Wednesday, February 3, 2010

100 Strangers: Michel and Christian

Michel "Mike" and his friend, Christian, at the Louvre. Mike was a student in the U.S. many years ago and loves America. 
We met them as we were trying to figure what to see in this vast museum of museums. : Paris, FR

The night we went to the Louvre, Janeen and I were standing inside under the I.M. Pei pyramid trying to get our bearings. I don't know what tipped us off as American, because we weren't being loud or ostentatious, but next thing I knew, this kindly looking gentleman was asking me, in English, about my camera. I replied "It's a Nikon" and we bantered back and forth for a few seconds. Then he said, "I'm Mike."

Turns out Mike is actually Michel and he lived in the U.S. many years ago as a student at Bethany College in West Virginia. He and his friend, Christian, were at the Louvre for a concert. They recommended a special exhibit of sketches to us (which we saw) and then we all parted ways. I promised Mike I'd email him when I posted his picture and here it is.

Bonjour, Mike! It was nice meeting you in your beautiful city!

Photo copyright: Janet M Kincaid, 1/10


Maya said...

Ahhh, the Parisians. They are wonderful people! These two look especially nice!

Cele said...

I love to travel and I always try to be extra good. My mom said Americans were the worst tourist so I always try to make up for it. But really I don't think Americans abroad are that bad.

I'm thinking it is your clothing.

They looked very cheery, I adore cheery people.

Janet M Kincaid said...

Maya: They were particularly nice. It was fun meeting them.

Cele: I hear you. I try to do the same. I also try to use a little bit of the language, as well. It seems to score points and shows I don't expect everyone to speak English. And yes, Mike and Christian were both quite cheery!