BRUSLY, LA (WAFB) - Lynn and Cheryl Ourso live in Brusly in West Baton Rouge Parish. They are retired and spend much of their time traveling the world. In November, they happened to be in Paris, right in the center of where the November 13 terrorist attacks unfolded.
"We flew into Paris on November 12, and it was a long trip so we rested most of the day," said Lynn Ourso.
The next day on November 13, they woke up early and started sightseeing. It's a trip the retired couple said they have always wanted to make and they rounded out that day with a cruise down the river. That night, instead of going out, they decided to go back to their hotel and just have dinner there. When they found a TV in English, they say they realized they were less than a mile away from the terrorist attacks.
"I closed the window and curtains and turned down the lights to make sure no one could see us because we weren't sure what was going to happen next," said Lynn.
"It's a fear. I watched the news till 3 in the morning. You just want to make sure it's not getting closer to where you are right now," said Cheryl.
The next day, the couple said armed men were at their hotel and they had to show ID and a room key to even go back to their room. They were advised to stay put and that's what they did the entire day.
"I wasn't getting out on the streets. I wanted to get out of Paris. There was several more to see and do. I wanted to get out of Paris," said Cheryl.
Two days later, they left Paris for Spain to continue their Europe trip. The Oursos said they were in Paris for three days, but really only spent one day in the city. Just so happened, Lynn held on to his tickets when they visited the Eiffel Tower, which have the historic date stamped on them: 11/13/2015.
"It makes you wonder about the whole day, the whole experience there. It wasn't the experience we had planned on," said Lynn.
They happened to take a picture of the Eiffel Tower lit up minutes, perhaps even an hour, before the attacks unfolded.
"It's surreal. You just can't grasp that you were right there. You could have been one of those people," said Cheryl.
The City of Lights went dark and the bright lights of the Eiffel Tower turned to red, white and blue.
"One different decision and things could have been totally different," said Lynn.
Such as the couple being tired and going back to their room because they said they would have probably been dining where the attacks happened or even having been outside the soccer stadium, another location where terrorists detonated bombs.
"I've always wanted to go to a soccer game," said Lynn.
"We did think about going to a soccer game," said Cheryl.
They count their blessings and while they were ready to get out of Paris as fast as they could, they say they will go back.
"If you stop, you give in. You're giving in to the terrorist. They've won. What he said was so right. We could get struck by lightning here as well as get shot by a terrorist. You just can't live your life by a terrorist in my opinion. I've always wanted to travel. I will still travel," said Cheryl.
The couple returned from their Europe trip earlier this week.