Sunday, November 15, 2015

Every traveler has their own story to share about Paris.
It"s a city that
evokes wonder, love, excitement and beauty.
There have been thousands of books
written to tell us how to be more French.
How to eat, how to dress, how to
fall in love.
I even have one on how to tie a scarf like a French lady.
In the
days following this week"s horrific attacks on the city we want to talk about
Paris.
We want to share our stories.
We want to remember.
We want to give a
voice to the city that we love.
We"ve asked our own editors, writers, readers
and Explorers to share their memories and photographs of this amazing city.
The Eiffel Tower from the top of Sacre Coeur.
(Photo: Nick Aster)"I never had
the Paris bug.
I wasn"t one of those starry-eyed college girls who dreamed of
running away to live in the City of Light.
But I feel hard for the city when
my now-husband whisked me there for a week just two months after we met.
We
made no grand plans, choosing instead to meander in and out of small cafes,
drinking wine, eating cheese and chatting up the locals.
We rode bikes and
stopped in small grocery stores to buy the fixings for a picnic below the
Eiffel Tower.
We hotel hopped, but everywhere we stayed we seemed to have a
view of that tower.
I fell in love with Paris and in Paris.
It was there that
we decided to get married and in a small boutique in the Marais we looked at
engagement rings.
It"s a city made for falling in love." —Jo Piazza,
Managing Editor, World traveling club Travel Riding bikes outside of the
Louvre.
(Photo: Nick Aster)"I"ve been to Paris dozens of times and it"s one of
my favorite cities in the world.
The architecture, food, people, museums, and
parks make this a magical place day and night.
I took the photo above last
August while walking through Tuileries Gardens and it depicts the sadness I
felt when I heard the horrific news." —Johnny Jet (Photo: Johnny
Jet)"Paris has survived the occupation of the Nazis, the siege of Paris in the
Franco-Prussian war, the reign of terror during the French Revolution, and the
Paris Commune.

Despite how terrible this was, Paris has suffered far worse,
and will survive." —Gary Arndt, Everything Everywhere
(Photo: Gary Arndt)"The first time I visited Paris, I was 15 years old and
the city captured my heart in a way that no other place has since.
Even then,
I was captivated by the magic, the light and the love.
My #PrayerForParis is
that in these dark days, she shines brighter than ever before.
Je t"aime,
Paris." — Natalie DiScala, Oh! Travelissima (Photo: Natalie
DiScala)"I first visited Paris as a study-abroad student and remember being
immediately charmed by the city"s beauty and elegance.
As my summer in Paris
went on, that initial love only intensified.
This city has been through its
share of hard times and yet always emerges just as beautiful and elegant as
before.
I have no doubt Paris will shine again.
Sending best wishes to this
magical place and prayers for a more peaceful world." — Tausha Cowan,
The Globe Getter (Photo: Tausha Cowan)"I"ve been to Paris countless times
and each visit is special and the city itself is timeless.
As Hemingway said,
Paris is a Moveable Feast." — Lee Abbamonte (Photo: Lee
Abbamonte)"For me, Paris is about children.
I first traveled there as a
seven-year-old.
I remember taking the elevator to the top of the Eiffel Tower,
and gazing down the Champs-Élysées from the Arc de Triomphe.
I
discovered pain au chocolat and Orangina.
And now that I"m a father, I take my
kids there at least every other summer, always aiming to discover new things,
and create new memories.
We take cooking classes.
We spend hours in the Jardin
du Luxembourg — especially sailing the toy boats and playing at the
playground.
We go out every morning for fresh bread from the boulangeries.
We
have picnic dinners at the Champs de Mars while the kids run in the shadow of
the Eiffel Tower.
And we walk…a lot.
Paris is best discovered by going
on foot from arrondissement to arrondissement, and not by taking the Metro
from iconic site to iconic site.
This won"t stop us from going back.
It"s an
amazing city, and an amazing world, and it"s meant to be explored." —
Eric Stoen, Travel Babbo
"Paris was the first foreign city I ever visited
alone.
I chose Paris because it seemed like the coolest city in the world.
The
food, architecture, and women all seemed vibrantly exotic, and as a dorky
22-year-old whose idea of high art was Tupac and Biggie, I wanted to soak
myself in that culture.
I hoped it would rub off on me.Like so many young
people, I was naively romantic about Paris.
One of the first things I did
after checking into my hostel in the French Quarter was make a reservation at
a fancy restaurant on the Champs-Élysées.
For two people.
