When Father went to England in 1956, in the holidays, he went across to Europe. When he came home, he bought models of the Eiffel tower. he gave them to our relatives. They kept them with pride, and whether we visited them, they brought out the Eiffel Tower.
I have not been to France, I have no urge to go when my friends, fellow faculty wives had gone, and didn't feel safe, some were robbed.
MASS muggings and attacks on Chinese tourists in Paris have spawned alarm and warnings of a decline in the number of free-spending visitors from the Asian giant who swarm to France.
More than one million Chinese visitors come every year to France, a country which for them epitomises luxury, romance and quality products.
But that may very well change, said one expert, citing a slew of recent attacks which he says takes the sheen off the "City of Lights" for Chinese visitors.
"This has become a scourge. Since the past year, we have been seeing attacks almost every day," said Jean-Francois Zhou, the head of Ansel Travel, which specialises in tours to and from China.
On March 20, a group of 23 Chinese visitors were robbed in a restaurant shortly after they landed in Paris's Charles De Gaulle airport.
Their passports, plane tickets and cash were stolen and the group leader sustained an injury to the face.