The mist that hung in the air did not deter me from opening the door, and setting out to the market. I shuffled down to Ile St. Louis, past Hemingway’s home, and through Rue Mouffetard to Place Monge where the market can be found. Markets look so inviting in the rain with their covered roofs and warm lights. The smell of roasted chicken permeates the little enclosures until you walk past a cheese stand. Then, a new odor takes over.
A young woman assisted me with the necessary produce for the day. I asked her what was fresh, and she replied that the apricots were sweet as she offered a hand-sliced piece. I showed my approval with a purchase to bring home. We then had a language lesson on garlic. I taught her the English pronunciation, and she taught me the French word: ail. I knew that this was the French word for garlic, but I’m so afraid to butcher the language when I speak. She was kind enough to let me photograph some of her produce. Be careful with photography at markets. Some will have signs prohibiting it. Support the local farmers by purchasing something, even if it is small, and kindly ask to take photos. Otherwise, be discreet, and try not to get in the way of their business.
I brought my goodies home to place in the refrigerator. Just as my apartment door was closing, I opened it again to go to my next destination. I was very fortunate to have good company for lunch. My tour guide from last year is finishing a tour, so we met up for a bite to eat. It was such a refreshment to talk with someone I know, in a language I understand. She is a kind, supportive person, and I enjoyed catching up.
There was a question she asked me about what future I see with travel, writing, and photography. As I write this post I can’t help but be excited about the prospect of having a future in one of these areas. I believe in the very cliche statement that everything happens for a reason. It is interesting to think of the steps that have led me to where I am, and how future steps will lead me further. How electrifying to think of the possible path ahead.
Does anyone else get excited thinking about the possible future?