13th of November 2015 : 130 people lost their lives in the Paris terror attacks. 351 people injured

No words…

Heavy-hearted, anger and determination to express, live and say again my commitment to freedom and secularism, and my love for Paris

Here are some videos, images, pics as tributes to the victims, to Paris and to France

(the first illustration “Peace for Paris” has been designed by Jean Jullien, a French artist who lives in London)


Paris Coat of Arms : “Fluctuat nec mergitur” (= “She tossed upon the waves but does not sink”. In French : “Elle est battue par les flots mais ne sombre pas”. ) 

The official emblem of Paris is a Latin sentence and shows a white boat floating on rough waters, topped with gold fleurs-de-lys. It dates back to 1358. 

An emblem all over Paris : on the Paris town Halls, the schools, the City Police offices… More than 100 buildings throughout the city. 

After the attacks of the 13th of November, this emblem became very popular and was used in social media as a symbol of Paris courage against terrorism.

Andrew Neil – BBC, the week following the attacks –  delivered a message to those who attacked Paris, and those who support them – Wonderful


Support from all around the world

My FB friends : I appreciate so much your many Facebook posts sending your support. 

Plus : Thanks to Michelle Moggio, Jacqueline Hugues and Candy Witt for their beautiful articles about Paris written after the attacks (see the links at the end of this post)

Danielle (a French lady interviewed in Paris) : This short video below has been widely shared across France. 

Known simply as “Danielle,” her comments while placing flowers at a memorial for victims have resonated across France.  Translation below the video

Translation : “It’s very important to bring flowers for our dead,” It’s also important to read Ernest Hemingway’s “A moveable feast”, “Paris est une fête,” (the French title of “A Moveable Feast”) because we are a very old civilization and we will uphold our values at the highest level.”. “We will fraternize with five million Muslims who practice their religion freely and kindly and we will fight the 10,000 barbarians who kill, supposedly in the name of Allah”.


A moveable feast : Following the deadly attacks, Ernest Hemingway’s memoir about life in Paris has become a Bestseller in France.


It’s an ode to Paris, a love letter to the city, its cafes , a timeless evocation of the City of Lights. Paris was a source of inspiration (and still is ?!) for many writers and artists in general and a salve for their psychic wounds.

Yes, Paris bookshops are running out of copies (even on Amazon’s French site). Publishers have ordered it to be reprinted.

The book has been left at memorial sites, as a symbol of defiance, between flowers and candles, in front of the cafes, bars and restaurants where the attacks took place. It can also be seen in front of the Bataclan concert hall.

“There is never any ending to Paris and the memory of each person who has lived in it differs from that of any other. We always returned to it no matter who we were or how it was changed or with what difficulties, or ease, it could be reached. Paris was always worth it and you received return for whatever you brought to it.”

“If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.’’

—Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast

11987069_950692501673617_4660814401254011236_nA comment in the New York Times : published as a comment on an article. Signed by the reader “Blackpoodles”













John Lennon’s Imagine : On Saturday 14th, the day after the attacks, a German pianist dragged a piano around Paris and played John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ outside Paris’ Bataclan theater where many were killed in terrorist attacks.

Celine Dion Tribute to France


A sea of shoes :  Banners which read “Paris marches for climate change” are displayed in front of pairs of shoes.Sea of shoes JS77677546

The march was banned due to security fears after the terrorist attacks.

The shoes symbolise the people (Climate change protesters) who had hoped to take part in the gathering.

They have found a moving way to get round the city’s ban by laying pairs of shoes at “Place de la République”.

Several social media commentators have noted that the majority of the shoes are facing towards the Bataclan theatre- where 89 people were murdered by ISIS affiliated terrorists on November 13.


And 3 beautiful articles written by my FB friends. (I have already posted these articles on my FB timeline, but didn’t manage to insert them in my Blog article…). Here are the links : 

PARIS IS FOREVERWritten by Michelle Moggio. Blog : “The Paris effect”

THE JOY OF LIVING – Written by Jacqueline Hughes. Blog : “The traveling keyboard”

FLUCTUAT NEC MERGITUR – Written by Candy Witt. Blog : “Just around the next bend”




01 - Photo Hemingway - a moveable feast


1918 – La Madeleine (Metro : Madeleine)

First place for Hemingway in Paris : in 1918, Hemingway, a U.S. Red Cross volunteer at the time, found himself in front of the damaged façade of the church.

Hemingway in Saint Germain des Prés :

  • In 1921, Hemingway and his first wife, Hadley, arrived in Paris and stayed in the “Hôtel d’Angleterre” ( room 14 – 44 rue Jacob – Paris 6) – Metro Saint Germain des Prés), recommended by the American writer, Sherwood Anderson, who also gave him letters of introduction to Gerturde Stein, James Joyce, and to the publisher Sylvia Beach.
    Hemingway often enjoyed coming to “Le Pré aux Clercs”, a cafe located nearby the Hôtel d’Angleterre, (30, rue Bonaparte – Paris 6 – Opening hours : 7/7 8am – 2am)
  • Brasserie Lipp (151 boulevard Saint Germain – Paris 6 – Metro Mabillon)  Hemingway was very fond of this place.
  • Michaud (= now called : “Le Comptoir des Saints-Pères”) in Saint Germain des Prés (corner of rue Jacob and rue des   Saints-Pères) – A restaurant
  • Cafe de Flore, 172 boulevard Saint Germain Metro Saint Germain des Prés: After the war, Hemingway used to come to the Coupole regularly.
  • Les Deux Magots, 6 place Saint Germain des Prés – Metro Saint Germain des Prés : One of the oldest cafes in Paris. Among its regulars : Verlaine, Rimbaud, Stéphane Mallarmé, Picasso, Oscar Wilde, André Malraux and Antoine de Saint Exupéry.


