Monday, August 07, 2006
Place des Fetes
A few weeks ago I mentioned that a paraglider landed in a field behind our house. When the schools broke up for the summer and a huge party went on into the night (2.30am to be exact!) we found out that the field has a name - Place des Fetes! August 1st is National Day and I had been dreading it for weeks - the music from the previous party was so loud it must have been heard for miles around. On Tuesday afternoon they started testing the sound system. Pink Floyd's Shine On You Crazy Diamond wafted over the house. Well, the early seventies are my golden era and listening to Pink Floyd at high volume was almost compulsory for a teenager then! It was a good omen.
At sunset, we strolled over to see what was going on. The whole of Thonex must have been there.
I was hoping to see something typically Swiss - this was not it!
Maybe these? Mark thought they might be fondues but they were full of soup.
I love the smell of barbeques - plenty of smoke here!
A fire station overlooks the green. An ideal place for the bonfire later!
There was a 'guy' on the top to start with - I wonder who that was supposed to be? In parts of Geneva, fireworks have been banned because of the hot, dry weather we've had so there were none tonight- unusually because the Swiss love them. I heard that the Bastille day celebrations in July are watched carefully so that the Swiss can beat them for their National day!
The music didn't improve on Pink Floyd but the live band were quite good and surprisingly laidback. I was expecting more of a knees-up! However, we did see the posters advertising the next event taking place in September. A country and western music festival. I'm sure that will be a lot of fun but Mark has dubbed it the Fete Worse Than Death!