Our Actions Define Us

For those who’ve read posts from in the past, it is probably clear that we tend to stay focused on talking about our travel experiences, food, and sharing some of our photography, not on current events or politics. With that said, we felt compelled to say at least something about the horrific and brutal attack in Nice, France, and our thoughts about travel in these uncertain times.  First of all, our thoughts and prayers go out to all of the people and families affected by this senseless violence as well as the other recent tragedies.  We’re not going to talk about the political and social causes that drive people to do such unimaginable acts because we don’t consider ourselves experts on those subjects, although we do have some pretty strong opinions on the subject.

Eiffel Tower at Sunset

Eiffel Tower at Sunset

Paris Neighborhood

Paris Neighborhood

Notre Dame

Notre Dame

What we’d like to talk about is staying strong in the face of such uneasiness and uncertainty.  Terror is about trying to cause paralysis and inaction due to fear.  If we stop travelling, stop going to events with large crowds, visiting places considered to be “soft targets”, we give in to terror.  Unfortunately in this day and age, terror can happen anyplace.  France has certainly seen more than its fair share of violence perpetrated by terrorists.  Would we travel to France right now?  Absolutely and we hope to very soon.  There are things that are beyond our control, but what we can control is our desire to not let evil deeds such as last night’s attack keep us from continuing to live our lives as fully and optimistically as we always have.

Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower

Palace at Versailles

Palace at Versailles

Arc du Carroussel

Arc du Carroussel

Eventually, the good in people will win out in the end, but clearly there are going to be many more dark days ahead.  In light of that, we will do our best to move forward resolutely determined not to let violence deter us.  Will we be more aware of our surroundings, watchful of potential threats?  Of course, but that is just common sense.  So, today we reflect on the events in France with a strong commitment to not let them change the way that we live our lives.  We believe that most people have very similar feelings and in that way we let our actions tell the terrorists that no amount of violence will change the world into the world that they are trying to create.  In fact, the complete opposite is occurring and they are uniting the world against them instead of causing us to run in fear of them.

One More Eiffel Tower Photo

One More Eiffel Tower Photo

 

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16 Responses to Our Actions Define Us

  1. Bea dM says:

    It is indeed hard not to mention world events at all. But you are so right: carrying on with our lives with courage is the only answer. I just saw a short video of the scene on the beach in Nice a few hours ago. Both the locals and tourists were there as usual. As a statement. It gave me my first inner smile since this morning.

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  2. Great post to read today. You’re so right, of course. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and your wonderful photos of this beautiful country.

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  3. I would most definitely travel to France right now too! I hope to go to Tolousse soon.

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  4. sankj123 says:

    Best wishes on your upcoming journey! I know I’ll enjoy reading about it!

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  5. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts. These are important words to hear. Responding in fear is never the right answer.

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  6. lexklein says:

    I am also loathe to insert politics into my travel blog (and have not), but I wrote a similar post about travel in times of terror a while ago (after yet another terrible event) and expressed very similar thoughts. Thanks for reinforcing the idea that we cannot let these dark forces control us.

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  7. litadoolan says:

    Beautiful architecture

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