Friday, November 20, a week after the Paris attacks. The Eiffel Tower is specially lit in red, white and blue until November 25
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Paris Scenes – A Rainy November Night

Friday, November 20, a week after the Paris attacks. The Eiffel Tower is specially lit in red, white and blue until November 25
Friday, November 20, a week after the Paris attacks. The Eiffel Tower is specially lit in red, white and blue until November 25

A week after the Paris attacks I went out to see if anyone else was out. Along the Champs-Elysées the cars were moving along as usual, the Ferris wheel was turning. They switched on the lights along the avenue a day later than planned. Not many wandered the the Village de Noël Christmas market lanes and sidewalks. Walking toward the Seine, Dior along the Avenue Montaigne had the most spectacular decoration among illuminated trees.

Catching the bus from Alma-Marceau to Trocadéro, the Eiffel Tower appeared dark. The red, white and blue shone on the Trocadéro-facing side only. The crowd was thin, not elbow-to-elbow.

I walked across the Pont d’Iéna.  Returning home on bus 63 along Boulevard Saint-Germain, passing the Assemblée Générale, the famous cafés were barely occupied. I could see straight through the windows to the back of the cafés. Once at Gare d’Austerlitz, I changed to my metro number 5. The night before the sidewalk cafés were filled in the 6th and the 11th, including music, laughter and lots of conversation. This night, in hommage perhaps, the café life was still.

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Friday, November 20, a week after the Paris attacks. The Eiffel Tower is specially lit in red, white and blue until November 25

This Web site and and its blog articles are for travelers to Paris who are looking for advice from someone who lives in Paris. These tips are "for Parisians at heart". Many people would like to visit, some can and some cannot - so I will help you enjoy a glimpse of the city and its surroundings. This project has been ongoing since 2002. Prior to living in Paris (since 1992) my European history began in the early 70s with three years in Wiesbaden, Germany. My next foray onto the Continent was in the mid-80s after graduation from the University of Florida (where I met Erik): traveling around Europe and UK with my friend, Margie, hitchhiking around and working in Ireland. After living and working as a journalist in Sweden for four years, traveling on boats, the Trans-Siberian Railway, local trains and planes took Erik and I around the world. I began working as a flight attendant in 1990 for American Airlines, based in Chicago. We moved to Paris, France in 1992 where I commuted between Paris and Chicago for my flight attendant/stewardess job. Finally my inner voice said "Stop!" and I left American Airlines six weeks shy of 20 years January 1, 2010. Now that is over and I am back working as a journalist and photographer full time on Colleensparis.com - My videos are posted on YouTube on the colleensparis youtube channel. and I am active in Toastmasters 75. Enjoy!