Earlier this year, my travels brought me to Nice. Since my first visit there 15 years ago, I have been under its delightful spell. And now, like so many, I am deeply saddened by the horrific act of terror inflicted on so many in this Riviera city on the 14th of July. And also like so many, I am *still* saddened by the tragedies in recent months and years in places like Turkey, Belgium, Syria, India, Iraq, Israel, Nigeria, Palestine, the United States, and so many other places that most of us never hear about.
But I won’t let the ruthless and cowardly acts of individuals with extreme, hateful, and violent beliefs turn me into someone filled with fear and mistrust. As travelers and as co-citizens of this planet, rather than shrink away, we can choose to engage with our world to try to understand it better and to share what we learn with our own communities when we come home.
So in the spirit of learning, understanding, healing, connection, and support, please enjoy some images of Nice that I took on my recent visit. Terrorism cannot take away the charm, beauty, and spirit of this city or its people. Nice is still nice, and hopefully, seeing these photos will remind you of your own memorable journeys to this Mediterranean jewel or will inspire you to go there soon.