Aux Sources

September 3, 2002 - 3:30 p.m.

The front row of round tables outside is blue and next to them are two blue Pepsi umbrellas. Then the blue awning starts and closer to the café is a row of round yellow tables. All the outside tables have silver chairs with three horizontal slats across the back and four across to comprise the seat.

The tables inside, where I sit, are wooden, square. The chairs are wooden too, mostly natural wood in color with a couple of cherry-stained. Above, the ceiling is reddish, and there is a row of conical-shaped lights with varying stripes of blue, red, and purple. Over the bar counter is a row of lights stairstepped to hang at different heights -- these lights are black metal, like old-fashioned office lamps, and the bulbs in the middle two seem to be burned out. A row of silver spotlights is positioned to light up the shelves of drinks and glasses.

Outside passes the usual steady stream of cars, tourists, business people and beautiful women. A meter maid in a funny red-striped blue hat and a red skirt and white shirt is putting a ticket under the windshield wiper of an apparently-offending parked car. A middle-aged woman pushing a baby stroller containing a small, popcorn-eating child just showed up and greeted a friend who was waiting for her here. The woman has sequins glued onto the upper part of her overtanned left arm. This place has definitely succeeded in attracting the jet set crowd.

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Aux Sources
Metro: République

Price of an espresso: 2 euros
Sugar: tube of powdered sugar
Bonus: square of dark chocolate

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