As we journey through life it is not uncommon to encounter situations that have a profound impact on us without ever fully understanding why, and most of the time there is no need for us to know what hides behind.
It was then, that I finally understood a purpose for the paper umbrella as I watched the illusion becoming a reality in the lovers' eyes.
Little did I know that one particular day while still working at “Le Grand Café”, I would experience just the opposite.
With a little handbag over my shoulder, sunny weather by my side and my inner child jumping up and down with excitement, I was looking forward to my first rendez-vous with Paris.
Before too long I was standing on the main road heading south of Bruxelles and with a touch of shyness began waving a piece of paper with “PARIS” written on it.
As I waved farewell to my “back in time” automobile I was filled with great anticipation for the next episode to unfold.
After barely enough time for one commercial, my next form of transportation pulled over. This time it was a VW and the occupants were a young couple (actors) on the way to Lyon for their theatre performance. They were very happy to take me on board and drop me off in Paris.
It was a reunion I had never dreamed of.
I felt the sound of her voice and made my way into the nearby corner bar.
She was everywhere. Her face was young, old, happy, sad or deep in thought.
Her passionate sound had awaken every single cell in my body and a heartfelt ecstasy started to flow down my cheeks. While embracing a glass of rose with my trembling hands, I was lost in the vibrations of her soul.
Song "Non, je ne regrette rien"
Photos of Edith Piaf from the Google search "images for Edith Piaf"
Remaining photography by Olga Kulanowska
Drawings by Olga Kulanowska