I had written a whole story to tell you guys about Paris. Then, going through my pictures I realized I could write a book about my experiences in this beautiful city. That’s what’s so special about traveling, specially alone, you are living a story that could be told only by you. –It’s like experiencing a folk tale. From my story, I will tell you a chapter about the man in the stripped shirt.
I remember I had left the Eiffel tower straight to Champs-Elysées for some shopping. My distraction with French macaroons took the best of me and I left my map while buying goodies (yes, I carry maps –I can’t use my cellphone to save my life). Walking out of the store, unsure of where to go I decided to head right towards the end of the street of Champs-Elysées. I recall walking and walking until I came across the man in the stripped shirt. He was riding this three-wheeler bike –similar to the carriages in New York with the horses except he was the one peddling. He asked me if I wanted a ride and for obvious reasons I said no. I assured him I was waiting for my family who were behind. I knew he could tell I was lying because of how shaken and cracked my voice sounded. (Shaken because my phone battery was dead, no map, and no address to my hotel – just lovely). He insisted that I trust him to get on his carriage-bike and that he would show me around safely. Taking what I called at the moment a “leap of faith,” this man prevented me from an event had I not jumped on his wagon. He did show me a good time taking me to the Locks Love Bridge, The Louvre, and The Tuileries Garden. He gave me a sweet description of what growing up in Paris was like- making jokes and conversations until the end of the tour. We said our goodbyes all while he asked me to learn how to trust old age, for he knows more of life not because he is old but because he is wise.
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