Hippocampus

July 24, 2002 - 7:00 p.m.

A little neighborhood bar where the tables were packed in so tight that I had to redecorate the place just to get situated comfortably. My table is splotchy pastel green, and the chairs (and sofa seat that I worked so hard to get into) are splotchy lavender-pink. The walls, ceiling and central columns in this place look like they are covered with wood siding. There's a neon clock on the far wall that says "Rock & Roll." The radio is playing songs in English by such artists as Madonna and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Who would have thought that the Chili Peppers would go from covering old Stevie Wonder tunes to being one of the most successful bands on the planet?

A woman with a green top and blue pants is talking loudly in French to a man sitting on one of the barstools as her large black dog wags its tail nearby. The tiled floor looks like a multicolored crossword puzzle that has yet to be filled in.

My coffee cup and saucer are black and my espresso came with sugar cubes. The ashtray is clear glass. The chair frames are metal and painted light green. The French regulars here are a bit too noisy and obnoxious for my taste, but maybe I'm just in a sensitive mood.

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Hippocampus
81 Bd Raspail
Metro: Saint Sulpice
Phone: 01.45.48.10.03
Price of an espresso: 1.85 euros
Sugar: packet of sugar cubes

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