When life slows, the richness of its simplicity is vivid…
In the early morning spring light, well-worn paths are framed with rows upon rows of vibrant, fresh produce.
At every stall, small silver bowls are selected, then filled with delicious morsels that will later become the foundation for building mouth-watering meals.
Melodic chatter fills the air as locals barter for a bargain, tourists linger and friends gather to share stories and laughter.
Fresh, simple. Beautiful.
I take time to simply observe the simplicity of the moments. Moments that are unhurried, moments that are embraced.
And as a solo traveller who does not need to move within another’s time frame, I have the freedom to move to my own rhythm.
A rhythm that does not have me visit tourism offices, nor to source ‘to do’ sights. In doing so I discover interesting places, and more often than not, those wondrous, out of the way places where locals gather.
Such was the Lyonnaise market…
It’s a place often sought: some of us find it, some of us don’t.
If you’re lucky, you’ll find it maybe more than once.
I’ve been lucky.
I’ve found it, yet I’ve also lost it, and as a consequence wasted time trying to find it again.
So what is this illusive happy place? It’s actually very simple.
It’s called being home.
It’s called being with my sons.
It’s called being with my precious, four-legged family, Stanley, Oscar, Simon & Eddie.
It’s called sharing moments with special, loyal friends who never judge my failures, rather, they find ways to have me celebrate them.
It’s called reflecting and feeling grateful to have had an amazing job that allowed me travel the world, to experience special moments, and to have shared those moments with beautiful people.
It’s called being grateful for opportunities presented.
Finding your happy place?
Simply embrace simplicity…
The opportunity to capture beauty in its raw simplicity is an honour. And photographing Isobella is just that. A beautiful soul who never fails to shine with every image taken…