My goal
during my week in Paris was to meet a girl who"d accompany me there on my last
night, even though I had little knowledge of French and even less game.I"d
heard that people in Paris could be rude to Americans, and I braced myself for
that.
But not once was I treated with smugness or contempt – not by the
smiling waitress I tried to converse with by repeatedly looking at my French
phrase book, not by the strangers I asked for directions, not even by the
employee at Versailles when the American girl I"d met at my hostel approached
him for help and screamed, "YOU SPEAK ENGLISH?" (Needless to say I wouldn"t
take her to dinner after that.)My favorite part about Paris was getting lost
there – and I got lost there a lot.
I wandered alone down quiet,
winding, narrow streets at night through various arrondissements, knowing all
I had to do was find a Metro station and I"d find my way again.
I never felt
any danger in that dark silence.
I couldn"t even imagine danger.I never did
find a date for my dinner, but I went anyway.
I sat alone in the basement
dining room, the air filled with other groups" cigarette smoke and boisterous
conversation.
The prix-fixe meal I ordered was delicious but, as Paris service
is known to be, very leisurely – it was taking close to an hour between
courses.
That meant a lot of solo sitting.But my waitress, the kind of
understated cute blonde I"d wished of meeting here, recognized this and took
some pity on me.
She smiled and presented me with a free glass of Champagne,
and in that moment it was everything I could want.I never found romance in
Paris – not on that trip or when I returned three years later –
but I did find humanity there.
We all know how beautiful and artsy Paris is,
but more than anything it"s that humanity I want to stay intact through the
pain France is feeling right now.
So that it can continue to console dumb
young romantics and travelers like me." —Greg Keraghosian, Editor,
World traveling club Travel
The"Jardins des Tuileries.
(Photo: Carolyn
Ernst)My heart lies in Paris….
I lived there in my early teens with my
family, and it has been in my veins ever since.
I"ve strolled its streets with
friends, lovers, and on my own many times, and never have enough.
Its obvious
beauty is staggering, it"s more subtle charms mesmerizing.
It"s a love affair
that will never end, and like any great lover, Paris will always keep me
coming back for more.
Every encounter is not perfect, but I love the
serendipity of the highs and low — after all, it"s still Paris.
I shot
this photo while caught in an impending storm in the Jardins des Tuileries.
It
was a sublime moment.—Carolyn ErnstThe Eiffel
Tower.
(Photo:"@dreamer0905/Twitter)I was there 2 months ago for my birthday
month for the first time and it was magical! —@dreamer0905/Twitter A
shot from Roland Garros.
(Photo:"@VeeeKaaay/Twitter)Everything! Each time I"ve
gone, I"ve caught matches at Roland Garros.
I love it!
—@VeeeKaaay/TwitterA memory from the opening of EuroDisney.
Photo:"Jon
Hochstat/Twitter)I lived in Paris suburbs all of ‘92 as part of
EuroDisney opening team.
Always felt safe!"Also on days off I used to climb to
the top of Notre Dame and take in the amazing view of the city of
Paris.—Jon HochstatRelated: Eiffel Tower Closed After Paris Attacks
Every traveler has their own story to share about Paris.
In the days following
this week's horrific attacks on the city we want to talk about Paris.."Paris
has survived the occupation of the Nazis, the siege of Paris in the
Franco-Prussian war, the reign of terror during the French Revolution, and the
Paris Commune.

Despite how terrible this was, Paris has suffered far worse,
and will survive." —Gary Arndt, Everything Everywhere
(Photo: Gary Arndt)"The first time I visited Paris, I was 15 years old and
the city captured my heart in a way that no other place has since.
Even then,
I was captivated by the magic, the light and the love.
My #PrayerForParis is
that in these dark days, she shines brighter than ever before.
Je t"aime,
Paris." — Natalie DiScala, Oh! Travelissima (Photo: Natalie
DiScala)"I first visited Paris as a study-abroad student and remember being
immediately charmed by the city"s beauty and elegance.
As my summer in Paris
went on, that initial love only intensified.
This city has been through its
share of hard times and yet always emerges just as beautiful and elegant as
before.
I have no doubt Paris will shine again.
Sending best wishes to this
magical place and prayers for a more peaceful world." — Tausha Cowan,
The Globe Getter (Photo: Tausha Cowan)"I"ve been to Paris countless times
and each visit is special and the city itself is timeless.
As Hemingway said,
Paris is a Moveable Feast." — Lee Abbamonte (Photo: Lee
Abbamonte)"For me, Paris is about children.
I first traveled there as a
seven-year-old.
