Monday, April 23, 2012

Une photo de moi!


I first visited E Dehellerin in the summer of 2009.  I met and became instant friends with the gentleman on the right. He'd met some ladies from Birmingham once and when he heard I was from there, he said, "Madame, when I come to Birmingham, what is the first thing I should see?"  My answer...."Moi!"  He loved that and was nice enough to pose outside for photos.  When I returned this last January, I took him the photo.  Here you can see he was proudly showing it to his co-workers.

24 comments:

Thirtytwo degrees said...

You are so quick with snappy answers. That is so funny I have to admire you for your quick wit and gutsy way! Right on...You got it right! Look how proud he is of you!

Malyss said...

A funny story! and I like the picture, very "alive"!

French Girl in Seattle said...

Great story, V. "Monsieur" is a character! You were bound to be friends ;-) Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

AL said...

How wonderful that you remembered to give him the photo...they all look very interested in it. Life is full of such niceties.

Joe said...

They certainly seem engrossed in conversation. What a wonderful response ... "moi"..

Leif Hagen said...

One day, I'll look for TOI 'a Birmingham, too, V de B!

ALAIN said...

Un magasin vraiment magnifique.

Peter Olson said...

I like your way of getting friendly with every one and to return to see them with their photos! That's really charming and certainly much appreciated!

Daryl Edelstein said...

a very Virginia thing to do!

Cezar and Léia said...

Beautiful picture and I like the story a lot, thanks for sharing!
Léia

French Basketeer.com said...

OMG you crack me up! You have captured these characters perfectly. Aren't they fun? For the 20 years I have shopped at Dehillerin they have always been there!

Kris said...

How quick witted you are, Virginia! I think I would have been tongue tied if asked that question. It's a great photo. He and the others certainly look like they think its pretty great too!

Eyeliquor said...

Nice!

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

This is an instant friend-maker, break-the-ice, and language-equalizer. Peter even got shots of me taking photos to my former portrait subjects. There is nothing like seeing "the lights come on" in another's eyes when they see a photo of themselves.

We are definitely on the same wave length today!

Harriet said...

The joy of making friends! Always a highlight of any trip. Are those Elvis sideburns???

Alexa said...

So expressive—and even better when you go back and see what it is they're looking at!

martinealison said...

Pour l'amour de la photo... merveilleux.
Gros bisous

This is Belgium said...

I had seen something like this on Genie's before and thought it was wonderful to take the photo back..
It is very considerate
Photography enhances worldwide friendships is the conclusion I arrive at today.
anni

mvmaithai said...

Virginia,

I'm leaving for Paris Wednesday, and E. Dehellerin is one of the stores I wanted to check out. Is it within walking distance to the Louvre?

I was in the Birmingham Botanical Garden in Feb. Unfortunately, it was too early for the cherry blossoms. Oh well.

Natalie said...

Funny and touching story with a sequel. So the Strangers # x,y,z are not strangers any more. How good to find the same faces at the same place some time later down the road and meet a friendly smile...

An Eye for Detail said...

Wonderful anecdote Virginia! You leave Wednesday? Oh you lucky girl you!!!

LA VIE EN ROSE said...

Great shot! Love the way he's holdig it!

Carla said...

HI Virginia, you charmer!! I can see by these lovely smiles these guys loved having their photo taken my you!! When will you be back.. Carla xx

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Such a tres, tres French image Virginia, I can just imagine their charming and enthusiastic response to your picture. Love it!