Jardin – Lovely, petit dejeuner – long walk to gardens – photos & more. Changed money; dollars to euros and young, Indian fellow – so pleasant- complimented my limited French. Haha! Wonder if he says that to everyone. Pleasant enough.
I can sit here for an hour – museum- Pont Neuf – love locks – & the Seine. Could I live here for a few months a year. I’d like to try.
Hazy, hot and humid – but not raining. I’m happy.
Recalling these moments, the part that wasn’t said was the aloofness of the French and the total isolation as an American in Paris. Language barriers- absolutely- limited the pleasure of being there. I recall as a young woman, language wasn’t as challenging. I recall as a young woman, being able to communicate and people trying to help me. So, yes, youth matters and aging is for the strong, courageous & totally brave. Age has limited the experience; adventure remains, but the actual engagement with others has diminished.
I am saddened by this realization. I am also glad to have the time, space and wherewithall to be introspective. I am introspective.