Tonight the Eiffel Tower is illuminated with the words “Fluctuat Nec Mergitur,” Latin for “Tossed But Not Sunk.” These words have been used for centuries by people in Paris, and is part of the city’s Coat of Arms. The events of November 13th will resonate with us for a long time, and bring about emotion that will shape our current world view. Paris, all of France, and the whole of the world, have indeed been tossed, but will never be sunk.
As evidence, the morning after the attack, Saturday morning markets went on as normal across France: in Sarlat in the Dordogne and Apt in Provence. There was certainly a slower pace, but they went on because that is what must be done.
The French have extreme pride in their culture and way of life. Their resilience and traditions are part of the beauty of touring there. It isn’t surprising how they are moving forward after last Friday’s events: diligently, proudly, and with genuine yet somber fortitude.
“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” This statement was made by FDR at one of the lowest points in American history, and it resonates with the current situation in France. We, along with the remainder of the sane world, mustn’t let the tragedy change us or get us down, lest “they” win.
We at Outfitter Bicycle Tours have been in touch with all of our guides, and many of our hotel and other connections across France. All is well, and the healing process has begun.
France is open, and so is Outfitter Bicycle Tours. We are committed to a beautiful 2016 tour season!
Vive La France!
– Jamie & Joy Gilpin