Last Updated on September 21, 2010
This enticing French lady crossed my way near Punta della Dogana in Venice last week. Even from a distance her outfit looked unmistakably different from standard tourist get-up; if it weren't for the map in her hand and one bag too many, she'd be able to pass for a Venetian native. Immaculately coordinated colors are a pillar of French chic (whether it truly exists or it's just a very rough generalization heavily dependent on time and place remains in the eye of the beholder), but that can sometimes be a bit dull, no matter how French and chic you may be. I really like how she spiced up the overall congruence with the color- and pattern-rich little bag/pouch. A very comfortable outfit for walking around Venice from dawn till dusk, but by no means lazy.
How do I know this lady is a French tourist? The day after I had taken this photo, I spotted her at the Doge's palace, chatting with friends in a dimmed, stately room. She wore the same outfit. Venice is strewn with such coincidences, but very rarely do they happen twice. This is definitely one to remember!