NOTRE DAME, PARIS, FRANCE
Ah, Paris. As the weather warms in the northern hemisphere, it’s hard not to think of traveling. Almost anywhere. Paris is always a favorite of mine, as I spent some time there years ago and have revisited the city on five or six occasions over 15 years. The city, in fact, becomes more and more pleasurable the more you visit. A few words in French can go a long way and full sentences in French are a gold mine. I stood and photographed with a French man from Rouen in the Normandy on this particular evening, and we enjoyed the time together as he alerted me to a developing relationship that cropped up not 15 feet from our tripods. We watched a man in his 60′s seem to strike up a conversation with a girl who appeared to be in her 20′s. My new friend smiled at me and say in French, “Wanna bet that they go off together?” I took him up on that bet, thinking surely my friend was nuts. Thirty minutes later they left arm in arm, back across the Seine where the man had come originally.