There is definately too much traffic at the intersection just outside. And even if the red umbrella over the outside tables in front of me wasn't blocking my view, the large trees on the other side of the street would still be directly in between myself and Notre Dame; the trees are somehow just the right size to cover the whole thing up. No matter, I've seen it before anyway, and I have better things to do than just sit and ogle some pretty architecture. The endless traffic is annoying, though.
I'm sitting near one of the open sides of the café, in the relatively deserted interior. Instead of one of the many round tables, I opted for a slightly larger table on which to write, square with rounded corners and a blue corrosion design on top. My coffee came with sugar cubes and a glass of water, the word "joker" and a jester's cap carved into the glass on two sides. Two Heineken ashtrays sit in close proximity to me, in case I want to smoke two cigarettes at the same time and keep the ash separate.
The chairs are metal, dull gray with tan seat cushions. Long couches with the same color cushion line the walls of this section of the café -- the back cushions of the couches look like three perfectly stacked logs. A metal design graces the wall just in front of the entrance nearest me -- it looks like a circle sprouting columns from the top and bottom and vines on all sides.
The red umbrellas outside say simply "LND," in gold letters.
Sugar: packet of two sugar cubes
Bonus: glass of water
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