Paris, France had a horrible set of terrorist attacks last week. We've all heard about it. I applaud the French for going after the camps of the terrorists who took credit for the attacks. I think anyone would be right to do that. Since then I've seen a plethora of advisories and such that are warning travelers about this area. I just have to say that I'm not sure that's fair. Lest we forget that there are many dangerous places to travel and Paris has rarely been one of them. In the past we have told travelers to avoid South Africa, Venezuela, Georgia, Russia, China, Chad, Nigeria, Liberia, Angola, Rwanda, Somalia, Kenya, Libya, Egypt, Greece, Mexico, Columbia, Grenada, Northern Ireland, Mali, Bali, the Philippines, Borneo, Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Malaysia, Indonesia, North Korea, and the entire Middle East; just to name a few. My theory is that you have to go somewhere if you intend to travel at all.
I once traveled to Russia at a rough time. It was the end of the Soviet Union. It was January, and you figure nothing will happen because it's bloody cold. Well, they opened the churches for the first time in the Baltic States and invited the Pope to preside over several of the services and it turned into a bit of a fiasco. There was an uprising in Vilnius, Lithuania and we just happened to be passing through there. It was inconvenient to say the least. A week or so later, we were trying to come home from Germany, or West Germany at the time, and the first Gulf War started that day leaving us stranded. Was it stressful? Yes. We weren't sure that we were even going to be able to go home, because Europe shut down its airports that day. But let me tell you something. I have great stories to tell today. Was it dangerous? Yes.