Diane, A Broad

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  • May 20, 2013

    During our day-trip in Ajaccio, I had what was possibly the most charming encounter with a stranger that I’ve ever experienced.

    A couple of us were eating lunch on the terrace of a small Italian joint in the old town, and I was sketching the small church just across from us, when an older gentleman came up and, in French, complimented me on the drawing. He proceeded to tell me that I should make sure to get the bell tower in the sketch, and I assured him I would as soon as I finished filling in the details of the face of the building. He wished us a good day and went on his way.

    A Charming Encounter in Ajaccio by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

    As we paid our bill and were getting ready to leave, the same gentleman came by and asked to see the finished sketch. After looking at it and complimenting me on a job well done, he asked if he could draw as well, to which I responded, bien sûr!

    A Charming Encounter in Ajaccio by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

    He spent about five minutes drawing the little church for us, during which time I learned that he’s been living in Ajaccio, and in fact on the same little street as this church, since he was a little boy.

    A Charming Encounter in Ajaccio by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

    A Charming Encounter in Ajaccio by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

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