We’ll Always Have Paris

Hello,

While our families, our friends and ourselves are safe, the shootings this past Friday evening, November 13th, have shaken and saddened us.

The victims of this mindless violence had only in common that they were French, the attacks being focused on north-east Paris, far from the central districts favored by most international visitors, our guests in particular.

Most of the casualties were attending a hard rock concert (presumably a symbol of depravity…) at the Bataclan concert hall, which had long been a target of Islamist extremists due to the supposed zionist connections of its owner.

These coordinated Islamic attacks are reminiscent of a similar series of suicide bombings that occurred simultaneously in London on July 7th 2005, killing 52 and wounding 700. The London attack remained an isolated incident.

We have been very moved by the influx of kind messages of concern, as well as the graphic demonstrations of support all around the world in blue, white and red. It is heartening to feel the support of the whole world pulling together. The human spirit is strong.

When Paris turned out its lights in mourning, the rest of the world turned them on.

International Support

Such worldwide support will perhaps help fanatical terrorists realize that they cannot defeat the spirit of freedom and enjoyment of life.

As the New York Times beautifully put it:

“France embodies everything religious zealots everywhere hate: enjoyment of life here on earth in a myriad little ways: a fragrant cup of coffee and buttery croissant in the morning, beautiful women in short dresses smiling freely on the street, the smell of warm bread, a bottle of wine shared with friends, a dab of perfume, children paying in the Luxembourg Gardens, the right not to believe in any god, not to worry about calories, to flirt and smoke and enjoy sex outside of marriage, to take vacations, to read any book you want, to go to school for free, to play, to laugh, to argue, to make fun of prelates and politicians alike, to leave worrying about the afterlife to the dead.
No country does life on earth better than the French.
Paris, we love you. We cry for you. You are mourning tonight, and we with you. We know you will laugh again, and sing again, and make love, and heal, because loving life is your essence. The forces of darkness will ebb. They will lose. They always do”

In the immortal words of Humphrey Bogart: “We’ll always have Paris”.

Your friends in Paris,

The A La Carte Paris team: Alex, Julie, Catherine, Katy, Jean-Eric, Annabelle, Carole, Gemma, Phil, Jacquie, Julio, Danielle, Gilbert and Rolly.

Please comment and contribute your thoughts and impressions in the comments section below.

147 Comments Add yours

  1. Trudy Nelson Australia (Perth) says:

    Such a senseless act, our thoughts are with every one in Paris today.

  2. Carryn McLean says:

    Carryn McLean. Perth Australia

    Take courage Paris in the knowledge that we stand with you. Those who have organised and done these barbaric acts are in the minority. They may harm us and our loved ones but they will not win for there are billions around the world who just want to live in peace and harmony. Good will always prevail over evil. Take heart Paris we love you and always will

  3. Susan Passey from California USA says:

    We are so saddened by this horrible attack. Rest assured that the world grieves with you. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Paris.

  4. Don says:

    The NYT article straight from the atheist hymn book. To this commentator all believers are religious zealots and he conveniently ignores the countless religious martyrs to the revolution, murdered just as heartlessly as the innocents butchered by jihadists on Friday night in Paris. NYT praises adultery and degeneracy as laudatory French values. I beg to disagree.
    And when Humphrey Bogart said “we’ll always have Paris” I think he was he was referring to their memories of Paris. Perhaps there will come a time when all we’ll have is our memories. Ignore the demographics at your peril. Believe me the jihadists understand only too well how Western democracy works.
    But no doubt if you believe as seemingly does the NYT that the gutless American President bears no responsibility for the present circumstances, no doubt you will applaud as “beautifully put” this typical NYT article.

    1. Rebecca says:

      Don-

      Whatever your personal political and social beliefs, they have no place here. Whether or not you find the NYT article meaningful, perhaps you can set aside your personal agenda, and simply express sympathy and solidarity with your fellow human beings in their time of distress.

      1. Anonymous says:

        Thank you, Rebecca. This is not the time or the place to impose a personal and subjective political agenda. It’s a time to express sympathy and support. France supported us like no other nation following 9/11. Here in Boston, we were supported strongly by the French community following the Boston Marathon bombings and aftermath. Yesterday, the Governor of Massachusetts, the Mayor of Boston and Senator Warren stood at the side of the French Consul General as he spoke briefly and eloquently to a crowd of more than 1,000 of us who gathered on Boston Common to express our solidarity and abiding love for Paris. That is what we do in the immediate aftermath of such cowardly barbarism. We do not use it as a pretext for setting forth a political agenda that is part of the problem instead of the solution. Vive la France, and warmest wishes to the good people of the City of Light!

      2. jeanjiver says:

        Thank you Rebecca. You are expressing the beliefs and feelings of the majority of human beings. We want love and peace to rule all over the earth, we wish to act towards our neighbour as we wish him to act towards us. There is far too much hatred and war in this beautiful world and what has happened to the beautiful city of Paris is nothing but barbaric. May the Lord bless you Paris and rest assured these evil-doers will receive their true judgement and sentencing.

