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I arrived in Monte Carlo late Wednesday evening, ready for Enrique’s 2 concerts on Friday 6th and Saturday 7th! I spent Thursday walking around Monte Carlo in Casino Square and the Marina - so many stunning people, boats and cars! In the evening I had dinner at Café du Paris, where you can watch the amazing life go by. The buildings in Casino Square all light up at night and it is just incredibly beautiful.
Friday…. Excited all day for the first concert, so just spent hours relaxing in the sun by the lovely pool at Monte Carlo Bay Hotel. Finally it was time to get ready, and head over to the Salles des Etoilles where Enrique was performing. The venue is beautiful inside – very small, tables laid with glasses and flowers catching the lights – it looks so pretty when you walk in! Everyone is shown to their table – mine on Friday was almost as far away from the stage as possible so I was initially disappointed but I remembered from 3 years ago that Enrique comes down the tables to be closer to people at the back so kept my fingers crossed! We ate dinner (lovely) and then they opened the roof to the venue and you see the night sky above – hence its name ‘the room of stars’. As this was the opening night, there was a stunning firework display and as it ended, Enriques ‘Fiesta’ music started and within seconds, there he was on stage!!!! I was up on my feet straight away….. but no one else got up lolol! After the first couple of songs, he told everyone to get up and gradually people did – the problem with this event is that too many people are there just to see ‘a show’, not necessarily the artist themselves and I think it was hard work for Enrique to get them all going – but you know how good he is at working the audience and he soon had most people up and dancing! Security kept telling me to put my camera away so it was hard to get pictures that night, but it was still a great concert…. Too soon, the concert was over, with Enrique inviting anyone who wanted to party with him to climb up on stage for his final song ‘I Like it’…. I was too far away but knew I had to get a better seat for Saturday!!!!!! I went to see the Maitre D’ in charge of seating (who was lovely) and practically begged him for a better seat the next night and said he would do his best!
Saturday, I was meeting Val (who I met at Enrique’s Cardiff VIP in 2011 and again at Enrique’s Madrid concert this year) and also Nicola, who got in touch through this forum when she booked her ticket. We met for cocktails at the hotel and then went over to the venue. I felt really nervous waiting to find where we would be sitting – it was still quite far back, but very central with a great view of the stage, but more importantly it was right by the steps leading down to where Enrique had walked down the table the previous night, and we could see a route through to the front!!! Nicola headed off to try and give Enrique her present as he arrived backstage – and succeeded – well done Nicola!!! As she came back, it was time for Enrique to come on stage again and as his music started we immediately ran down and sat on the steps. Again it took a while to get people up on their feet – but we got up and danced and as soon as I heard the music to ‘Tired of being sorry’ I said lets go – this was the song he walks down the tables to - so we headed straight for that table and he was literally just feet away from us! Security was way more relaxed and we got brilliant photos! He sang with one very lucky girl and got her up on the table…. Then he headed back to the stage and we managed to move forward almost to the front – Nicola went for it and got right to the front – she had people and security sending her back but kept on heading straight back – hilarious!!!! Nicola, you are seriously determined hahaha!!!! The concert was brilliant – he sat down and sang Ring My Bells (my favourite song) and it was breathtakingly, goosebumpingly beautiful J! When he sang Hero (no Hero girl) he said ‘this one is for my real fans out there’ . Again, beautiful! Enrique sang more songs and stayed on stage longer than the night before and it was just AMAZING!!!! Then ‘I Like It ‘ began and I knew this was time to get up on stage! Nicola – was more or less the first one up and managed to get a hug lucky girl – the stage was quite high so Val and I asked a guy in the front row if we could have his chair and clambered up – not a pretty sight in short dresses – but hey, anything for Enrique!!!! We got soooo close to him, and jumped around on stage with him until the song was over and he left. It was just such a high being up there with him. As we left, Val and I met Alex who was lovely, he took a picture with my camera and chatted for a bit – such a friendly guy! And that was it – 2 nights of lovely Enrique in beautiful Monte Carlo all over – but WHAT an experience. We loved every minute and cant wait to go back again…. Thank you sooo much Enrique for 2 brilliant performances and for inviting everyone up on stage – unforgettable!!!!
The first night as Enrique came on stage!
Saturday night as Enrique came on stage!
Singing Hero to 'his real fans out there'
That smile :)!!!
Watching us watching him!
Up on stage with Enrique!
Merci and au revoir Monte Carlo!
Auw, thanks for sharing your story girl. I loved reading it ! What a great time you had out there hu ? That's awesome ! I'm really happy you could make it to the stage. Must indeed have been pretty amazing to be on stage with Enrique ! LOL ! It's not something that will happen again real soon so that's great. And so nice you were able to meet Nicola and Val. It's always wonderful to meet other fans hu ? And your pictures are amazing. They are so bright and HQ. Love them ! Thanks for sharing your story and pictures ! Mwuah !
Thanks for sharing. Sounds like two amazing nights!
Thank you Hildeke and Trudie - it was such an amazing weekend! I did it 3 years ago too and loved it then but I think this was even better.... I wish he would do it every year!!!! xx
Love the pics
so nice thank you
Loved reading your story and what great pictures!!! Thank you for sharing with all of us!
Nice srory and pictures..Here are some videos of Enrique and a girl he sang "Tired Of Being Sorry" with..she seems to be Russian as he says two words to hear in the language..Also you can hear a tape with already recorded voices in the background..
I don't think that's a recording, I think that is Emmet singing background vocals.
Thank you so much for those links - I can see me and Val - still havent found one of being up on stage on the 7th, hoping someone somewehre videoed it !!!
You don't mean this one, do you? Anyway, you were there too, so enjoy.
and this one? Awesome!!!
Thanks my friend Trudie!!! Merci!