Louvre. I'm so excited to be going back there. The last time I visited was for my 30th birthday - I decided that for me a trip to one of my favorite places was better than a big party.
When I was a junior in college I decided to take a semester abroad to France. It was the best decision of my life. I packed up and went without knowing anyone. It was such an adventure - 20 years old, no attachments, going to a foreign country all alone. Up until that point I had never been to Europe but I had studied French all through high school and during my first two years at BU, so I felt pretty comfortable with the language. I had ended a relationship with someone the year before and I was so devastated by the way it ended, let alone the fact that it ended at all, that I jumped into another relationship to spare myself the feelings from the first one. That was bad, to say the least, all around. Years later I understood that my trip to Paris was not an attempt to run away from everything but rather the only real way, for me, to deal with things. I had plenty of time to think about everything and handle it in my own way, and, in the process, I made some wonderful friends, learned to speak a language fluently, learned so much about myself, took some very interesting classes, had a wonderful internship and lived in one of the most beautiful cities on earth.
I will forever be grateful to that city - it changed my life.
Now I'm looking forward to going and taking some more photos. I captured some real
gems while I was there two years ago (IMHO, of course) but I have grown so much in my photography since then. There is so much to see there...every where you turn there is something fresh even though the city is so deeply rooted in its own past. I love that dynamic.
Madeleine Peyroux - J'ai deux Amours