      3. CJ says:

        Bravo, Rebecca! Negative, judgmental people out there do NOT belong here…Only room for love and support here…

    2. Having been blessed to visit the city of lights with my husband 2 years ago and planning to go back next spring, our hearts ache for the country of France and the wonderful people. We know you are strong and will not back down to the evil thatwas inflicted upon your people and country. Do not stop living and enjoying life as that would be giving in to these horrible and barbaric animals.

      May God Bless you all!

  5. Kath (Adelaide, Australia) & Harvey (Auckland, New Zealand) says:

    Such a barbaric act will never diminish our love for Paris and the French people, we grieve with you.

  6. Noelien Sample says:

    Australia feels your pain, Australia cries for you, Australia joins you in solidarity, Australia is with you. You are in our hearts. đź’–

  7. Sue Abbett says:

    To the wonderful people of Paris – you are all in our thoughts. We salute and support you from Brisbane Australia. Stand strong.

  8. Bob and Ann McCarter from Bundanoon, Australia says:

    Nous sommes Paris

  9. Max Wilkins says:

    Our planet is full of many different tribes, when we choose to live in a country different to our own cultural tribe, then we commit to accepting and living peacefully with the history of our new chosen country’s history, rituals and culture, this is called assimilation and it brings with it the greatest respect for the new chosen country. There may be one god, there may be no god, there may be many gods, but there is no excuse for the believers of one specific god to kill other humans in another country that believe in another god – here lies the dilemma of genocide, cultural extermination cannot be accepted. We cannot destroy history, it has already passed, to destroy its’ icons represents denial in the greatest form. If you cannot live in your own country for whatever reasons then don’t bring those problems to your new chosen country. Respect for others is far a greater sacrifice for yourself and our planet that gives you life, than choosing to destroy another lands’ historical culture. Respect yourself, respect all others and most importantly respect this planet that lets you breathe.

    1. Anonymous says:

      Thank you , Max. My feelings exactly.

  10. Terry Rooney says:

    Terry & Julia. Gold Coast Australia.
    As we are about to arrive in Paris for a three week holiday, we share your sorrow and sadness at these horrific and cowardly acts. These people do not deserve a place on this Earth let alone a magnificently beautiful city like Paris. We will proudly do our bit by continuing with our holiday and with a heavy heart still enjoy this wonderful city and its beautiful people.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Paris, we are with you. We cry and laugh with you. Together we shall overcome the forces of evil, hatered and prejudice! Vive la Paris!
    Viji Melnick

  12. Marie says:

    I have been an armchair traveller to Paris for years and only recently had the opportunity to live in Paris centre for a week. It was like coming home. I will return. My heart goes out to all Parisians and its many visitors who have been stuck down with sorrow, horror and disbelief of the events of Friday the 13th. Love from Downunder Marie

  13. Rebecca says:

    A La Carte Paris –
    We have been so fortunate to enjoy time in your beautiful city. Our hearts ache for you, and for everyone who has felt the impact of this barbaric act. Just as we pause and reflect here on September 11th, we will now always have Paris in our thoughts on November 13th. We wish you, your friends and your families the best, and hope you are, and continue to be, well and safe.

  14. We are so thankful you are all unharmed, but remain deeply grieved for the unimaginable loss for others in Paris and so many other places around the world. The spirit and people of Paris will never be dimmed, nor will our affection for it, and we send love and hopes for the peace we so desperately need.

  15. Sue Adams says:

    My heart goes out to you all.It is difficult to understand this senseless ,barbaric killing.We will always love Paris and will return as often as possible !Stay strong Paris!

  16. Tony Rogers says:

    Our deepest heart felt sympathies to the families of all those affected by this tragic event.
    Tony Rogers

  17. Cliff Brown says:

    This senseless act of barbarism will not effect my love for Paris .
    I have been there a number of times and really enjoy the simple pleasure of
    Just walking the streets of st Germaine it the tulleries gardens. I was there only last week and can’t imagine such an act

  18. Anonymous says:

    Stay strong Paris. We feel your pain. You have a world of support.

  19. sue Bennett says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all in Paris, the most beautiful city , one we all love and will visit again. They will not win with these sensless acts of violence! Stay safe as we grieve and pray for those who have lost their lives and for their families

    1. Anonymous says:

      I feel the same way as you Sue, Vicki Perth Australia

  20. Alex says:

    I think that everyone that visits paris makes a connection with the city and its people. Our thoughts are with you in these terrible times. I am saddened that this pain has been inflicted on France and hope that the community can recover quickly. I look forward to returning shortly and again enjoying the joys of Paris.

  21. Csc says:

    I was horrified and saddened by the news of the attacks in Paris when I heard the news on Saturday morning in Australia. Althpugh born and brought up in London in recent years I have given my heart to Paris,a city of beauty in its buildings, culture, daily life and most importantly it’s people. I will be back in Paris in December, in alacarte Paris apartment and though my heart is sad for those who have lost, I will embrace life in Paris, the city I wish to live one day. Live and love Paris. Continue to live and love life do not allow terrorist acts get in your way.

  22. George & Lynne Cook, Gold Coast, Austraila says:

    Our thoughts go out to the French people. This is just a senseless act that leaves so many families devastated. These barbarians must not be allowed to get away with these terrorist activities! Sod the humanitarian issues, This is insanity. These innocent people have paid the maximum price. Don’t let it be in vain.

