Mixing it with some Horny Swiss Types
Trip Start Apr 23, 2010
28Trip End Jul 07, 2010
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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
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.