Post by Lauren
Switzerland is a great choice for celebrities to own homes because of its characteristics of discretion and privacy. The Swiss would never start a conversation with a stranger in line or on a bus, much less invade someone’s privacy by asking for autograph.
Here are a few celebs hiding in the hills:
- Yoko Ono lives in Geneva since 1968.
- Shania Twain lives near Montreux on Lake Geneva.
- Phil Collins lives on Lake Geneva
- David Bowie lives in Lausanne on Lake Geneva.
- Tina Turner lives on the lake near Zurich
Sometimes the privacy is a nice benefit. Since I am not yet a fluent French speaker, its nice not to have people continually starting conversations with me and not able to properly answer them.
Sometimes its not so nice. One of my friends had her hand slapped by an elderly lady when she was trying to assist her getting her grocery cart on the tram. And, since US me was quite a chatter, this new lack of human interaction can be lonely sometimes.
However, I certainly understand why celebrities would find this environment a pleasant change to their over-exposed lives. And for that matter, any other wealthy folks trying to keep money in secret in the Swiss banks!