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I really wanted to write a recipe post for today but as I sat in my hotel lobby in Paris on Saturday afternoon, I just couldn’t get myself to write a recipe. It didn’t feel right.

Gina and I were in Paris when the attacks happened. We were actually on the Seine River near the Eiffel Tower on a boat sitting down for dinner. To put it in perspective how lucky we were, earlier that day we were at a kitchen in central Paris where the cooking competition was. That kitchen was in the middle of where two of the attacks were. About 200m on either side. Our hotel was located near the attacks, too, but when the attacks happened, we were on the Seine River – the complete opposite side. Being on boat and enjoying dinner with fellow contestants, we didn’t really have any sort of idea what was happening. We weren’t on our phones so we weren’t on social media. It was really when we had a break between the meal that we pulled out our phones to loads of texts and social media messages from friends and family back home asking if we were okay that we started trying to figure out why they were asking us that.

And then we knew.

It was actually really surreal to watch all of this unfold at our dining table. Many of the marketing managers from the wine company were French locals and one of the guys lived right down the street from one of the cafés. You could tell on his face that he was sad, horrified, and at a lost for words. I will be honest that it was comforting to be with a larger group of people than if it were just Gina and I wandering around the city (like we had been the night before). We all tried to keep conversation light, the DJ played dance music, and we just tried to enjoy the rest of the night even though in the back of everyone’s mind, we knew the rest of the city was in turmoil.

We stayed on the boat until around 1:00am because calling for taxis during that time, as you can imagine, was pretty much impossible. When we finally got a taxi, we were driving through the city like a bat out of hell. Twists and turns and going through side streets; whatever streets were still left open, we were taking them. We all just wanted to get safely back to our hotel. At one point, I really thought we’d never make it back to our hotel because it seemed like every street we turned on, it was closed or diverted another direction. It was terrifying seeing all the sirens, police, military, guns, closed streets, and people all around trying to get home. What is even scarier (and we didn’t even know until we got back to our hotel room) was that we actually drove right by the Bataclan concert hall where the worst of the carnage happened.

Gina and I made it back safely to the hotel and we climbed in bed and breathed a sigh of relief while we still heard sirens outside our window. It was like that for the rest of the night. We stayed up until 3:30am to reassure friends and family we were okay and also because we couldn’t stop watching the news.

Peace for Paris by Jean Jullien

I can’t imagine the horror and terror that everyone else had to go through that were victims of this senseless attack. The only thing we can do is stand united during this sad time and keep everyone and France in your thoughts and prayers. However, let’s not forget the attacks in Beirut and the Russian plane attack. Basically, the whole world needs prayer and peace.

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Posted on November 16, 2015

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  1. 11/16/2015 at 7:05 am

    so glad to hear you and Gina are safe..you are right, the whole world needs prayers right now..take care friend.

    • Julie
      11/17/2015 at 2:14 pm

      Thank you, Dixya!! xoxo

  2. 11/16/2015 at 7:55 am

    So glad you guys are safe. Agree with Dixya, the whole world needs prayers. :(

    • Julie
      11/17/2015 at 2:14 pm

      Thank you! Yes, the whole world :(

  3. 11/16/2015 at 8:02 am

    I can’t say it enough how glad I am you guys are both safe!

    • Julie
      11/17/2015 at 2:14 pm

      Thanks, Rachel! :)

  4. 11/16/2015 at 8:13 am

    I can’t even imagine what it must have been like to be in the city when all of that was going on. So glad you are both safe and sound back home! Thanks for sharing.

    • Julie
      11/17/2015 at 2:14 pm

      Thanks, Jenny! Happy to be home safe!!

  5. Teri K
    11/16/2015 at 9:57 am

    When I heard about the attacks in Paris, I thought about you and Gina and prayed you both were okay. I can’t imagine what it must’ve been like; glad you are home safe. Pray for Paris, and the whole world.

    • Julie
      11/17/2015 at 2:14 pm

      Aww thank you so much, Teri!! That is so sweet.

  6. Heather
    11/16/2015 at 10:35 am

    Glad you are both safe. I cannot begin to imagine what it must of been like to be there while it happened. And yes our whole world needs prayer. Thank you for your story.

