On n'est jamais tourist chez soi. It means " One is never a tourist in his own home".
I heard this French saying many years ago, acknowledged the truth of it, and then continued to not see anything fascinating in my home town, regardless of where I happened to be living at the time.
How many of you looked around your city or town when you moved there and haven't explored its historic or scenic sites since ? You only visit the park, museum, theater, etc., when someone visits and wants to see the sites.
There is nothing there for us if we keep our eyes closed.
My brother, Rick, loves history and joined his local historical society in Hamilton, Canada. He takes great pleasure in capturing my attention with his stories about this or that building, the reason someone's name appears on a street or public place, or something about the importance of the town in the development of the region. I am truly fascinated, for a few moments, vow to pursue similar interest where I live and then carry-on with my usual lack of attention.
Life always seems more captivating somewhere else.
As a writer and photographer, I often sought new places, travel to other countries and focused on the new and different, ignoring the fact that tourists travel from other countries and regions to see something where I lived.
I resolve that I will start early, will be to learn to look, see and appreciate my home town and every other place that I have taken for granted.
Will you join me by taking an interest in where you live ?
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