Europe, Montreux, Switzerland

My Travel Bucket List – Montreux Jazz Festival

November 5, 2010
Montreux Jazz Festival

Traveling is one of my life’s passions. It makes me happy. Really happy!  I feel so very fortunate to have visited the places I’ve been and excited to travel to places I haven’t yet visited. There are still so many places in the world that I want to see and so many things that I want to experience.

This is why I have decided to start a new blog series called “My Travel Bucket List”. This series will highlight the places I want to visit and things that I want to experience. I am not sure if I will ever achieve all the items on my bucket list, but I certainly hope that I will! One can dream, right?

What is a bucket list? It’s a list of things you want to do before you die. For example, my grandmother always wanted visit Alaska. In 1995, she lived out one of her life-long dreams when her, my father, and his girlfriend went on a 2 week cruise. They had an absolutely fabulous time. They came home smiling and happy, armed with tons of stories, hours of video, and pages and pages of photos. It was one of the greatest moments of their lives.

The concept of a bucket list even inspired a movie, starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman.  (The Bucket List is a lovely movie by the way, you should definitely watch it sometime!) Some of the items on their bucket lists?  Race car driving, climbing the Pyramids, and skydiving.

The first item on my travel bucket list? Attending the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland.  I became aware of this festival only this year when I bought an album,  Joao Gilberto, Live in Montreux. Recently, I bought another album of Seu Jorge, Live in Montreux.  This week, I thought about more about it – if this festival can attract such amazing artists, I want to be there. It’s in Switzerland no less – a place I haven’t visited and want to go.  Think about it – a great jazz festival, stacked full of amazing artists. A beautiful country with tons to see and do.  Perfection!  I could attend the festival for a few days and then spend time touring other parts of the country.

About the Montreux Jazz Festival:

Founded by Claude Nobs in 1967, over the years the Montreux Jazz Festival has become an unmissable event for music fans in Switzerland and around the world. Its stages have been graced by all of music’s greats, from Miles Davis to Ray Charles and from David Bowie to Prince. Whereas Jazz constitutes the Festival’s historic core, other styles of music were quickly integrated into the Festival, bound together by a common thread of mutual curiosity and enthusiasm. Having made its reputation with its ambitious programming choices, the Montreux Jazz Festival offers musicians an ideal platform and an intimate setting for the duration of its two weeks.

Can’t attend the festival? Fear not. You can watch past concert clips for free at the Live At Montreux website.

What’s on your bucket list? Where do you want to go? What do you want to do? Leave a comment …

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