A couple of weeks ago, one of my colleagues invited me to lunch with a few other members of our department. She scheduled us to leave a little earlier than normal, but I just assumed it was due to the fact that we were eating off site instead of in the cafeteria. The location of lunch was “Saint Martin.”
This morning, I poked my head into her office to ask where Saint-Martin is. This is when I learned that it’s a huge fair taking place in the center of Vevey. Say what?!?
Apparently, every second Tuesday in November is the Fair of Saint Martin. According to www.montreuxriviera.com, it’s a tradition dating back to the Middle Ages when residents of the region could be traders for a day without being taxed on their earnings. People would bring goods from farms, vineyards, etc. to sell.
Today, there are still tons of merchants out, and apparently, they still hold a parade in the morning with cows, sheep, and horses like they used to do when they were bringing the animals into town to sell.
Anyway…back to lunch! We walked into the main square, and I was SHOCKED by all of the people! There were a number of food options, but the thing to try is the spit-roast beef. Yes, they put an entire cow on a spit!!!
The line was crazy long, but the beef, au gratin potatoes, and bread (for 17 CHF, of course) was good! We even found a spot at a picnic table in the pavilion to eat. (Aside: I just realized when I looked at this photo that I was completely unphased by the fact that we were walking around a fair in business clothes.)
Tonight, I was stopped in my tracks when I saw the sunset! The sky was the brightest color of red I’ve ever seen! Literally. In the office, I couldn’t take a picture through the glass, because there would be a glare, so I ran to the parking lot. I snapped a picture through the trees, which doesn’t do it justice…
Then, I jumped in my car and hurried down the lake road looking for a spot to pull over for a better, unobstructed shot. It probably took five minutes to get to that point, and while the picture is stunning, I missed my opportunity to capture the moment that took my breath away.
Last night at Connect Group, someone asked how we would describe God in one sentence. I didn’t even have a whole sentence. The word that came to me was “Creator.” How special that the Creator painted this glorious sunset for me to enjoy tonight!