30 November 2010

two pit stops and then the ocean

parisapt2back to paris. funny how paris for much of the world is the ultimate tourist destination… and it used to be for you as well, but now it’s a place you’re passing through at least twice a month.

parisaptbut, you actually stay put for a few days and rent a nice little parisian apartment.

you enjoy the city. the camera stays at the apartment. a break from the shutter is needed.

and then it’s time to return to evreux. your home base.

cigaretteand you arrive home to find a stove. for cooking. but it is multifunctional because if you happen to lose your lighter, what you are seeing in the photo actually works.

however! you’ve begun a rather impressive lighter collection so there’s no longer any need to use the stove for cigarettes.

ps. you don’t smoke. but your roommate does/did.

you pause in evreux for 4 days. and then, as usual, you’re off.

larochelle01to la rochelle.

larochelle10a city full of things to discover.

larochelle02 but, why la rochelle?

larochelle03one reason and one reason only: to see the ocean.

larochelle04it’s hard to be away from something you love. so to restore balance, you jetted off to the southwest coast of france for a quick weekend trip.

larochelle05and you got more than you bargained for. you stayed on a boat. that’s right. in a port. on the water. a real boat!

larochelle08of course the weather could’ve been better. but better to see something than nothing is your philosophy.

larochelle09you love words because of how they move you. they can move you back in time. they can move you into the future. as long as you can read, you can move.

larochelle11before your short trip is over, you visit the natural history museum.

larochelle12which, like most museums, becomes an instant favorite for you. not too big, not to small, and lovingly filled with all sorts of everything.

larochelle13covoiturage. an important word for those without cars. the basic idea is to carpool with strangers. throw away all your fears and apprehensions at the first sound of strangers– because each time you’ve done it, they’ve always ended in kisses. on the cheek, platonic french style, of course. but it’s one of your favorite way of meeting people. and also some of your most memorable conversations occur with people you’ll probably never see again.

larochelle14and so you leave la rochelle. where ironically, it was blue and warm and beautiful and everything that was missing the day before.

larochelle15every few moments, the illusion of changing seasons throws you off as you wonder what month is it exactly.

larochelle16it looks like spring even though you’re in early november.

larochelle17you take a nap. and when you wake up, you see this. which can only mean one thing: you’re nearing paris.

larochelle18ah yes. a fine example of why paris has it’s reputation as a gloomy and rainy city.

larochelle19but it clears up for a moment to let you admire the sunset. and the windmills. they’re almost like mountains to you, in how strong of a presence they’re able to command in a landscape.

and you also always wonder how don quixote would fare in the 21st century…

larochelle20tolls. you’ve never paid attention to them before. but when the total comes to around 50 euros, your eyes naturally pop out because… wow! no wonder why people participate in covoiturage.

larochelle20bback home, you dig into the tourteau with your roommate. you aren’t sure how to describe it. well, first off, you don’t eat the crust. peel it off. you thank the native from la rochelle who told you that or else you’d have probably eaten it, marked it nasty, and never touched it again.

so, without crust, you dig in. and it’s unbelievably light. the flavor of a cheesecake, but the texture of something just a bit heavier than cotton candy.

you like it. but then again, it’s rare that you don’t like something.

larochelle21la rochelle isn’t finished. in fact, there are 144 photos left to sift through. but you won’t be developing them until around july. or august. at the latest, september. so just let la rochelle fade a bit, but don’t forget it completely – because it will be making a comeback.

2 comments:

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A lovely post as alawys! That shot with the grey sky and boats is awesome.

Cheers,

Rosa

Kelly Rae Burns said...

<3 that you went to the Natural History museum :) <3