  23. Dianne Hastings says:

    I wish you could see my hometown of Melbourne Australia tonight Alex. There are thousands of people who have come to share and mourn and celebrate your beautiful City of Paris. They are at our ‘city square’ Federation Square, many in tears but all with France. Like so many other countries in this still beautiful world we have lit up our Town Hall, MCG stadium, Art Centre Spire and all around our beautiful country of Australia the French colours are proudly being displayed on our many landmarks. Paris is a place just as the New York Times has beautifully stated……It’s a place that if you are fortunate enough to visit you cannot get it out of your bloodstream. When I leave there I am already planning to come back before stepping foot on the plane and then thinking about it constantly when I am home. I love so many places and have been to many small villages from the north to south of France and remember each place with love and respect for how the French live their life.
    My family will be back, I cannot envisage a life to never come back. Stay strong and proud, it is a crime on all humanity and we grieve with you all.

  24. Karen says:

    Heartfelt condolences from Australia. We travel to Paris/France nearly every year as there is just SOMETHING about the place that is special. We have just returned from Rue Amelot but nothing will stop us from returning. !
    Stay strong, the world stands with you xx

  25. Anonymous says:

    Wonderful words Dianne Hastings. Australians are grieving with you France. You will never walk alone.

  26. Jeanette says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the beautiful people of Paris – those lovely people we encountered during our travels and those we did not have the privilege of meeting …yet. May God bless and grant peace once again to your special city.

  27. Louise and Barry, New Zealand says:

    Dear, dear Paris, we love you and grieve with you. Our special place so torn and hurt. Words cannot express how much we feel for you all right now. Arohanui and Kia Kaha.

  28. Margaret Johnston says:

    My husband and I have rented apartment through you in Paris, in particular the Marais Gem. We have spent so many joyful hours wandering around the streets in the area and have so enjoyed the colourful cultural tolerance. It hurts to see such violation of a wonderful city, we are grieving with the people of Paris and the families of those who died and of the many injured, but this will not deter us from returning to Paris.

  29. iain says:

    Paris/France;we all stand behind you. The love of life will win out.

  30. Julie Obst says:

    To the people of Paris our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Those beautiful streets of Paris we have so recently walked, we will return.

  31. Dear Alex, Katy and all the A La Carte team,
    From far away Perth, I join in sending my thoughts and condolences to you and the people of Paris.
    As I reflect on how much I love this city and all it offers on so many levels, I also dream that I will be able to return before too long and stay for an extended period in one of your apartments.
    To feel that energy that we all hope will return to the streets of what must remain
    forever the “city of light” …
    Vive la France …
    L’Australie est unie avec vous

  32. Wayne Bradley says:

    These events have shocked all Australians, and we are grieving with you. We pray that all French citizens and especially the staff at A La Carte can be kept safe.

  33. Cathy says:

    Alex and team, I carry fond memories of my many trips to Paris everyday and look forward to getting back there next year. This senseless, violent act does not change how beautiful the city and its people are and never will. Stay strong. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  34. Barbara says:

    Our prayers are with you and so moved by the way your city has unuted

  35. Barbara says:

    Sorry should have read united

  36. Cyril Sheppard says:

    Cyril: It is the city that I have been to only twice, and felt more comfortable there than the several other cities and countries that I have visited and lived. My heart-felt best wishes go out to all the people of Paris. I hope all the people at A La Carte remain safe.

  37. Teri says:

    My heart is broken for Paris. The oeople, the City and the world did not need this to happen to anyone. I am praying for peace and healing and for Blessings for all humanity.

  38. Gary McCall says:

    Alex,

    We are very sad for your city, for the families who have lost loved ones, and for our world for the unspeakable tragedy and loss you have experienced. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. i do not begin to know what others should do. We have a week reserved in a Marais apartment in June 2016. We still plan to come and experience the city of Paris because to cancel would be to given in. Only if you deem it unsafe will we change our plans. We cannot let the radical Muslims win and lose Paris to fear and retribution. Paris is about life and life lived well. Thank you for communicating with us and letting us know you are safe but concerned. We share your grief and sorrow.

    Gary

  39. Geoff Beggs says:

    We were in Paris just three months ago, staying at your lovely apartment in Rue Cler. Paris is beautiful and Parisians are fascinating. The old man who said Bon Soir each evening; the guy who made my espresso; the lovely hardworking lady who we bought fruit off every morning. So sad to hear what happened. Keep the joy of life, don’t let them win.

  40. Eve of Perth says:

    We all love Paris and its people stay strong thinking of you all at this time. The acts made against you are barbaric but love of each other in a free world will bring you through the this.
    Looking forward to returning very soon.

  41. Donna says:

    Alex,
    Thanks for sharing. It is good to hear that you and your team and those close to you all are safe and sound. The news of this violence on your beautiful city has saddened people all over the world. Paris is a city we love and dream of, whether having been there or just hope to one day go. These horrible acts will not change that. Please know that you are in the thoughts and prayers of so many around the world, and especially here in the US where we have also experienced terror at the hands of these extremists. May the powers that be find a way to stop these attacks on innocent people and their way of life.

