Open air musical in Walenstadt

I know I have not been very active on my blog for a while, but we are going through a move, so some of the basic things the blog needs (such as free time and a computer) are not always available.

Nevertheless, we are not arranging our new house all time time and here I am to tell you about how we spent our evening last Saturday: we watched the musical “The Beauty and the Beast” on the Walensee Bühne. It is performed on an open air stage at the Walensee shores in Walenstadt. It is a performance taking place every second summer, but this year it was an exception, as they performed two years in a row.

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Bella’s father on the left and Bella and the Beast on the right

This year’s performance was the fairytale of The Beauty and the Beast. The musical started around 8 pm and lasted until a bit after 10 pm, so the first part was performed while there was still daylight, and the second when it is getting dark.

The stage was made really nicely! It did not hide the lake or the Churfirsten in the back, and once the daylight faded, it included lights that changed according to the emotions that dominated in the scene. It was definitely conveying the magical world that the story involves!

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The stage from our seats with the Churfirsten and the lake in the back!

The Beauty and the Beast is a fairytale written originally in 1740 by French novelist Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve. According to the adaptation for the musical, a widower merchant lives in a mansion with his three daughters. Bella is the youngest and the most beautiful of the three, as well as the one with the kindest heart. The other two are vain and shallow. Gustav, the local handsome but stupid guy, is trying to get Bella to marry him, but she refuses. When the merchant’s ship sinks during a storm, they are forced into poverty. He goes on an errand to find out if something was saved, but gets lost in the forest and ends up in a strange palace, where he spends the night. The lord of the palace is the Beast, a prince who was cursed by a fairy because he had an evil heart and cared only about himself.  The merchant tries to explore the palace, something that angers the Beast who attacks him but in the end comes to a deal with him, that he can go home with wealth and presents for his daughters, but has to send one of them back in three days or otherwise return himself. The father arrives back to his house with the presents and his two older daughters are amazed and happy to get the presents. Bella notices that he is not happy and on the third day that he decides to return back to the Beast himself, she finds out about the deal and tell him she will go in his place. She stays in the palace with the Beast and through her kindness and her good mood she changes everything for the best. But she becomes homesick and begs the Beast to let her go back to see her father. The Beast takes pity on her and gives her permission to leave. When she promises that she will return, he tells her not to make promises she can’t keep. She keeps her promise, but when she leaves, the people in her village create a mob lead by Gustav and head towards the palace to attack the hideous Beast. They arrive a bit later than Bella and Gustav gets into a fight with him and shoots him. Bella weaps over the Beast, saying that she loves him and magically he is transformed to a beautiful prince. And they lived happily ever after!

The palace of the Beast

The performance was in german, which is not my strongest language yet. But it is a musical, so it is easy to follow the dialogues and then enjoy the singing parts even if I didn’t understand everything. It is already the second time I watch a Walenstadt musical and I find that it doesn’t tire me as much as I would have expected.

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The house of Bella and the villagers getting ready to go and attack the palace of the Beast

It was a really nice summer evening spent with my husband and his parents, in beautiful surroundings and with a nice performance! See you in two years Walensee Bühne!



An adventure with a good ending

I have not been writing lately, as I was in Athens, visiting my family and friends there and solving bureaucratic matters. Yesterday was the day to return back to Switzerland.

The flight was scheduled at 8:30 in the morning. My sister and my dad brought me to the airport and on our way there we saw a beautiful sunrise. Thanks to my family, time in the airport passed fast and before long I was sitting in the plane.

I like flying in spring! The weather can be nice and the views amazing! I already posted the beautiful photos of my way from Zurich to Athens in my post A beautiful flight. Unfortunately, in this flight I was sitting a bit closer to the wing, so photos were not so easy.

Part of Pindos, the mountain range running vertically along mainland Greece.

We flew towards the north from the western side of Greece, over the mountains of Pindos and the town of Ioannina. I saw Tirana, the capital of Albania, and then the coast of Croatia. It was nice the plane had screens showing the route we were following, so I could identify a few places more!

The Alps

Soon enough we flew over the Alps again! This time from the south to the north.

Is it the Salzach or the Inn? I rather think the first one.

In the last part of the flight we flew somewhere over the borders of Austria and Germany, so I saw a really nice river (not sure if it was the Salzach or the Inn) and the Bodensee (called Lake Constance in English)!

Lake Constance or Bodensee in German.

Around 10.15 we landed in Zurich. Leaving one home and arriving in another! The rest is a routine for me: exit the plane, get my luggage, take the train and arrive home. Well, not this time! I arrived at the belt and waited for my luggage until everybody left and I was left alone…  My suitcase was not there!

After filing the report, I managed to take the train, almost an hour later than expected. I arrived home empty-handed and a bit sad. During the last 10 years of my life, I have been flying several times per year. It is the first time that my suitcase was lost.

Walenstadt, my current hometown and the Churfirsten mountain range in the back

Early today I got a phone call from the lost and found service of the airport, that my suitcase is found! They delivered it around noon and this adventure ended well!