The tragedies in Paris and all over the world have pulled on our heartstrings here in Nolandia. Tears shed, grief still pouring, questions lingering. Why, why, why. But, it is Paris that we are talking about. Resilient, elegant, shining Paris. The city we have planned all year to spend our Christmas in. 

So, we will not be ruled by fear or cowed by terror. Instead, we embrace Paris and hold it close, remembering all of the beauty and strength and grace that it has ever shown us. 

I give you, my favorite Paris quotes:

"I've seen you, beauty, and you belong to me now, 
whoever you are waiting for and if I never see you again, I thought. 
You belong to me and all Paris belongs to me and I belong to this notebook and this pencil.”
-Ernest Hemingway

"You know, I sometimes think, how is anyone ever gonna come up with a book, or a painting, or a symphony, or a sculpture that can compete with a great city. You can’t. Because you look around and every street, every boulevard, is its own special art form and when you think that in the cold, violent, meaningless universe that Paris exists, these lights. I mean come on, there’s nothing happening on Jupiter or Neptune, but from way out in space you can see these lights, the cafés, people drinking and singing. For all we know, Paris is the hottest spot in the universe. "                       -Owen Wilson Midnight in Paris
"America is my country and Paris is my hometown." -Gertrude Stein

And finally,
Paris is always a good idea.-Audrey Hepburn

xx travelbugs and armchair explorers.

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