobs in 1966 (hence the name of the main street), the Montreux Jazz Festival has been an annual fixture for over half a century. Even out of season, we felt the spirit of the festival everywhere. The ambience was particularly special at night when the lights came on.
Each evening we did a walk along the lakefront from our hotel (the Eurotel) just a stone’s throw from the one of the main festival venues, Miles Davis Hall. We wandered through the adjacent gardens with statues of music legends set amongst the flowers in the shadow of the iconic Montreux Palace Hotel.
The rainy weather must have deterred people from venturing out as we more or less had the place to ourselves. It must be a different story in the heart of the summer when the festival kicks off! Alas our budget did not extend to staying in the Montreux Palace itself with its magnificent “Belle Epoque” facade, but we did treat ourselves to a meal there on our last night in Montreux. More tales from Montreux to come!
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