Why is it so hard to live in the "right now"? Always rushing forward to the next thing. We're always searching for that perfect experience, but seem incapable of actually appreciating it if it ever comes. And I have to say - the street signs in Paris certainly encourage this impatience. I saw so many letting me know what streets were just ahead, but rarely any that would tell me what street I was actually on! It was like being teased with all the places I might go, but never being allowed to appreciate where I was. :)
All this is to say that it took us awhile to find Notre Dame Cathedral, and by the time we got there, the queue to go inside to the top was closed. So we hurried off to try to see the Catacombs and when we got there, they were closed as well. This got me into a rush-rush state of mind and I found myself fretting about what to see next, what to squeeze in before my time here is gone. Then, thank God, I realized what I was doing and decided to just have a nice leisurely walk to the Seine.
So the photos for this post are about the Seine - Rue du Seine and the Seine itself. We walked over the Pont des Arts, which has a beautiful view of the river and the Louvre. Lovers go there to place a padlock with their names along the rail of the bridge. Supposed to be romantic. The view surely is. So we spent a lovely hour or so just sitting by the water instead of rushing around trying to see it all.
Stop. Be still. Enjoy.
GUEST WRITER'S BIO
Vicki Speegle is an award-winning screenwriter whose feature script LOVED ONES was in development at Amazon Studios and was a finalist for best screenplay. Her screenplay DEAREST was a finalist for the 2011 Sundance Screenwriters Lab, and her television pilot THE WAKES OF WILBUR POE recently placed in the finals of Slamdance.
Vicki grew up the daughter of a gay single mom turned pastor in Akron, Ohio, where she helped take care of her two younger brothers, an experience that provided fodder for a number of short stories and scripts. Her infatuation with storytelling began at the age of five when she sent a love letter to Donny Osmond, and since then she has worked an eclectic mix of jobs to support her writing habit, including 4 years in the U.S. Navy tracking nuclear submarines on a tiny island called Adak, Alaska, assistant to a very eccentric New York City artist, and a brief bout as the world’s worst waitress. Vicki studied music performance and education at Akron University before making the move to New York University, where she earned her BFA in Film & Television Production. During her studies at NYU she interned as assistant to the editor for Ken Burns’ production of THE WEST. She wrote, directed, and produced several shorts, including her thesis film OLDER, which went on to screen at the Tribeca Underground Film Festival and won 2nd place in the Pioneer Theatre Short Film Slam in New York City.
After graduating from NYU, Vicki joined Rigas Entertainment as assistant to the Director of Development, helping in the development of feature films with directors Peter Cattaneo (The Full Monty) and Maggie Greenwald (SongCatcher). In 2005 Vicki began shooting a documentary about her mother’s struggle to reconcile her faith as a pastor with her advancing Alzheimer’s. The project is currently in post-production and has garnered the support of GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation). In 2007 Vicki’s screenplay LOVED ONES placed in the top 5 of the Bluecat Screenplay Competition and won Screenplay Live at the Rochester Film Festival. Her works have placed in several other competitions, including Women in Film, Chesterfield, and American Zoetrope. Vicki’s credits include a teen comedy for Applause Films and radio scripts for Wynton Marsalis, Director of Jazz At Lincoln Center.
Vicki lives and works as a writer, filmmaker, and web producer in New Jersey. She is still waiting for Donny’s response.