The first day after my arrival I left the hotel and walked onto the seaside promenade. I felt like I already knew the place. Modern architecture was present everywhere. There were plenty of coffee shops overlooking the bay, a marina with hundreds of yachts, colorful logos of French companies, and many boutiques and supermarkets. I was surprised by the heavy traffic as well as the well-developed public transportation system.

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The morning of September 11, 2001 was nice and sunny. I decided to carry a camera with me on that day and possibly take a few photographs in downtown Manhattan before going to work. Like every day before, I crossed the Hudson River by ferry and arrived to the World Trade Center area. I walked to work, enjoying the great morning. Suddenly, when I was just across the street from the WTC towers I heard an explosion.

Read more about that terrible day: “My 9/11”