  42. Suzie from Atlanta says:

    The attack on Paris was an attack on joy. Young men with no future to look forward to took the lives of those who did. Parisians delight in the small everyday pleasures of life – art, music, food, wine… sailing small boats in the Luxembourg Garden. They love their families and their friends openly and demonstratively. My husband and I have spent countless hours in cafes watching people meet up after work or school. There is always much laughter. Paris is my favorite city for so many reasons. It is beautiful beyond description. I just feel better when I’m there. We will come back to Paris soon and often.

  43. Marie Hoffman says:

    My thoughts and Prayers are with the people and the city of Paris! May you find comfort and peace as you join together to heal from this horrible act of terror.
    Will continue to look forward to returning to walk the beautiful streets of Paris soon!
    Sending Love from Ohio USA!

  44. Robin Kelly says:

    Je Suis Paris!

  45. Cinda Swan says:

    Our hearts go out to you and we are praying for you. We love you.

  46. Having been blessed to visit the city of lights with my husband 2 years ago and planning to go back next spring, our hearts ache for the country of France and the wonderful people. We know you are strong and will not back down to the evil thatwas inflicted upon your people and country. Do not stop living and enjoying life as that would be giving in to these horrible and barbaric animals.

    May God Bless you all!

  47. Barbara says:

    The NYT article said everything far better than I ever could. My thoughts are with the people of Paris.

  48. Darles says:

    Our hearts are with the those affected by this senseless act. France and her people will overcome and become stronger. God bless you and keep you as you struggle through the pain.

  49. Anonymous says:

    So senseless. Paris is in all of our hearts and prayers.

  50. Sue Shull says:

    So senseless. Paris is in our hearts and our prayers.

  51. Deborah says:

    My heart breaks for Paris and her people. You are in my prayers.

  52. Susan - Los Angeles says:

    I’ve loved Paris since my first visit over 35 years ago. My subsequent visits to Paris and France have only deepened my love of the French people and culture. I was terribly saddened by the news on Friday. Please know that the people of the US will always stand behind and support France. Sending love and prayers from Los Angeles.

  53. Anonymous says:

    I was so sorry to hear about your tragedy and have been praying for your beautiful city and people. My husband and I visited Paris two years ago and will be back! I am praying for the comfort of the families and friends and the healing of the injured. May God Bless you!

    Shirley T.
    Alabama – USA

  54. Robert says:

    For 50 years I have loved visiting Paris and can only hope that all the wonderful French people can overcome their grief and resume their lives. This is another lesson that we study history and understand that radical Islamic terrorists have thrived and caused heartache for over 1000 years and if not eradicated now will continue to try to destroy civilized life. I hope that French and my fellow Americans will demand that we do more together to stop it. Acta non Verba.

  55. Jamie and Margaret Johnston says:

    Glad all at Alacarte are safe and well. We love Paris. We will be back. Never let terror win.

  56. Tracy & Don says:

    My husband and I love Paris, we will be there next Thanksgiving. Paris is beautiful and the people a pleasure. What has happened does not take away from the Paris feel. We are heartbroken that a group of people could do this type of thing. I wish and pray for a speedy recovery of Paris and its people. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May you be safe from future harm.

  57. Kevin Alweyn says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult and sad time you are not alone. We came to Paris 2yrs ago for the 1st time and we fell in love with your beautiful country and you beautiful people and will come again soon. Keep your spirit up the whole world is always by your side god bless you all take care……

  58. José-Miami-Florida says:

    Heinous acts like this, carried out by COWARDS, repulse the people of the world. Paris and France are survivors, Hate and intimidation never win and never will. Paris! My favorite city, I was there last month and will be there soon again. “VIVA FRANCE!”

  59. me53Marie says:

    Our heart and prayers goes out to the Parisians. Right now we are all French! As you know the US went through this in 9/11 so we understand! Light will triumph over darkness! Vive la France!

  60. Nous somme toutes Francais.

  61. the Resslers says:

    The NYT said it so well…France & especially Paris are beloved by people around the globe, including my family. No act of terror can change that. We are glad to hear that the Ala Carte family did not suffer individual loss; and we share in the collective loss that such senseless violence causes. the Resslers

  62. Fran Quinn says:

    My heart was broken when I saw this senseless act of hatred on television. My prayers are ongoing for healing and peace. The Lord always wins in the end. I know the end of this Book.

  63. CARYL says:

    This was a heinous act and I am outraged.
    VIVE LA FRANCE!

  64. Linda Berezny says:

    We are one – we always are – this tragedy reminds us of that. Prayers and healing to all – nous sommes Paris.

  65. Nadline Bomze says:

    this all brings tear to my eyes. i love Paris!!!! Ironically i was in Paris on 9/11 and the French
    could not have been more wonderful to us. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  66. Randi says:

    My heart goes out to those who lost loved ones, the people of Paris, all of France and the World for this senseless act. Paris is my favorite city in the entire world. I truly love Paris and the Parisians, who are so charming and fun to be around. I cannot wait to return to your wonderful city. I am angry and I will not let these demented people make me fearful of visiting the people and places that I love.

