I have just left Paris for Mulhouse to meet up with Paul and Erin for a weekend at Paul’s mum and dads place in the Alsatian Region in France. But more on that later.
I have been sitting in a cafe in Paris for three hours updating this blog site with my Las Vegas adventures that happened a little over 6 weeks ago now, but feel a little like a distance memory.
Booking my ticket to Mulhouse last minute, I failed to acquire a seat reservation and have taken a seat that I hope I will not be removed from by one of the travellers hopping on at one of the stops along the way. Apparently one of the things that happens regularly is that trains are completely booked out and they will still sell tickets, standing room only. Interesting given we are travelling at over 300 kmh.
The cafe was called the Montreaux Jazz Cafe. It was adorned with memorabilia from yesteryear tracing the history of the festival and a guy named Claude Nobs and his notoriety with the music scene there. Until this morning I was unaware that Claude Nobs was in fact apart of rock ’n’ roll history. I found out today that he was one of the people responsible for getting the fans out of a Frank Zappa concert in the Montreaux casino in 1971, when someone stupid with a flare gun burned the place to the ground. This is the casino, the fire and the story told in one of rock history’s greatest songs.
I absolutely love that travelling can drop you into a situation or place where you will see small things that trigger memories long forgotten and drag them instantly to the forefront of our minds. I was thinking how cool it would be to go to Lake Geneva in Switzerland and see the statue of Freddie Mercury…….YES!!! I am a massive Queen fan and I also want to see where the Montreaux Jazz Festival takes place. I was watching a bit of it on the screen in the cafe and got to surfing for info about the story of the song “Smoke on the Water” by Deep Purple and after reading for about five minutes it all clicked.
It is now an “absolute must”……..that I go to Lake Geneva, see the statue, see the casino site, see the bloody lake and most importantly listen to “Smoke on the Water” and “Bohemian Rhapsody” while I am there. This is Wayne’s World level awesomeness!!!!! 🙂