I had the most amazing day in Nice to end up a great tour in France and Belgium.. I had 8 hours between flights so I put my luggage in storage and went for an adventure.. I feel so lucky to be living my dreams.. literally!!! and it was such a magical day wandering around Nice - the sun was shining, I got to spend a few hours on the beach and even went in for dip - freeezing!! but worth it to get some salt on my skin again.. and the colour of the water was A-Maz-Zing! chalky aqua blue - wow! It was the easiest way to get back from Bordeaux to Berlin - a stopover in Nice.. ok.. if I have to!! I found a magical waterfall at the top of the hill overlooking the city.. amongst heaps of trees and greenery.. and the most beautiful outlook over this lovely place.. took approx 355 photos.. and sampled some little treats from an italian food fair that just happened to be along the waterside.. and to top it all off I flew home to my love in Berlin and spent an evening sharing photos, stories and goodies from the trip.. nice..
I know it still doesn't seem like it here in the Northern Hemisphere.. as the weather is STILL overcast, white cloudy skies, snow melting on the ground, pale faces walking the streets.. BUT.. today I just feeel it in the AIR.. SPRING is definitely in the AIR. I can hear birds chirping and singing in the trees as I walk through the streets to my local post office.. even though the trees have no leaves yet.. they are surely coming!!? Something was just happy in the air, after so long of depressive dark long and cold winter.. something springy was happening today. Even the rubbish man rummaging for recyclable bottles was singing.. something intangible but never-the-less a deep and happy tune..
Touring is all about adventuring and we certainly had a lot of adventures on our last little tour of Belgium and France over the Valentine's Weekend! Deciding to hire a car was a great idea!.. not hiring a GPS or having a proper map... not so good an idea.. but you know how you just think that you can 'wing it' sometimes... well that's pretty much what we did.. We (my man and I) left Berlin very early on Valentine's Day 14th Feb and caught trains to the airport.. checked in.. decided never again to fly so early.. and waited for our plane.. Arriving in Brussels we both felt excited about what lay ahead of us... a weekend away in Belgium and France together, 3 concerts and lots of exploring and sightseeing to do! We picked up our hire car and headed into the city of Brussels (both of us had never been there before) driving and following all the signs that pointed in the direction of 'Centrum' 'Centre' or anything that looked remotely like the middle of the city.. I had heard that we must go and see the main square 'Grand Place' as it is one of the most beautiful squares in all of Europe.. we got lost almost straight away and ended up in some back streets of a suburb where nobody seemed to be able to point us in the direction of 'centre'.. ok my french is very very basic but still... I tried!! I was very glad at this point that my man was doing the driving! Eventually we found our way, parked the car and jumped on a bus to the main station so we could walk the rest from there.. freezing our mittens off.. we strolled around the beautiful old square and many streets and loved the cobblestones and little alleyways... and all the chocolate shops (approx. 1 every 3 shops).. heaven. Me and My Love in Brussels! Skip forward to the Shows in each city... Liege on the first night in the freezing cold snowy weather.. was lovely.. I played at the Live Club and met some really lovely people as well as being hosted by some of the most hospitable staff ever... hello Cherry Beer... (local speciality) and my first ever show in Belgium! Lille, France on the second day was amazing... such a beautiful city.. we could definitely go back and stay longer there.. we really enjoyed exploring all the back streets and found some cozy cafe's to relax and enjoy the watching the world go by.. I played a show that night at Lucky Ducky to a lovely rowdy french crowd - my first real show in France! and afterwards we all had drinks together and went out to another bar - very friendly people! this was a treasure chest of old books and photos for sale that we stumbled across... in an inner courtyard me in the main square - Lille.. Next day was back to Belgium again with me Navigating and my man doing the awesome driving!! we visited some old friends and had lots of navigational adventures to get there - without a detailed map or GPS!! (my phone didn't work there) amazing how much I rely on my good ol' google maps!! That night I played one of my best shows of the tour in a venue called Live Music Cafe in the middle of Brussels after having technical issues right up til about 15mins before the gig ( no sound front of house or foldback... ekkk!!) somehow I