Le Cavalier Bleu

August 28, 2002 - 7:00 p.m.

In front of the café is the massive Pompidou Center, but most of it is blocked by the umbrellas and long, extended awning. I'm under the awning, next to the café door, so the awning takes up most of my field of vision. It's tan underneath and I can see through it to where the words "Bar Brasserie" arch around the middle over the café logo which appears to be an abstracted pegasus, though it is not visually appealing in the slightest (one of Picasso's less-inspired creations, perhaps). The ice cream menu lying on my table has the same logo and an artist's palette with a black brush lying across the top and red paint on its bristles. There is no red on the pegasus-thing, not yet anyway, it's just a bunch of blue lines and squiggles. An abbreviated blue pegasus also appears on the coffee cup, missing it's front left leg and the back half of its body. The tube of powdered sugar is blue as well.

The tabletop is round, silver edged and covered with little abstract stick figures with bits of red, yellow and blue on a white background that is periodically minimalistically spattered with blue paint, as though it were sprayed in spurts by a low resolution airbrush. Also sharing my table space is a plastic standup featuring the drink menu, beers on one side and cocktails on the other.

The chairs out here are wicker with mostly dark blue caning, though the back and underside caning is more pale baby blue. There's some kind of strange metal "fence" on the sides of the place, bent into abstract curves and shapes.

The sun is hidden behind clouds at the moment, but I'm sure it would soon become unbearably hot if any of the three overhead outside heaters were switched on. Right now the temperature is just perfect. I have no doubt it will rain as soon as I leave the café, however.

NOTE: I later looked up the word "cavalier," and it means "horseman." Perhaps the "wings" on the "pegasus" were actually some knighty blob, but I had no idea at the time.

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Le Cavalier Bleu
Metro: Rambuteau
Phone: 01 42 72 09 29

Price of an espresso: 2.20 euros
Sugar: tube of powdered sugar

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