It was a pleasant spring day in the Brittany region of France. I strolled along taking pictures of the buildings, which were very appealing. I had a new camera I’d bought only two weeks before the trip so I could take crisp, clear pictures. I’d get the camera out of its case, take pictures and carefully put it back in the case. As I looked around I saw a carousel. I’d noticed carousels in other towns and villages but hadn’t taken any pictures of them. This seemed like the perfect opportunity so I pulled the camera out of its case. And then it happened. The camera dropped out of my hand and landed on the cobblestone street. It didn’t just hit the ground – it bounced several times as I stood there unable to keep it from happening.
After many months of planning and preparation, it’s just about time to go to Italy. So now I’m going to start packing. Let’s see: I need to leave room in the suitcase for souvenirs such as scarves, Venetian glass jewelry and chocolate. Well, never mind the chocolate. It rarely makes it home.