Yesterday was the start of Montreux Jazz Fest. Montreux is the next town on Lake Geneva to the east of Vevey, and while it is not a big city, this festival is world renown. I am traveling for most of the next 10 days, and I didn’t know the artists performing at the big shows the nights I am in town. So, when a friend suggested Jazz on the Train, I decided to join her!
When we arrived at the train station, the jazz band was playing on the platform.
When it was time to depart, the band split up and two people played in each of the train cars. We were on an old steam train, which was so cool! The train stopped a couple of times for the musicians to get off and perform together, and then they would rotate train cars, so we were constantly listening to someone new! We were riding in the caboose, which meant we could enjoy the music & the views from the outside platform. It was delightful!
When we reached the top, we exited the train to enjoy some little sandwiches and an incredible performance by a group of percussionists. The place we stopped for this performance was some kind of museum dedicated to these old trains. (The train car we were riding in was built in 1902, and there were so many similar trains parked here.)
This outing exceeded our expectations! It was such a unique experience, and it was so fun to share it with such a sweet friend!