Hello fellow budget hunters
I was as shocked as everyone in the recent Barcelona attacks. Last November I was along la rambla and I hope it doesn’t discourage people from visiting the beautiful Catalan city! I wrote a few posts about Barcelona, my favourite being this one.
The Paris Attacks
Today’s post is a reflection on Paris since the terrorist attacks in 2015 and 2016. I’ve seen recent reports showing there has been a rise in the number of tourists there, proving that people are not letting the fear of terrorism deter from adventure!
A key thing I noticed once we got to Italy (and then again Paris) was the sheer volume of police, armed forces and security checks we had to have. I don’t have a problem with being scanned especially if it’s in the interest of safety – however, I didn’t realise we would need two scans to get to the Eiffel Tower.
Thank god that we did as the following day the tower was evacuated because a man tried to push past security with a knife. (July 2017)
However, the police presence in public squares, outside churches and just patrolling is reassuring. I’d rather live in George Orwell’s Big Brother state constantly being watched than the alternative!
I wasn’t sure what to expect in terms of tourism. I know London is recovering from the attacks, but had a good summer in terms of tourist figures. Paris was busy there was so many tourists and it shows the solidarity people have. Also helped by the fact that Paris is a beautiful city. I would recommend visiting (although Venice was my favourite this summer).
I’m pleased that Paris has recovered and had record tourists, especially as capital cities rely heavily on the tourist economy!
My thoughts are with those affected in Barcelona.
Thanks for reading this post,
The Great Ambini
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I also wrote this post about Marseille