Staying (and working) at a motel on an island, the Ile d’Orleans, which is very obviously geared towards tourism, has got me thinking more about image recently. Filling your motel rooms, getting people to come in for tastings of your local wine, cheese and cider – it’s all about presenting the right façade. And it’s true, there are some beautiful vistas of the countryside and the river. And there are delicious local products. The sign outside the local service station/general store is enticing:
Inside, you do find local beer and chocolates. But also a lot of overpriced junk food. It’s a service station.
I was thinking that maybe, à la Facebook, this blog too has been guilty of presenting a sanitised version. For example, sunset from the motel terrace:
Actually, I had to cross the road to get this shot, because this is the actual view, complete with cables (different time of day, obviously):
And at eight in the morning I recorded on my phone 8 vehicles passing within 50 seconds.
It’s still a beautiful place, but you have to look (and listen) beyond the traffic and the crackling electricity cables to see it.
Which generates another thought. Perhaps presenting the best face of a place is not, or not only, about sanitising it for consumption by others. It is also about focusing on the positive aspects and valuing them. Last word goes to a lovely lady with a big smile who picked us up today when we were hitching in the rain: “Le monde est plein de beaux endroits partout. Il suffit de regarder avec de bons yeux.”