Traveling in the Face of Terrorism

Traveling in the Face of Terrorism

By Allison Mazur

June 7, 2016

“I’m worried about you going to Paris.”

This has been the refrain for the past few months after the recent terrorist attacks in Paris and Brussels. But this past weekend I traveled with a group of seven girls to Paris, and we had a fantastic and safe time.

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The view from the second level of the Eiffel Tower.

I feel like the media plays a major role in the portrayal of terrorism and natural disasters. There was extra security in many of the public areas and we were all on high alert, but we had no problems while there. We were also warned about the major flooding in Paris, yet while we were there it didn’t really affect us. Not to say the flooding wasn’t a tragedy (a few people have passed away because of it and others have been injured), but it wasn’t as big of an issue in Paris as the media made it seem.

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The Louvre was closed but we got to go by the entrance.

I remember reading countless articles describing the flooding in Paris, and I was afraid to get on the Eurostar the next morning because I thought the streets would be filled with water. My dad texted me telling me to pack my rainboots. But when we got to Paris I asked myself, “Where’s the water?”

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Look at the trees and stairs to see the flooding (they’re not usually covered).

The only place the flooding was apparent was right by the Seine. River cruises were closed and the steps were blocked off to get down by the river. The water was extraordinarily high, but the flooding wasn’t shutting down Paris like the media made it seem. The only thing that was closed was the Louvre (which was unfortunate because it’s an amazing art museum) and a few Metro stations. We got around the City of Light with no problems, and we were able to see Notre Dame, the Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower, the Champs-Élysées, and the Tuileries Gardens. We had a fabulous weekend getaway to France.

After all, Paris is always a good idea.

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