As I write to you right now I am melting from the heat. Today the temperature reached 97 in Paris (that’s about 37 Celsius) and even right now, at midnight, it’s a steamy 84. It wouldn’t be so bad, but there’s no air conditioning in my hotel (or anywhere it seems) and not even a hint of a breeze. If you’re American and you haven’t been to Paris before you should know, air conditioning is a rare treat. They say its only miserably hot 3 weeks a year, but I swear I am always in Paris during those times.
But know that it is not all miserable! Tonight I ventured to Montmartre where I had a lovely seafood dinner and saw the most amazing views of Paris ever. It is a romantic and beautiful city and I have loved my days off here very much. I even had a few chances to go shopping 🙂
On Monday I played at Sunside Jazz Club with Gilles Naturel and Mourad Benhamou. This was my third time to play there and it was fun as always. We had a great crowd and the people were very responsive.
Before coming to Paris I was in Edinburgh Scotland for 4 days. If you’ve never been to Scotland you must go. It is a beautiful country. I played two concerts in Edinburgh and one in Arbroath. This is a picture from Arbroath. This is the front lawn of the venue; you can see the North Sea.
I have never seen such enthusiastic and kind audiences, every one of them serious jazz fans. Quite a few people told me about the time they saw Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, John Coltrane, etc.
It’s always a challenge to see some of the cities while you’re on tour. It’s hard because I’m working and trying to conserve my energy and also sometimes it’s a bit weird to sightsee by yourself. I was really lucky in Edinburgh to have a driver who drove me around and gave me quite a tour of the city and its history. My favorite place was Holyrood Park (the queens park). I meant to visit it a second time but wasn’t able to because of the weather.
I think I am feeling so drawn to the countryside (as opposed to cities) because I am nearing my 10 year anniversary in New York! Its a great place but it can definitely wear you out.
I’m looking forward to playing in Belgium tomorrow, where I am hoping it will be SLIGHTLY cooler. 🙂 what would you do to beat the heat?!