  67. Pat Vida says:

    We are all so saddened to witness the horrific events that have occurred in your beautiful city. No one can make sense of such hatred and cowardice. I pray for the day when this will all come to end and god willing it will end soon and we will once again enjoy peace. As an american living in the the northeastern US I am often reminded of the long enduring friendship, respect and loyalty that exists between our two countries. The beautiful gift of the statue of liberty which graces our harbor is one of the many symbols of our allegiance and the ideals of democracy in which we believe. Statues and tributes are scattered throughout the region honoring the sacrifices you made in order to help us gain our freedom over two hundred years ago. We love you and we stand in solidarity with you.

  68. Ginny Baker says:

    We were shocked at these horrific attacks. They were in your beautiful, gracious city but they were attacks on civilization itself. I sincerely hope they, like the London attacks, will not be repeated and your healing can begin. We love Paris and look forward to visiting again soon. Our thoughts are with you all.

  69. diana langston says:

    After 9/11 the outpouring of sympathy, love and concern overwhelmed me/us…it is heartfelt to know we really do all stand together as we are now with you, dear wonderful extraordinary exceptional Paris and to all of your personally at a la carte.
    D&R Langston

  70. Lori says:

    How well the NYT put it!!! Yes, w will always have Paris. The French are strong, loving and kind. They will be ok.

  71. CJ says:

    Much love and support goes out to you, lovely Paris and its people! Good will overcome evil. Please know that we stand with you!

  72. Peeta Johnathan says:

    Although I have yet to see Paris…It has been a lifelong dream of mine to do so! These horrific acts of cowardliness and terror will never detour my dream…of a city I love…if only so far in my dreams!!

    Vive la France!!! Vive la Paris!!!

  73. Holly says:

    Paris is my favorite city (visited many times) and I was in tears when I heard about these horrid attacks. I lived in the 11th for almost 2 months last Fall, just a block from the rue Charonne resto attack – t’s a wonderful, non-touristy neighborhood. I’ll be returning to Paris next Fall!

  74. Anonymous says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you in Paris the city of light.
    Michael

  75. Paris is part of our way of life and the wonderful strong citizens of this greatest city are also part of who we are. So we grieve along with the world but know you are arising even stronger and more determined. Paris is the the embodiment of our culture and humanity.

  76. Patti says:

    I love Paris. It grieves me that such barbaric and uncivilized acts were inflicted on unsuspecting innocents who were merely enjoying life. I cannot wait to return to Paris, a beautiful city near to my heart.

  77. alethe3 says:

    Verite, so very true. Paris is the City of Light and the light will always shine into and push out darkness in deeds, actions, minds and hearts.

  78. Jack Avery says:

    Bravo, Alex and all friends of la Belle France! Vive la France!

  79. Jacqueline Fobes says:

    Our hearts go out to the French people, and to the many families who have lost their loved ones or had them injured in this terrible tradegy.

  80. Renee Robinson says:

    As my other fellow Americans have said, Paris, we grieve with you and understand your sorrow. We were inspired by you in the forming of our nation and admire the strength of the French people in times of adversity. I will return to Paris some day and extremists will not keep us from experiencing and loving your beautiful city and its people.

  81. Maria Vella says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of sorrow. I finally got to have the pleasure of seeing Paris two years ago, and I loved it and still do. It was the last travel experience I wanted to have and I saved the best for last. I no longer can visit but you and your country will always be a daily thought and memory. Viva La France!!!! God Bless us all in freedom.

  82. Suzanne in Texas says:

    “Les sandlots longs / Des violons / De l’automne / Blessent mon coeur…” Those words from Europe’s past describe my feelings as I follow the horrible news. My heart has always had a very special place in it for your lovely city. I taught my French students to love the French and their language. My last visit was three years ago, and I yearn to be there once again and to join my tears with yours. Courage and strength, friends! The civilized world stands with you in opposition to the misdirected fervor of extremists who slaughter innocents in the name of Allah.

  83. I have posted an image box on both my blogs saying Vive La France! I totally believe what the NY Times description said. Paris embodies so much love of life that is not even a choice in the extremist world. I cried when I saw the news, alerted by my daughter, who knows how much I love Paris. My heart felt sympathies go out to those devastated by the loss of loved ones. The Allies of the World must support each other in this fight and stay strong.

  84. D. J. Maskell says:

    Only having visited Paris on one occasion for four luxurious days, but holding her heart forever in mine, I am saddened by the senseless act of shame. My thoughts and prayers extend to the country itself and all her people as well as those of us who have fallen in love with her through poetry, literature, artistry, music, architecture, or the sheer beauty arising from the smell of fresh croissants in the morning or a sip of wine at the end of the day. You are loved mon ami. Vive La France!!

  85. Elaine Wilikai says:

    Paris is an awesome city that offers so much to the visitor. That’s why it’s the most visited city in the world. Our hearts go out to the people of Paris and France and especially to those who have lost loved ones. We are with you in your grieving.
    Nous sommes Paris.

  86. Bob and Nit Rogers says:

    Thank you so much, Alex, for this forum. I would like to share parts of a letter I wrote to a friend.

    As you can imagine, we have not been able to stop watching the news about Paris. We contacted the few people we know living in Paris, and they are o.k. It’s heart-breaking. Attacking Paris is like desecrating a shrine.

