Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Paris, Je t'aime



I'm not sure how to start this...

Last Friday I was having a quiet evening on the sofa when Mr. FFID told me to check Twitter as something awful was going on in Paris. I couldn't possibly believe when I saw the words 'shootings', 'terrorists' and 'hostages' associated with the city I once called home. I spent most of my evening following the updates, went to bed crying and barely slept. 

I woke up on Saturday feeling awfully sad and scared for my home country. I had to work, tried to keep smiling and then had a meltdown once work was over. Luckily no one I know was directly affected but a close friend of mine and her boyfriend got very scared as they were not far from one of the targeted areas on Friday night. I felt so relieved nothing happened to her, you have no idea.

All the videos, pictures and constant updates are horribly difficult to follow on social media even from Ireland, so I can only imagine how difficult it must be in France right now. And then you have these reactionary comments against muslims and refugees that make me sick to my stomach. On the  other side, there is an incredible showing of solidarity in France at the moment, which gives me some hope and believe that the world isn't filled with horrible people. 

As my latest post was about Paris and included several places in the 11th district I just felt like I had to write something before getting back to the usual content. It would have felt wrong to post about something else as if nothing happened. I love Paris and the 11th district is one of my favourite areas for all the reasons why the terrorists targeted it; it's filled with restaurants and cafes and it's full of young people at the weekend out enjoying their Parisian life at its best. 

This blog is usually a happy place and as you can understand it has been hard over the last few days to feel happy. I didn't want to put anything too light here out of respect... 

All I can say is how my thoughts are going to the city of lights and to all its inhabitants. I feel so sorry for all the victims, their families and everyone else affected by this tragedy. 

Paris, je t'aime and I always will.


'Fluctuat Nec Mergitur'



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  1. I've felt so displaced too this week. None of my friends were directly affected by many of them live in that area and the thought of that just gives me goosebumps. I am heartbroken for Paris and France too. Being so far away makes me miss it even more. A sad, sad time indeed...

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    1. I'm so heartbroken too, it's very difficult not to think about it all the time... Take care of yourself Mardi! x

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  2. As a French in Dublin as well I just would like say that I fully share your thoughts and thanks all Irish people / friends / colleagues for their support.

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    1. Merci toi egalement.
      et merci pour ton blog. Je n'ai jamais laisse de commentaire mais j'aime beaucoup et suis egalement grande fan de cuisine. Au plaisir de te lire bientot.

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  3. I live in Luxembourg with several French colleagues and friends. It is been such an awful and scary time but the strength of the French people is inspiring. Stay safe and stay strong.

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    1. Thank you very much, French people will not let fear stop them from living for sure.

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  4. No doubt the hardest post for you to have written, but beautifully put and your best. If only it didn't have to be written.

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    1. Thank you! Exactly, I wish I didn't have to write this :(

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