On a cold and wet January day, wandering the cobbled streets of Bordeaux, Lonely Planet’s Best City 2017, my eye was drawn away from the impressive architecture and tempting storefronts to this simple scene. The bicycles leaning casually against steel railings perfectly positioned, the sinewy poplar trees stripped of their leaves and the rich, warm tones of the sandstone wall behind make for a simple but beautiful composition. My only regret is that I only had my iPhone 6 with which to capture it.
I have been as guilty as anyone of missing such beauty in the many places I have visited. Our eyes are often drawn to the imposing buildings in a city like Bordeaux, or even a dramatic and expansive landscape, like the vineyards which surround the city which produce the famous Bordeaux wine. I say guilty, because we can so often miss the little details, the things our eyes might just pass over and our minds somehow dismiss, but which can be integral to the very essence of the place we are in.
Maybe the next time you’re out and about, perhaps when you’re visiting a city like Bordeaux, you should take the time to seek out these little treasures. I know I will.