    • Julie
      11/17/2015 at 2:13 pm

      Thanks, Heather. We definitely need to keep united and praying for this world.

  7. 11/16/2015 at 10:51 am

    So glad to hear both of you are fine. Such a sad occurrence l, hopefully they will quickly and be a stronger nation.

    • Julie
      11/17/2015 at 2:13 pm

      Thanks Naomi!! xoxo together we all stand united!

  8. 11/16/2015 at 1:19 pm

    It’s heartbreaking what is happening, and I am very grateful that you are safe. Pray for Paris.

    • Julie
      11/17/2015 at 2:13 pm

      Thanks, Heather! <3

  9. 11/16/2015 at 1:37 pm

    As soon as I heard, I instantly thought of you and Gina as I’d been following along your trip on Snapchat. I was so shocked and hoped you guys were safe. Can’t even imagine how scary it must have been. So glad you are home safe. I was the same with the news, my eyes were stinging with tiredness, but I just could not turn off. Every time I thought about it, something else happened. The world really does need prayers, it’s just awful :(

    • Julie
      11/17/2015 at 2:13 pm

      Thanks so much for your thoughts, Annie!

  10. 11/16/2015 at 4:25 pm

    I’m so glad that you are both home safely now. I was SO worried!! I is still surreal that this happens and so many people are left in the middle of hate and discontent of others. It’s tragic. I hope we as human beings can rise above it, and remember we are better than hurting one another. Prayers and Peace for Paris (and the world).

    • Julie
      11/17/2015 at 2:12 pm

      Aww thanks so much Megan!! XOXO

  11. 11/16/2015 at 4:33 pm

    I’m so glad you are safe and that you posted about Paris! The emotions you must have felt.. I can’t even fathom such a traumatic event and in such a beautiful city. I am praying for Paris and for much needed peace to fill the world!

    • Julie
      11/17/2015 at 2:12 pm

      Thanks, Laura. It’s so sad and unfortunate, isn’t it?

  12. 11/16/2015 at 10:01 pm

    Glad you are safe! Prayers for everyone!

    • Julie
      11/17/2015 at 2:12 pm

      Thanks, Maria :)

  13. 11/17/2015 at 12:15 am

    SO glad to hear you are safe, Julie

    • Julie
      11/17/2015 at 2:11 pm

      Thanks, girl!!

  14. 11/17/2015 at 11:37 am

    Julie, I just saw this on Twitter. That’s such a terrifying experience and I’m really glad you both are ok.

    • Julie
      11/17/2015 at 2:11 pm

      Thanks, Jen! Appreciate it!

  15. Lisa
    11/17/2015 at 1:38 pm

    You seemed so calm! I would have been a wreck. So glad youre safe

    • Julie
      11/17/2015 at 2:11 pm

      Thanks, Lisa! Honestly, if it were myself or just me and Gina, I would’ve been a wreck. If it weren’t for being with a big group and French locals, I don’t know what I would’ve done, haha

  16. 11/17/2015 at 4:01 pm

    So glad to know you and Gina are safe. My heart goes out to those families in France who have lost loved ones. What a senseless tragedy.

  17. 11/18/2015 at 6:51 am

    Julie, amazing to read your story this morning. So happy you are safe. Sad for all the lives lost and the sorrow :(

  18. Nicole
    12/01/2015 at 10:50 am

    My sister was in Paris the same time you were, she was able to leave on Sunday morning first thing, thank goodness. So I understand your feeling of hurt, fear and sadness. Just that day, she had told me what a beautiful city it was, and how safe it felt. It truly is such a shame that people cannot coexist in a harmonious way. I’m so glad you and your friend are safe, and I continue to pray with you for peace.

    • Julie
      12/03/2015 at 7:05 am

      Oh wow, I’m so glad your sister was safe and able to leave Sunday morning as well. Thanks for your comment and concern. xoxo

  19. 12/02/2015 at 3:25 pm

    Hey Julie, this is a bit late but I guess I haven’t checked into your blog for a while! I had no idea you were in Paris during the attacks. Just wanted to say I am glad you’re ok. I nearly started crying reading this blog post. It must’ve been so scary for you guys. <3

    • Julie
      12/03/2015 at 7:06 am

      Thanks so much Natasha! I appreciate you checking in. *hugs*

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