    Paris is so much more than a city. It is a way of life, the way life is supposed to be. It is both an inspiration and an aspiration for the rest of the world. It’s an ideal that most people only dream about. We use common sense, and we have never felt even a little unsafe in any arrondissment, day or night.

    Paris eludes easy definition. It is a living, exciting, energized, welcoming, amazingly beautiful, richly historic, impeccably cultured, deeply civilized, sweet, sexy and sophisticated celebration of life at its best.

    And that’s an understatement.

    Even the victims of the terrorists were all living and celebrating life in different ways. Sports, music, food, wine, friends, laughter and love. Paris as usual. That anyone should ever even think of harming them is a crime against humanity.

    A friend responded to our email saying, “Don’t worry. Paris will never change.” He was right.

    Paris is to experience, to share, and to love. I would never say I’m afraid to go to New York because 9/11 happened there. And I’ll never be afraid to go back to Paris. I would go tomorrow if I could.

    Paris, in our hearts we embrace you,
    Bob and Nit Rogers
    (Sorry, Alex, for taking so much space!)

  87. Linda Thornton says:

    I grieve with the families who lost loved ones in this monstrous attack. It is hideous what is done in the name of “religion”.

  88. Gregory hutton says:

    As a Black-American please accept my sorrow for the people lost and injured.
    My, mothers Mother was a USA Gold-Star’s Mother was sent to France by President Rosevelt to bury her son some where in your France. He was a USA soldier shot in the back by Nazies.
    The world is still dealing with these monsters bred by the ambishes-sick-ones. We the world must continue to defeat such evil ones.

  89. Gregory hutton says:

    As a Black-American please accept my sorrow for the people lost and injured.
    My, mothers Mother was a USA Gold-Star’s Mother was sent to France by President Rosevelt to bury her son some where in your France. He was a USA soldier shot in the back by Nazies.
    The world is still dealing with these monsters bred by the ambishes-sick-ones. We the world must continue to rid the world of these evil ones. You see evil comes in all races of this world.

  90. Christophe & Helen Green, Nouveau Zelande
    To the land of my forebears, our love and thoughts are with you all during this very tragic situation. Our only regret is that we wish we could assist you further in your time of need. You can take solace that the rest of the civilized world shares your grief and will support you through this horrific event. Words cannot express our true feelings. France and the French people will always share a special place in our hearts. We will return.
    Vive La France.

  91. June Sommers says:

    It is just a year ago that we enjoyed a week in Paris .It was magical then, it had been magical previously and will always be magical. Nothing and no one will ever change Paris ,or our enjoyment of Paris.

    We love you Paris !
    June

  92. Mark W. says:

    I love Paris and no one is going to stop me returning or sitting in cafes or going to the theatre. This act of barbarism has simply strengthened my resolve to return to again experience the joys of one of my favorite cities and cultures.

    Long live the Republic.

    Mark W. Sydney Australia.

  93. EllieDay says:

    My heart aches for Paris. . . for the world. . . that we have such evil, ignorant people who do these things. They seem to want to take the world backwards into a dark loveless time that kills the soul.

  94. Anonymous says:

    I have always been in love with Paris and it’s people. Along with the rest of the world I am greatly saddened by the recent terrorist attacks on this most beloved city and country. My heart grieves with the French people. I pray for all the victims and their families.

  95. Eleanore Kostiuk says:

    I think everyone has already aptly described how I feel. What has happened will in now way deter me or my friends from returning to Paris. That is the feeling DOWN UNDER.
    Liberty……… Equality …………Fraternity…………

  96. Donna Chulack says:

    I cannot express my thoughts and feelings better than Bob and Nit Rogers. So impressively written.
    But…
    Dearest Paris, Parisians, France and all French people, please know that another lover of your beautiful city, country and people is just incredibly sad for what has happened to you. I have been so so fortunate to have been to Paris and France multiple times and am in awe of your love of life, spirit, and “Light”. I will continue to pray for your recovery and I will also pray that my country USA and all countries) will help in your fight against this evil.

    Viva La Paris! Viva La France!

  97. Anonymous says:

    My heart is with Paris now

  98. Anonymous says:

    France will overcome this horrible act of violence. We will be there again one day to enjoy Paris as only Paris can be enjoyed! Viva La France!

  99. Zbig Szambelanczyk says:

    To all the people of Paris and France my deepest thoughts and total horror by the actions of the terrorists. As a tourist to France especially Paris last year the french people showed friendship and kindness to us as we toured different places. I am sure the french people are very resilient and will overcome these horrors. Our thoughts are with you always.

  100. Anonymous says:

    London belongs to England, New York belongs to America but Paris belongs to all of us. I weep.

  101. Hank Greenwald says:

    My wife and I were in Paris on 9/11 and we’ll never forget how the French people reached out to us and all other Americans. All over Paris there were messages of support as well as offers to use fax
    machines to contact family at home. Now it’s our turn to do what we can to repay the French in their hour of need. The French need to know we stand with them against the forces of evil.. Those’ people cannot win and they won’;t. You can’t destroy something as beautiful as the
    French way of life, or the most beautiful city in the world.

