Paris January 2015 “Je Suis Charlie”

We had only two nights in Paris, and my daughter and I intended to pack as much sightseeing, shopping and eating as possible into our one full day in the City of Light. Our version of “Paris in 24 hours”.

The night we arrived however things changed, as this was January 7, the day of the terrorist attack at the Charlie Hebdo office. We watched TV at our hotel as events unfolded, and weren’t sure at first what we should do. Was it safe to be out sightseeing at the major landmarks? Text messages from home checked if we were okay, and we promised to be careful.

The next day we did venture out, and Paris was beautiful as always, although more subdued. Signs in windows expressed solidarity with “Je Suis Charlie”. The cloudy skies seemed appropriate given the terrible things that had taken place, but eventually the clouds broke and the sun shone through.

We walked everywhere, admired the Renoirs and Van Goghs at the Musee D’Orsay which was open late that night, and had a delicious meal at a cozy bistro.

Our flight left as scheduled the next day, but our hearts are still in Paris. Today, along with the rest of the world, we watched with hope and admiration as over a million people marched in Paris for unity and solidarity. Je Suis Charlie!

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  1. Kay Dougherty
    Kay Dougherty says:

    I lived in Boston when the marathon bombing occurred (4 blocks from my home). I remember being there the day the city was on lockdown and it was one of the strangest experiences of my life. I’m glad Paris managed to go on after the attack and to express such solidarity. I”m ashamed that the U.S. didn’t send anyone to the Unity March. I”m still willing to go to Paris! Loved your photos.
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    • Shelley
      Shelley says:

      Thanks Kay. It was a strange feeling… especially in the period before the authorities seemed to know who was behind the attack. But I wish I could have been there the day of the march. New York, Boston, and now Paris have all shown a lot of strength and unity after being attacked. Paris is still Paris!

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  2. Donna Meyer
    Donna Meyer says:

    Thank you for this lovely post and scrumptious photos. It must have been quite an experience to be there just at that time.I think now, more than ever, is the time for us to support Paris and Parisians, to encourage people to visit, to share the wonders of the city. When people are afraid to go there, that means the terrorists win. That’s their weapon, fear. Don’t be afraid. “Paris is always a good idea.” ~Audrey Hepburn
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  3. Donna Janke
    Donna Janke says:

    Great images of Paris on a gray, both because of the weather and the events. Paris must have had quite a different feel that day. I found it amazing to watch the march on television. I imagine it held extra significance for you, having just been in Paris right amid the shock and sadness after the attack.
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    • Shelley
      Shelley says:

      The day of the incident we were a bit unsure if we should be out at all. But the day of the march I wished we were still in Paris so we could have witnessed it first-hand.

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