Happy 13 months to Across the Cafe Table! In honor of lucky number 13 we’re talking about travel “serendipity.” Join in our discussion by jumping in below or linking up to a post on your own blog!
Briana’s answer can be read below and Margo’s answer can be found over on the Editor’s Blog
As I was digging around my brain for a time when I experienced “serendipity” or a bit of good luck while traveling, I stumbled across a lot of experiences that were just the opposite. There was the time I broke a brand new camera at a fiesta in Spain (note to self: a camera in a plastic Ziploc bag will get wet if you spend hours dancing in a plaza under a deluge of water). Then at a B&B in Florence, a friend and I overheard – ahem – intimate moments in the room next to ours. And on a girls’ getaway to Paris in 2007, fraudulent activity on my bank account left me without access to money on the last day of the trip.
Somehow, all the mishaps seem to stand out in my mind, but every trip comes with its fair share of wonderful moments, too. That weekend in Paris, for example, was filled with laughter, good food and wine, and yes, some serendipity.
On our third day in Paris, the rain subsided, leaving us to take in the sights of the city against the backdrop of a deep blue sky. My friends and I headed out to explore Montmarte and Sacré Coeur. On our way up to the famous basilica, we stumbled upon a little nondescript café where we stuffed ourselves with delicately made omelettes and crepes. And when we finally made our way to Sacré Coeur – after stopping in a few shops, of course – we found a crowd of people all fixated on a duo of musicians, one playing the guitar and the other with a drum.
We sat down on the steps of the basilica and spent who knows how long taking in the sunshine, the music and the gorgeous panorama of Paris under the clear sky. I remember the guys playing Bob Marley’s “This is Love” and whenever I hear the song, it transports me right back to that moment, sitting on those steps with my friends next to me, our arms wrapped around each other’s backs as we savored the day.
*Photo by and property of Briana Palma.
We can’t wait to read everyone’s responses!