Le Quasimodo Notre-Dame

July 20, 2002 - 5:00 p.m.

The place is somehow crowded and relaxed at the same time. The streets are relatively quiet, just people walking to and from Notre Dame and not many cars at all. My table is round, wooden. I was given a packet of sugar cubes and a glass of water with my espresso.

The coffee cup has the name of the café and a purple drawing of a rope-holding jester-dressed hunchback superimposed in front of Notre Dame. It looks as though he's had lip injections, probably in a vain attempt to counter the negative aesthetic reaction that sporting a hump normally effects.

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Le Quasimodo Notre-Dame
11, rue d'Arcole
75004 Paris
Metro: Cité
Price of an espresso: 1.90 euros
Sugar: packet of sugar cubes

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