I remember taking the elevator to the top of the Eiffel Tower,
and gazing down the Champs-Élysées from the Arc de Triomphe.
I
discovered pain au chocolat and Orangina.
And now that I"m a father, I take my
kids there at least every other summer, always aiming to discover new things,
and create new memories.
We take cooking classes.
We spend hours in the Jardin
du Luxembourg — especially sailing the toy boats and playing at the
playground.
We go out every morning for fresh bread from the boulangeries.
We
have picnic dinners at the Champs de Mars while the kids run in the shadow of
the Eiffel Tower.
And we walk…a lot.
Paris is best discovered by going
on foot from arrondissement to arrondissement, and not by taking the Metro
from iconic site to iconic site.
This won"t stop us from going back.
It"s an
amazing city, and an amazing world, and it"s meant to be explored." —
Eric Stoen, Travel Babbo
"Paris was the first foreign city I ever visited
alone.
I chose Paris because it seemed like the coolest city in the world.
The
food, architecture, and women all seemed vibrantly exotic, and as a dorky
22-year-old whose idea of high art was Tupac and Biggie, I wanted to soak
myself in that culture.
I hoped it would rub off on me.Like so many young
people, I was naively romantic about Paris.
One of the first things I did
after checking into my hostel in the French Quarter was make a reservation at
a fancy restaurant on the Champs-Élysées.
For two people.
My goal
during my week in Paris was to meet a girl who"d accompany me there on my last
night, even though I had little knowledge of French and even less game.I"d
heard that people in Paris could be rude to Americans, and I braced myself for
that.
But not once was I treated with smugness or contempt – not by the
smiling waitress I tried to converse with by repeatedly looking at my French
phrase book, not by the strangers I asked for directions, not even by the
employee at Versailles when the American girl I"d met at my hostel approached
him for help and screamed, "YOU SPEAK ENGLISH?" (Needless to say I wouldn"t
take her to dinner after that.)My favorite part about Paris was getting lost
there – and I got lost there a lot.
I wandered alone down quiet,
winding, narrow streets at night through various arrondissements, knowing all
I had to do was find a Metro station and I"d find my way again.
I never felt
any danger in that dark silence.
I couldn"t even imagine danger.I never did
find a date for my dinner, but I went anyway.
I sat alone in the basement
dining room, the air filled with other groups" cigarette smoke and boisterous
conversation.
The prix-fixe meal I ordered was delicious but, as Paris service
is known to be, very leisurely – it was taking close to an hour between
courses.
That meant a lot of solo sitting.But my waitress, the kind of
understated cute blonde I"d wished of meeting here, recognized this and took
some pity on me.
She smiled and presented me with a free glass of Champagne,
and in that moment it was everything I could want.I never found romance in
Paris – not on that trip or when I returned three years later –
but I did find humanity there.
We all know how beautiful and artsy Paris is,
but more than anything it"s that humanity I want to stay intact through the
pain France is feeling right now.
So that it can continue to console dumb
young romantics and travelers like me." —Greg Keraghosian, Editor,
World traveling club Travel
The"Jardins des Tuileries.
(Photo: Carolyn
Ernst)My heart lies in Paris….
I lived there in my early teens with my
family, and it has been in my veins ever since.
I"ve strolled its streets with
friends, lovers, and on my own many times, and never have enough.
Its obvious
beauty is staggering, it"s more subtle charms mesmerizing.
It"s a love affair
that will never end, and like any great lover, Paris will always keep me
coming back for more.
Every encounter is not perfect, but I love the
serendipity of the highs and low — after all, it"s still Paris.
I shot
this photo while caught in an impending storm in the Jardins des Tuileries.
It
was a sublime moment.—Carolyn ErnstThe Eiffel
Tower.
(Photo:"@dreamer0905/Twitter)I was there 2 months ago for my birthday
month for the first time and it was magical! —@dreamer0905/Twitter A
shot from Roland Garros.
(Photo:"@VeeeKaaay/Twitter)Everything! Each time I"ve
gone, I"ve caught matches at Roland Garros.
I love it!
—@VeeeKaaay/TwitterA memory from the opening of EuroDisney.
Photo:"Jon
Hochstat/Twitter)I lived in Paris suburbs all of ‘92 as part of
EuroDisney opening team.
Always felt safe!"Also on days off I used to climb to
the top of Notre Dame and take in the amazing view of the city of
Paris.—Jon HochstatRelated: Eiffel Tower Closed After Paris Attacks
Every traveler has their own story to share about Paris.
In the days following
this week's horrific attacks on the city we want to talk about Paris.

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