Mixing it with some Horny Swiss Types

Trip Start Apr 23, 2010
Trip End Jul 07, 2010

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Saturday, May 29, 2010

My apologies about the purile title but it did get you to read the blog so it's served its purpose.

France by name but the scenery is pure Switzerland. Here we are just 5 kilometres or so as the crow flies from the Swiss border. No roads here represent the path a crow flies however. Just over the border after passing panoramic vistas at every turn you come to the watchmaking who's-who of the world. Think Rolex and every other well known watchmaker and they are found in the border towns of Le Locle and La Chaux de Fonds.

It was while driving through Le Locle on the way to dinner with our exchange hosts in Neuchatel that we had one of those rare travel moments that every traveller yearns for but rarely receives. It is one of the occasions when you just stumble by chance upon a travelling highlight away from the crazy holiday crowds. In Switzerland you can pay to experience the performance of a Swiss longhorn player at a tourist venue or you can attend a festival along with all the other droves of festival goers to see the same event. The words "I'm not stopping again until we get to Neuchatel", had no sooner been uttered from my lips than I erratically pulled the Peugot 207 hire car up to a screeching halt in a manner befitting my Italian number plates.

There in a roadside local park beneath the overhang of ornate Swiss civic building stood a semicircle of longhorn players. The players outnumbered the crowd in the park although the scene was enough to have at least one local youth stop his car in the middle of the carriageway to appreciate the musical recital at hand. The setting was perfect, The musicians, in true Swiss style, wore immaculate identical outfits. The park created a picture of colour with all manner of bright flowers (tulips and jonquils among others so I'm told) that almost outdid the colourful facade of the building providing a backdrop to the performance. 

While I enjoyed the experience immensely, I must say that longhorn music is an acquired taste. One which I haven't yet acquired.
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Doogie on

My feet are really, really itchy at the moment and your blog isn't helping one little bit. Guess I'll just keep scratching them while I sit at the computer and type my reports!!!!

Dagmar on

Thank you for such wonderful travel tales. I yearn to explore that region. With literacy training, curriculum audit, NAPLAN, QCAT, Australien Curriculum - my german heritage has come through in the spelling, Fire drills, lockdowns, exams, reporting - long service leave might be sooner rather than later. Enjoy every minute and thank you for such enlightening information. No travel brochure can give this justice.

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