Accordion Souls – Paris, France – Somewhere In Time Travel Photo.
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One of my favorite things about traveling through Paris and Italy were the random accordion players that would line the train stations or jump on a train right as it was about to take off. I loved it. I grew up with my father playing the accordion and I didn’t think that anyone else even played one but the instrument is definitely alive and well in Europe. Randomly, I even ran into an accordion player on the hike in Cinque Terra! It was totally unexpected but fit perfectly with the surroundings. It really is an amazingly soulful little instrument.
Imagine this: You are on a train about to embark on a new adventure and a man jumps on at the last minute, right as the train is about to leave, and starts playing his mournful songs as the journey begins. Then he starts singing. What could be better? It’s like the world is giving you a soundtrack for your travels! It’s beautiful! In Paris all sorts of musicians played in the metro lines – one time I even saw a 6+ piece band playing old French songs! I’m sure you grow immune to it over time but really how can you be a bad mood on the way to work when you heard these amazing French songs on the metro? Oh Paris. Perfect in every way.
Well this guy was kind of a loner. He had the entire hallway to himself and the sound just echoed down the hall, like it was calling out to me. Whenever I see this photo of Paris, I remember walking through Paris, being in love with the city and thinking to myself that I never want to leave. Then I think of my dad and my family back home and wonder how I can get them all to move with me to Paris so my father can play his accordion proudly in the street. Nothing could be ever be wrong with Paris, most definitely not the moveable soundtrack that follows you wherever you go.
Has anyone else had similar experiences in their travels?
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