The title of this post sounds impossible. How could you ever go to Paris for ONE day? I went to Paris for a conference with my company and they granted me ever-so-graciously one day to look around this enchanted city.
Oh, and there’s a catch. I went to Paris the Monday after the attacks happened on Friday, Nov. 13th.
So, this glorious city that I had manifested in my mind was empty and had a very somber feeling. It was hard to completely enjoy myself when something so tragic happened very recently. I felt bad if I looked like I was having the time of my life during the country’s mourning period. Even if I tried to forget the threat on the city, I was quickly reminded of the potential danger. I remember sitting at the Seine river and enjoying the beautiful view before my moment was interrupted by police sirens and 5 police cars flying past me.
Everything was empty. My biggest regret-I didn’t go inside the empty Louvre.I could have had the whole museum to myself. Why didn’t I go in? Because the heavy military presence and the non-stop sirens I heard all day made me paranoid to enter an enclosed museum. “What if they were to attack the Louvre while I’m inside,” I thought. So stupid. So. Stupid.
Despite the after math of the recent tragedy, I saw every tourist thing possible. The Eiffel Tower, Seine river, Arc de Triomphe, Avenue des Champs-Élysées, the Norte Dame, le Marais, Jardin du Luxembourg, Tuileries Garden and Place de la Concorde.
While my experience of Paris wasn’t everything I ever hoped and dreamed of, it was nothing compared to the lives lost during those senseless attacks. My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by these attacks. Pray for Paris.