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Aux Champs Elysees, #1245

Posted on the 14 November 2015 by Juliezaz1 @juliezaz1


I have always had such an innate connection to France.  The “joie de vivre” mentality and the provencale sentiment…it has always spoken to me from the time I was very young.  You might call me a Francophile or perhaps I have spent my past lives skipping through lavender fields and eating baguettes smothered with brie…who knows?  The fact is that the attacks in Paris yesterday were like a personal assault.  As I viewed the graphic images of the Parisiene blood-stained rue, it was more than just an attack on humankind.  It was an attack on the place that feels like my home away from home. 12244648_10208635001659640_8573617222457598909_o

My first instinct when I absorbed the news of the evening’s horrific events was to come home and turn on the news.  I wanted to sit for hours in front of the headlines to learn every ounce of information I could.  I was flipping channels for about a minute when my 8-year-old son spoke up.  “Mom, please turn this off.  It’s scaring me.”  I turned it off right away.


As connected as I have always felt to this charming ville, at that moment I felt worlds away.  It occurred to me though – perhaps it was okay to feel disconnect in this instance.  I don’t want to think of beautiful Paris as the place terrorists tried to make ugly.  I want to remember it as I always have – romantic and sentimental and brimming with style and culture.

Moments like these are the toughest to explain to your children, but I think my son is wise beyond his years.  Thank you, dear boy, for making me “turn it off,” and instead of focusing on how awful the world can be, I will show him Paris through my eyes when I was in my 20’s wandering from sight to sight along the Seine the year I spent a summer there.  I want him to see Paris for its beauty – not its horror.  12265610_10208635000699616_819796831853837529_o

My song of the day is one I learned in French class in high school.  “Aux Champs Elysees” focuses on the hubbub of activity along the Champs Elysees.  This is how I want to think of one of the most amazing cities in the entire world-lovely Paris.  Vive la France!

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