The Germans have left the building. A man comes over talking on his cell phone, and when the waiter approaches him, he motions that his group is at another table.
The windows are painted with boughs of holly from which painted blue and yellow Christmas ornaments hang. The waiter was happy to bring me the glass of water I requested, but he asked me to pay for my espresso immediately.
I was given 1 packet of 3 sugar cubes. A large group sits in the enclosed outside part of the café; there are 13 of them, six on either side and one at the end. It is the night of the 13th of December. The eeriness of the evening is not diminished by the fact that Patrick Swayzee is currently singing "She's Like The Wind" on the radio.
30 Place de la Nation
01 43 43 41 38
Sugar: packet of three sugar cubes
Copyright © 2002 David Sadegh.
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