Monday, November 16, 2015

J'aime Paris

As a student in college, I had the incredible opportunity to study abroad. This meant that part of my journey ended up in Paris. (If you go to Europe and don't see Paris... you didn't see Europe.) The art -- oh, the art! It is a city full of elegant places and sophisticated people. I was out of my league in every way imaginable, but was thrilled to be a part of things, if just for a weekend.

I lit a candle in memory of my grandmother at Notre Dame Cathedral. We went on an evening boat ride along the Seine, and I felt quite fancy. I wrote a postcard home after I saw the Mona Lisa at the Louvre. My friend and I laughed as we watched art vendors argue at the Sacre Coeur and have dishes thrown at them by waiters in a nearby restaurant. It was nothing short of magical to see the Eiffel Tower lit up at night.

There's a little bit of magic in Paris. And I refuse to believe that the events of this weekend extinguished any of that magic, for even a moment. May the people of France shine as brightly as the tower that Gustave Eiffel built for them. May their hearts heal. May they know that we share in their grief. 

J'aime Paris. 

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