  102. Our thoughts are with the A La Carte team, who have contributed to our enjoyment and appreciation of Paris twice in the last two years. While we are relieved to know that all your team members are safe, we are devastated to know that so many of your compatriots – people whose collective spirit we respect so profoundly – have suffered such dreadful pain.
    We will return to Paris in 2016, safe in the knowledge that the City of Light is also a City of Strength.

  103. Neal and Robin Hitzig says:

    Last January, my wife and I arrived in Paris within minutes of the Charlie Hebdo carnage. In the days that followed, the sight of paratroopers everywhere was both reassuring and unsettling, as it must be today.

    My daughter reports that at least two people in her firm, Publicis Groupe, were murdered. No one is untouched, even with an ocean between us.

    Beautiful Paris and its wonderful people will overcome the barbarians. And we will return.

    With our warmest regards,
    Neal and Robin Hitzig
    New York City

  104. Lucy moultry says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your city and people

  105. Patricia Benton says:

    I was reading a book about Paris, remembering my last trip and thinking about my next when I heard news of the tragic events. Much love and support are coming from many hearts here.

  106. Jeanne Carlson says:

    Alex: That your beautiful city and beautiful people must endure this heartbreaking tragedy is so very heartbreaking. I will never forgot the joie de vivre that embraced me in your city and hold all of you close to my heart.

  107. Jan says:

    I am so grateful and moved to read all of these comments. A very long time ago, I spent my junior year in college in Paris. It was a year that profoundly changed me and will always stay with me, and it ignited my enduring love for France and everything about it as so well described by the NY Times. Since then, I’ve returned as often as possible (which is never often enough). I first brought my daughters there when they were 4 and 7. The youngest spent a high school summer there, and a few years later we met there — she showed me her stomping grounds, and I showed her mine. We lived in an A La Carte apartment in the Marais, and that only added another wonderful layer to what we already felt for Paris and France. I’ve now been back a few more times (twice renting on the rue du Cherche Midi — such a wonderful and authentic neighborhood) including just one month ago, and all I can say is I will return to Paris as soon as I possibly can. It won’t be soon enough. I will sit outside, walk thousand of steps, and fully embrace the beauty and the joie de vivre that will continue to define Paris. Our hearts are aching for the beautiful people who lost their lives and for their families. But we will not be afraid. Bon courage, Paris.

  108. Gaitry G says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Such a beautiful city filled with wonderful culture.
    This beauty will continue and not let others fear to visit this beautiful place.

  109. Lucia Fernando says:

    People of Paris and France, we are in mourning too. Yours is the city of Light.

    Long may you shine as a strong beacon for all that is good in this world.

  110. Joseph C says:

    Although I reside in the USA, I am convinced that my heart and soul dwell in Paris — once again, you shall prevail as you have in the past and I will return to share in your triumph

  111. Hilary Nicol says:

    Horrified at these savage and inhuman acts. My thoughts are with France and her people.

  112. Dorothy says:

    Please know that Paris will be in our prayers not only now, but in the days and months to come.
    Remember that God is able to sustain you in your time of sorrow.

  113. Mike in Vancouver says:

    I’m only coming to terms with the shock.
    Paris is the city of Light and love will prevail, love of freedom and our love of an open free society
    Viva la France!

  114. Margaret says:

    Margaret in Perth

  115. Margaret says:

    I felt sickened, shocked, angry and extremely saddened that such a beautiful city and its people should be the target once again of mindless terrorists. We have enjoyed the city on several occasions and felt so privileged to walk those wonderful streets freely. My sincere condolences are extended to the families and friends of the poor souls taken too soon and others who will suffer from the effects both physically and mentally for the rest of their lives. Vive le France!

  116. Suzanne Stone says:

    Dear Alex, Katy and a la carte team

    We had goosebumps when the news flashed up in Australia. An history changing moment.

    To the day we die, we will always remember where we were when this attrocity happened.

    Tears in our eyes but pride in our heart for the resilience, strength and tenacity to the principles of not just the city of lights but to the nation of light.

    Our flags are at half mast. We are thinking of you all and send you our love in blue, red and white.

    Hope to be back in Paris in 2016.

    With much love
    Suzanne and Alan Stone

  117. Leanna Jamie Loutides says:

    I visited Paris last year for my third time and I loved it as always. It broke my heart to hear of these senseless attacks and murders. I too am a Pariessiene in my heart and I am with you in spirit as you continue to stand for freedom. Love always to our French allies. I plan to return in 2017.
    Leanna Jamie Loutides from Australia. Vive la France forever.

  118. Trace says:

    We have spent many wonderful holidays in Paris, most recently in July this year. We stayed with A la Carte near the Eiffel Tower. We adore the French culture, people & food. We have always been treated as dear friends & feel like Paris is a second home. I have never felt unsafe or threatened in Paris…I am devastated that Parisians have had their innocence so brutally destroyed. Oor prayers & love are with all of you at this very sad time. Stay strong & hug each other every day. Goodness will overcome evil always.

  119. Jeanette Juarez says:

    Throughout the world we share your sorrow and pain. We join you in your fight against fear and evil to overcome these sad days. Vive la France!

