Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Harping On The Metro

Last metro, sleep and woozy after the pub, the restaurant, the bar before the restaurant, and the cleaning out of the blocked toilet swimming in, well, you know what, before the bar before the restaurant...




So there I was, on the metro heading back home to La Motte-Picquet Grenelle on good old line 8, Créteil Préfecture to Balard, only 15 minutes to wait sometimes on that line instead of the usual 2 or 3, but never mind...





Get on the metro, standing swaying, and start to hear some people saying - go on! play something!!! And slowly a shy girl unwraps her harp, yes, a man-sized harp and starts to play for us, timid, unassuming, unexpected.

A magic Paris moment... I think that's why I live here...


© Sab Will / Paris Set Me Free 2005
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Section Updated: Transport
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7 comments:

Anne said...

I love when things like this happen in Paris.
Great pics!

frankie said...

Fa-bu-lous!

Mdx said...

This had to rock. U never see those being played on public transport. Now has been documented.

Paris Set Me Free said...

Thanks for your comments. It was a very soft moment, it wouldn't have touched everyone, but you can see that the people around her were very touched, and that makes the moment beautiful. Waiting for the next one...

kpgallant said...

Early morning, 22 december in San Francisco and my eyes are full of tears as I read this. Thank you..Merci! I am lucky enough to get to Paris every five or six months and just returned the end of november from an exceptionally special visit there, but the thing that made your post so special is that when I am there the #8-Balard/Creteil-Prefecture is my line as I always stay in the 7eme close to Ecole Militaire. I remember once when I was leaving Paris for the US and on the Metro a man got on with an amplified accordion and sat across from me and started to play; it was as if he was there just for me to say adieu but not good-bye. I will cherish the memory all my life.
By the way, waiting 15 minutes for a train is nothing in SF...and then it moves at a snail's pace!! I'll take the Paris Metro anyday!! Thanks again...and Joyeux Noel!!! KPGallant

Eric said...

I am jealous. Wish I had been there at this very moment ;))

Paris Set Me Free said...

Eric, thanks for stopping by!

kpgallant (may I call you 'kp'?!) - I was very touched by your comment. That's what makes it all worthwhile in the end.

You can walk through the crowds not really seeing things, and I did this for quite a few years as I fell into the 'metro-boulot-dodo' trap (train-work-sleep for non-French speakers - the daily grind in other words!).

Then through a few very personal events I rediscovered both my love for Paris and my ability, and need, to really look at what was going around me again, and try to capture what I saw, somehow. I often say that Paris has saved me more than once. It may now be more than twice, and counting, but I can say that this city and all it represents inspires me greatly, and I try ever day to see beauty, or at least truth in what it is showing us. Thanks again, kp.

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