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.
It was a group walking tour in a seaside town in Brittany, France. I had reviewed my French before taking this trip, although I felt that I had a good foundation for the language. After all, I started taking French classes at school when I was eight years old! During the tour we learned about the history of the city as we headed toward the local cathedral for more sightseeing. But as we walked, we passed a street that had something like five shoe stores with intriguing display windows. There were boots, walking shoes, and sandals, both traditional and trendy. So now I had a choice to make: should I visit the cathedral and continue with the walking tour, or stop into the shoe stores I had just passed? So let’s look at the choices again: sightseeing or shopping, sightseeing or new shoes… Was there really a doubt about this?