This past Saturday Scotty and I decided to do a bit of exploring. We have been hitting the books, Scotty’s been working on articles and applications, and we hadn’t really taken a day to just explore. So we headed up to Montemartre and just walked wherever we fancied.
We enjoyed just exploring this area. With the exception of Moulin Rouge…what is up with that place? And why is it so famous? I mean the only think that sets it apart from any other seedy red-light district in any other city, is that there’s some dumb windmill. Seriously, help me out, here? Why do people flock there? Anyway, after walking around the more quaint areas of Montemarte, we made our way down to the Opera where we were treated to marching band music by these young performers.
They were great. We lingered on the steps of the Opera House for a while and just listened to the music and watched the crowds. The people watching was fantastic. Things became even more interesting when a large family gathered to have their picture taken. Due to the band performance there weren’t many spots available on these steps, so they asked us to save the area where we were sitting. And then they rewarded us with a glass of champagne! Only in Paris, huh? They were able to get enough space for them to all squeeze into a photo frame and I think they chose a great setting.
Next we wandered through the Tuileries and I had to snap a picture of the warm sun on the Louvre.
Sunday we both had lots of work to do but as we were sitting in our apartment we realized that we could just as easily enjoy some of the last warmth of autumn and still be productive if we took our work to the Jardin du Luxembourg. So we headed over. While crossing the bridge from Île St. Louis to the left bank, I happened to look over at a couple just as the moment that the man dropped to one knee and held out a jewelry box. He opened it up and proposed. The look of surprise on the woman’s face was priceless. She quickly accepted and the absolute joy on both their faces was so fun to see. I think that asking someone to marry you is such an act of trust, vulnerability, courage and beauty. And although I had absolutely no connection to these two strangers, it was an honor to witness this moment in their lives.
Feeling all warm and cosy inside, we made our way to the garden and it was gorgeous – cool but warm in the sun. And we were surprisingly productive.
And the bank of the Seine that had been so quiet a few hours earlier was now busy with Parisians enjoying the sun.
And, I have a question for you my friends. I am trying to learn more about my camera and have been playing around more with settings, ISO, white balance, lenses, etc. The end result is that I am deleting a lot more pictures. Do you have any advice? Lots of you are really talented photographers and I would love to know what tips you have to offer. I would also love suggestions for tutorial blogs, books, websites – anything that you’ve found helpful. Thanks!