Today I normally post you my weekly “13 Things I Found on the Internet” from Paris, and just as I always have, I will. But on this Monday I also wanted to pay tribute in my own small way, to the events of Friday, November 13th which happened in the city I call home.
Above, Café Beaurepaire, 1 Rue de la Bûcherie, 5th arrondissement
La Terrasse des Archives, 1 Rue des Haudriettes, 3rd arrondissement
Home is a sanctuary, a place that we take for granted, that we’ve only ever known as somewhere to feel safe. And for that to suddenly change and be taken away is something I am now ultimately beginning to understand; a feeling I now share with so many people not just in Paris, but in Beirut, in Syria, Kenya, Tunisia, New York and across the world– unfortunately, the list could go on for days.
Hotel du Nord, 102 Quai de Jemmapes, 10th arrondissement
Those Paris sidewalk cafés where young innocents lost their lives on Friday evening, their wine glasses still in hand– these are the very places I call home, amongst so many.
Les Gourmands de Notre Dame, 1 Rue des Grands Degrés, 5ème arrondissement
The local café that I drive past every morning where candles now carpet the terrace, the one where I celebrated a friend’s going away party just this summer but may now never re-open– every sidewalk café, bistrot, bar and restaurant in Paris where I feel the freedom to take my time with a glass of wine, putting my finger on the beating pulse of this city, admiring that moveable feast– this is the Paris that they tried to take from us.
Les mondes Bohèmes, 31 Rue des Vignoles, 20th arrondissement
Café de la Grande Mosquée de Paris, 39 Rue Geoffroy-Saint-Hilaire, 5th arrondissment
Café de Flore, 172 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 6th arrondissement
I found myself flicking through my endless photographs of Parisian cafés, taken obsessively and instinctively over the years, and wondering if sitting on these terraces will ever feel quite like home again.
L’Ecailler du Bistrot, 22 Rue Paul Bert, 11th arrondissement
But last night, through my social networks, I shared a thought to fellow Parisians who were no doubt also feeling daunted by the idea of returning to work this Monday and finding normality after watching the events that unfolded on our doorstep.
I thought about making my way to the office and seeing empty chairs at every café terrace, and how it would almost seem like those dark souls got what they wanted in terrorizing our city.
La Fontaine de Mars, 129 Rue Saint-Dominique, 75007 Paris
La Terrasse du 7ème, 2 Place de l’École Militaire, 7th arrondissement
So I want to express it again here. Do not hesitate to take your morning croissant out on the café terraces and fill those empty chairs where so many Parisians before us throughout history have gathered to exchange ideas, debate, laugh, indulge and reinvent the world. Raise a glass for those who can’t and for those we lost. Take a moment to start your day, or complete it, by finding that joie de vivre this country is all about.
Le Soleil Levant, 196 Boulevard Charonne, 20th arrondissement
Ma Salle à Manger, 26 Place Dauphine, Ile de la Cité, 1st arrondissement
I hope this message translates to everyone who feels unsafe in their own homes around the world. Continue to build and create and be full of light.
And on that note, without further ado, your regularly scheduled 13 Things I Found on the Internet Today is this way.