Yesterday I mentioned that I thought it was crazy that the Parisians were sitting and eating outdoors in this freezing weather. I had one photo that wasn't that good, but today I was a bit more brazen and took photos all over the city of these nuts sitting outside and eating.
The Parisian cafe is a social hub. . . social center . . . meeting place. . . . relaxation center. . . place to sit and watch the world go by. The Parisians like to sit and watch the world go by while enjoying an aperitif, glass of wine, or plate of food, and they like to take their time doing so. The Parisian cafe offers them the opportunity to do that undisturbed for hours if they want. We walked from the hotel to a market this morning and saw a man and his Welsh Corgi sitting at a table at one cafe. When we returned to the hotel more than an hour later, the two were still there. Almost two hours after that, we were in a taxi heading to our flat, drove by the same cafe, and saw the guy and his dog in the same spot.