  120. Michel Camburako says:

    I am furious and outraged at this stupid and cowardly act of violence. Never before have I more regretted that my parents took me away from my homeland. My thoughts and hopes are with you always. I am praying for everyone in France.

    Que Dieu bénisse la France!

  121. Christine Wigg, South Carolina, USA says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you. My condolences and heartfelt sympathies to the family and friends of those who died. To those who have been injured, I pray for a speedy recovery. This was a senseless, horrific act and it will never stop me from visiting your beautiful city of lights.

  122. Jim & Luis says:

    We are horrified and deeply saddened by the vicious, monstrous attacks on Paris, its families, friends and visitors. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to all of the victims, their families, loved ones and to all of Paris and France. Stand tall, stand strong and know that we are standing with you, shoulder to shoulder, now and forever. “They” will never deter us from returning to beautiful Paris! Jim & Luis

  123. Caroline says:

    We are horrified, outraged, deeply saddened by these vicious barbaric attacks on Paris, and its inhabitants. Paris will always be the true symbol of culture, art and beauty, that gives so much pleasure to so many. This must never change. We mourn your loss and pray that this insidious society of murderers and destroyers of history will be wiped away.

  124. Elizabeth says:

    We will all march forward. Hand in hand much love and prayers from St Augustine’s. Oklahoma Coty

  125. Victoria & Andre, Naples, FL USA says:

    We could not believe the atrocious acts that were unfolding on our television Friday evening. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at A La Carte, all Parisians, and all the citizens of France. We pray for world peace and know that the City of Light and Love will lead the way. Je suis Paris!

  126. Jenean from Minnesota says:

    My thoughts and prayers go out to all the victims, their friends and families, the people of Paris and the the people of France.

  127. Geoff & Kath Rogers, Encounter Bay, South Australia says:

    The wonderful sentiments expressed in the New York Times article perfectly reflect our own – vive la France, nous t’aimons

  128. Dwight Weidenhamer says:

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the Parisians out there. The USA stands beside you in the fight against terrorism.

  129. Chris from Perth says:

    My love affair with Paris and all things French will continue to do so after these evil acts of atrocity against your citizens. Truly senseless and as an Australian I will stand always for fairness, equality and peace and I hope to return to my most favourite city in the world to stand united with you. My heart goes out to all. Je suis Paris.

  130. James from Texas says:

    Enough of the hope and prayers. Time to kick some ass. Let’s send some very dangerous men their way and show them exactly how much fury they have unleashed.

  131. Michel Camburako says:

    James from Texas: How I love Texans! This sort of thing could not happen in your state because the jerks would have been riddled with gunfire long before they could get off the second shot!! God love Texas! While I regret that I do not live in France, I sometimes wish I lived in Texas!

  132. Deborah Logan says:

    People all over the world love Paris. It is the essence of beauty and vitality. No act of madness can take this away. I hope the people of Paris are strengthened by the love that is being sent to them. We will never stop loving Paris. We will never stop coming back.

  133. lillian says:

    “Pais is always a good idea” Audrey Hepburn.
    I have this reminder at my bedside to remind me of the numerous times I have loved and enjoyed Paris. It will not end because of the horrific acts of violence upon it , au contraire.
    I shall return and enjoy its delights again.

  134. Anonymous says:

    God Bless you all. … I stayed at one of your rentals Alex & company and l loved it… Paris is beautiful… Such a shame that such evil people exist to hurt the innocent…I pray you find the strength to stay strong… I promise you this I’ll be back….No coward terrorists will keep me or my family away from Paris….. Pray for you all Mark G.

  135. Patty M says:

    Having just returned from Paris shortly after the attacks, i was so sad that the City I love so much was going thru this tragedy. My heart goes out to all the victims families and all the wonderful people of Paris. Let there be light again!! I will return to to my Paris.

    Patty M.

  136. Karyn says:

    As I listened to the stories unfold of the horrific events that took place in Paris last week I was saddened and angry that such sensless acts of violence were once again being infllicted upon the the innocent. Paris is a city I fell in love with on my first visit and again last year after spending a week staying in the Marais district. I will definitely return to Paris and I will not let these terrorists change the way I live my life. My thoughts are with you Paris.

  137. Bill Bray says:

    It has been so fantastic to keep on reading of the love and support for Paris, France and its peoples.In spite of the terrible event of 13 November Paris will forever remain in the hearts of so many of us around the world. I, for another, “found” Paris some years ago, and absolutely enjoyed every chance I have had to return. May my visit in 2016 continue my love and enjoyment of everything that is Paris.

  138. Pam says:

    I am so grieved people who died and Paris. Hopefully some day the insanity will stop.
    Bless you all

  139. Carolyn says:

    Having visited Paris for the third time, we love this place for the culture, food, shopping and the excitement, visiting all these amazing places and museums.
    Sending my heartfelt prayers and thoughts to all the people who have been effected at this time.
    Blessings
    Carolyn

  140. Randi, Florida says:

    My heart still aches for the people who continue to suffer from injuries due to these senseless attacks on the wonderful people in Paris. I apologize for my country not doing more at this time to help in stopping this from ever happening again. France has become the world leader. It is so lovely to see a French flag at half-staff, along side the American flag, on the beach here in our neighborhood. My love and best wishes to you in Paris.

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