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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!
What a great Story!! Love it the picture are hot and the Video`s too!! Mama Mia:)
Thanks for sharing!
Thank you! SS.... you will soon see him in Boston I see :) Lucky you!!!! I so loved Monte Carlo..... lovely place, lovely Enrique.... what more could aanyone want :)
Holá, soy Valérie. Te reconozco. Hablamos después del concierto de Enrique en la salida. Te acuerdas? Me ha dolido un poco leer tu texto. Claro, me encantó, pero al leer que tu amiga logró entregar su regalo a Enrique en persona me desgarró el dolor al recordar que en Madrid no conseguí entregarle nada, me sacó la seguridad por las malas. El viernes por la tarde unas horas antes de su concierto sí logré entregar mi regalo pero al equipo de producción y no a Enrique en persona. Dudo que se lo hayan entregado porque en el sábado al salir (te acuerdas) habló sobre todo contigo y pasó totalmente de mí. Todavía no me he sobrepuesto a esta desgracia, cuando Enrique me ignoró completamente, no me dijo nada y tampoco me firmó. Tu amiga consiguió hablar con Enrique? Y cuánto tiempo estuvo hablando con él? Y qué tipo de regalo le traía? Por favor, te lo suplico, dime si tu amiga logró conocer a Enrique. Estoy desesperada. Paso todos los días no haciendo nada más que escribir a Enrique, publicar cosas y ahora haciendo promoción de su gira para ganar un encuentro con él en los camerinos pero siento que por más que luche, nunca conseguiré conocerle. Cada día lloro y grito por él. No es justo, por qué algunas fans llegan a conocerle y otras no? Yo también amo locamente a Enrique. Por qué no le puedo conocer? No pienses que tenga algo en contra de tu amiga, ni que esté enojada con ella por lograr lo que no he conseguido yo, pero daría todo por hablar unos minutos con Enrique y entregarle mis regalos en persona. Porque probablemente no los habrá recibido, dudo que el equipo de producción le haga llegar lo que entregamos sus fans. Y ahora te diré una cosa en serio, la primera semana después de Monte Carlo me ha perseguido la idea de acabar con mi vida, destrozada por que Enrique hizo como que no existía. También me destruye el arrepentimiento de haber hecho caso a mis amigas holandesas. Cuando el sábado a las nueve y media de la noche (no nos interesaba la cena) llegamos a la sala de las Estrellas vimos una furgoneta negra aparcada frente a la entrada lateral rodeada de guardas de seguridad. Suponiendo que Enrique estaba dentro quise acercarme a ver pero mi amiga me aconsejó que no me asomara al coche, no fuera a ser que me metiera en líos con la seguridad. Y yo la muy tonta la hice caso porque me daba miedo que los de seguridad me reconocieran después en su concierto y no me dejaran acercarme al escenario. Ojalá que nunca le hubiera hecho caso, entonces a lo mejor habría conocido a Enrique. O a lo mejor debería haber llegado más antes, entonces me habría cruzado con él. Ahora ya no me queda ninguna oportunidad para conocer a mi amor inalcanzable hasta la próxima vez que actúe en Monte Carlo, pues en conciertos masivos es casi imposible acercarse a él. Cada día me estoy hundiendo más. Deseo nada más que morir.
Otra cosa, no pienses que no me gustara tu historia, me encantó y gracias por ponerla pero me duele inmensamente pues me recuerda a lo que me pasó en Monte Carlo, a los numerosos intentos que hice en vano por conocer a Enrique. Ahora creo que es tiempo que ponga la historia que escribí hace una semana de lo que me pasó en Monte Carlo, que por un lado fue maravillosa pero por otro lado dolorosa.
Hi Valerie. I dont speak Spanish but I just translated your messages - I am very sorry to hear how distraught you feel. My friend didnt speak to Enrique - he simply took her present as he was very late for the show, he said thank you but I dont think they spoke more than that. I dont think I am the person you spoke to after the concert as I left with friends and didnt speak with any one else I dont think. So many of us would love to meet him and love to talk to him, but he just cant do that - there are too many of us. What he gives us is his music and his live shows and we cant expect anymore than that from him... There are a few lucky fans who do get to meet him and talk to him very briefly, but most dont. For what its worth, I do think his production team pass on any gifts that are given to them for Enrique. I dont know what i can say to make you feel better, but i am certain Enrique would never want to think someone felt like you do because of him. Perhaps try and put what you can have into perspective - he is a great singer, a great showman and lovely to look at so we all fall a little bit in love with him but we have to respect he goes home to his personal and private life and so do we. Not many fans made it to the Monte Carlo show so maybe try and focus on how lucky you were to be able to be there - it was a great weekend and most fans on here would have loved to be there with us! I dont know what else to say, but I hope you feel better and will think about getting some help to come to terms with your feelings. Please take care and feel better xx
I am sorry, I confused you with a Spanish woman I talked to after the second concert on Saturday. But thank you very much for your message. I was already afraid that his production team may not have given Enrique my present for him and I felt relieved after reading in your answer that they probably do give him the presents from his fans. It hurts me extremely that I will probably never be able to talk to Enrique and to give him a big hug. My brother reminds me of it every day and then I go to me room to cry. I am so obsessed with Enrique, he's so great, and the thing that most makes me feel happy, what I am living for is to meet Enrique. I feel a bit guilty for expecting that Enrique talks to me but I just can't help it, I love him so much.
What an Amazing experience, thank you so much for sharing. Glad u had a fantastic two days packed full of E. Quite gutted actually because I've just found out my parents would of booked me tickets to go see him in Monte Carlo :( glad u had a great time though!! :-) X
Thank you so much for sharing your story laura,fantastic! and the wonderful videos I really enjoyed them! loved hero,hes amazing,and the one with the girl who left hubby at home is so cute! thanks all for sharing :))
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