Hemingway in Montparnasse :

  • 1924 – Hemingway moves in a flat near the Luxembourg Gardens (113, rue Notre-Dame-des -Champs – Metro Vavin)
  • La Rotonde (105, boulevard Montparnasse – Paris 14 – Metro Vavin) : That’s where he sometimes meets Henry Miller, Scott Fitzgerald and George Gershwin
  • Les Blés d’Ange (boulangerie) – 151 boulevard du Montparnasse – Metro Vavin : That’s where Hemingway was buying his pastries. It was easy for him to get there as it was opposite his house by Notre Dame des Champs.
  • La Closerie des Lilas**   Article about the Luxembourg Gardens : coming next°°° (171, boulevard Montparnasse – RER : Port Royal or Metro : Vavin) He wrote that it was “one of the best cafes in Paris” and it became his “home cafe”. Others writers used to come at the Closerie des Lilas such as Modigliani, Pablo Picasso, Oscar Wilde, Verlaine, Gide, Aragon, Fitzgerald, Sartre, Beckett. Earlier, other famous regulars used to come in this cafe such as : Zola, Gautier, Baudelaire, Honoré de Balzac… That’s where Hemingway wrote his short stories. That’s also where he used to come after splitting up with this first wife, Hadley.
  • Le Select°°°° (99 boulevard Montparnasse – Metro Vavin) – Ernest Hemingway often start his day with breakfast at the Select. He also set several scenes in his novel “The Sun also Rises” (1926) here
  • The Dôme ( 108, boulevard Montparnasse – Paris 14 – Metro Vavin) : Hemingway loved this cafe because often frequented by writers, painters, and artists’ models, such as Gauguin, Modigliani, Kandinsky, Picasso, Miller, Nin and Man Ray.
  • La Coupole, 102 boulevard Montparnasse Paris 14 – Metro Vavin
  • The Dingo Bar ( = today : “Auberge de Venise” – 10 rue Delambre – Paris 14 – Metro Vavin) : That’s where Hemingway met Scott Fitzgerald for the first time. Where Picasso, and Jean Cocteau used to go as well
  • Hotel Venitia (no longer exists. Now, t’s a travel bookshop) 159 boulevard Montparnasse – Paris 14– Metro Port Royal, Vavin or Raspail
  • Ernest-Hemingway-quote
  • Hemingway and the Luxembourg Gardens** and museum (Metro : Luxembourg or Vavin)

    • This was Hemingway’s favorite place to walk. That’s where he would  often meet Gertrude Stein (The American writer, poetess and feminist) who was walking her dog there.
    • He also enjoyed admiring the impressionist paintings in the Luxembourg museum.  In “A moveable feast” he wrote : “I was learning something from the paintings of Cezanne that made writing simple true sentences far from enough to make the stories have the dimensions that I was trying to put in them. I was learning very much from him…”


Hemingway in the Latin quarter :

This neighborhood inspired ‘s greatest early works.

  • 1922-1923 : Ernest Hemingway and his wife, Hadley rented a very modest 2 rooms flat on the 3rd floor at 74, rue Cardinal Lemoine (Paris 5 – Metro Cardinal Lemoine). Hemingway described this place in “The Snows of Kilimanjaro”.
  • Then he rented a studio, (39, rue Descartes – Paris 5 – Metro Cardinal Lemoine) in the attic in a four-story house. There was a small restaurant Chez Verlaine, on the ground floor.

About that time, Hemingway wrote : “I was always hungry with the walking and the cold and the working”.

  • Café des Amateurs (today “Café Delmas”, 2 place de la Contrescarpe – Paris 5 – Metro Cardinal Lemoine).  Hemingway wasn’t very fond of the place because regularly frequented by drunks from the neighboring houses, but started “A moveable feast” with the description of the Amateurs : “The Cafe des Amateurs was the cesspool of the rue Mouffetard, that wonderful narrow crowded market street which led into the Place Contrescarpe.”

(Nearby, the Rue Mouffetard”, one of the Paris’s oldest and liveliest streets, with a number of cafes, restaurants and a famous open market.)

  • Shakespeare and Company :  Sylvia Beach, the owner, gave him a borrowing card allowing him to take as many books as he wanted. In “A moveable Feast” Hemingway writes : “She had pretty legs and she was kind, cheerful and interested, and loved to make jokes and gossip. No one that I ever knew was nicer to me.”hemingway_bookshop devant Shakespeare


Other Hemingway’s locations 

Hotel Ritz 15 place Vendôme – Paris 1 – Metro Tuileries : The bar at the Ritz was one of Hemingway’s favorite place. He spent  many evenings there with Scott Fitzgerald. To commemorate its guest, the bar was named after Hemingway.

69 rue Froidevaux – Paris 14 – Metro Gaité or Denfert Rochereau : The second apartment where he lived with his second wife, Pauline Pfeiffer.






 Article about La Closerie des Lilas 

**   Article about the Luxembourg Gardens : coming next

°°°° Article about Le Select coming next