managed to figure it out after fiddling with many knobs and buttons... and then the DJ came to save the day with some fold-back!! thankyou!! and afterwards we danced the night away... baguette and croissants in Lille! And on the last leg of the journey we had to get from a small town north of Brussels - to Brussels airport... in under 45 mins... with a borrowed GPS (set in spanish) and a big whole of the country map... I navigated us to a really small back street of a very small town far away from the airport... meanwhile stress was building.. will we make it on time.. we gotta take the car back.. and check in.. ekk.. we drove round in circles as my map reading wasn't going so well and the GPS seemed to want to take is in the wrong direction... until we finally found some humans to ask... help!! and found our way back to some main roads and were able to find the little aeroplane signs to follow all the way back... time was running out and we were almost there although it felt like we'd been driving for days in the wrong direction... Eventually we got there after lots of panic.. and then praying that we make it on time!! Our prayers were answered and we arrived just in time... dropped off the car.. literally ran to the checkin... then ran to security.. ran to the gate... and arrived puffing and panting and ready to go home! to wait in a line for 15 mins 🙂 happy days.... we ended up getting the first 2 seats on the plane 1A and 1B (thanks angels) so we had heaps of room and got to leave the plane first at the other end... and got to have a good laugh at almost missing the flight!!! ... thanks for reading! see you at a show soon 🙂 Prita For more info on Prita's Music and to buy CD's or download MP3's please go to http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/Prita
(Photo Taken by Glenn Stephenson Photography in Melbourne) Wow! So ‘down-under’ was a blast!... I got to spend valuable quality time with my family & Friends.. in between gigging’ around the country – Perth, Broome, Margaret River, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney and back to Freo’ again! What a great whirlwind it’s been! With some lovely connections made and new venues tried out! I also had a photo shoot in Melbourne with good friend and brilliant photographer - Glenn Stephenson - www.glennstephensonphotography.com - check him out! This time I was surprised to feel a strong connection with Sydney! I have been there many times for short visits but never felt that before! So I looked up a bit of family history (thanks to Granpa Johnny who loves doing family research) and found that many of my fathers’ side of the family were either born or lived there going back.. feelin’ my roots’ While I was home in WA I co-wrote a song with my great friend and author Anita Revell who amongst many talents is also a marriage celebrant! And as I have played at many weddings in the past – we decided to write a ‘wedding inspired love song’! we love it.. and hope you will too!! I’ll let you know when we release it out into the wild world! (you may have been lucky enough to hear it’s first public live playing at Settlers Tavern Margaret River, or at the last house-concert in Fremantle!). I will be working on recording the new song with my producer in Berlin! I also had a successful little promotion campaign while I was in OZ, for my EP ‘After the Storm’ - download your’s from itunes here https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/after-the-storm-ep-ep/id480239676 and ‘New Life’ you can also get on itunes or cdbaby http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/prita3 and am now being picked up by many radio stations around Australia! Which is great news! You can see who has chosen some tracks here – www.prita.com.au - click on the media page - and feel free to request ‘Prita’ songs or tune in and support local radio stations. It was great to visit my home country and feel my roots again but, I am happy to be back in Berlin now and watch the seasons change – autumn in Europe is lovely.. Top 10 Tips for making yourself at home wherever you are.. 1. Spread your stuff out & put things in places you like them to be 2. Walk/run around the area and get to know your surroundings 3. Make soup – the smell makes it feel like home 4. Have a morning ritual that follows you everywhere you go! 5. Do a visualization – that you are a tree with roots reaching down into the earth and branches that reach up into the heavens… 6. Put on music and dance or sing at the top of your lungs 7. Flowers and plants 8. Have a picture or textile that you love hanging on the wall 9. Brew coffee/tea in the mornings and sit in the sunshine.. 10. Meet the neighbours – bake too many cookies and offer them around ☺ always a good way to make friends! Free - Prita’s Awesome Easy Vege Soup Recipe - down load here - - - > Free Recipe - Prita’s Easy Vege Soup