By: Sharon Aron Baron
In a celebration of life for two sisters before one would undergo chemotherapy, never did they imagine the atrocities that would take place during their Paris vacation.
Debra Edhlund and her sister Lisa Turocey residents of Wyndham Lakes in Coral Springs reported from Paris that they are fine. They planned the trip just two weeks ago when Turocey was diagnosed with lung cancer after recovering for uterine cancer.
“I asked her where she wanted to go, and she picked Paris,” said Edhlund. “We went before chemo starts just before Thanksgiving.”
After enjoying the city for one day, Edhlund said they were in their hotel room when they heard about the massacre. She said they were at first shocked, then they were busy letting family know they were okay. “It was very sad. Spent a lot of time watching TV that night and next. it was late here as we are six hours ahead.”
She said that people are trying to go about their day, but are still on edge and talking about it. “The person who gave us a tour today had a friend injured in the Bataclan Concert Hall, but was lucky and is okay. She was stuck in a cafe until 3 a.m. said the guide.”
She said that this was her second visit and the first for her sister. Police are everywhere, and they are searched when they enter a store or a museum. The Eiffel Tower was also closed for tourists when they went. After a moment of silence, Les Invalides, a complex of museums and monuments all relating to the military history of France, opened on Monday.
Edhlund said they have been avoiding the 10th and the 11th arrondissements. “It has been difficult, but how can we complain when we are still alive?” She added that Paris is a beautiful place and hopes that it doesn’t keep people away.
After visiting since November 12, they will be returning home on Wednesday.
“Our hearts go out to them. And as a people and country, we can commiserate after 9/11,” said Edhlund. “They have been most gracious to us during this visit despite the trials. It will take much time but they will recover and we hope the very best for them.”