When I came in, the ideal table was still covered with trash and smoked cigarettes and empty glasses from the previous occupants. And short stacks of coins and an unused ticket for a French movie that was starting in about half an hour. Strange. The waiter came along soon enough to clean the table off, and so my chance for running off to see the movie was taken away with the rest of the table's contents. A few minutes later, a young French man came up to me and asked if there was a ticket on the table. I told him (in French that was bad, even for me) that yes, the waiter had it, and so he went over to the bar, retrieved the ticket, and rushed out. A happy ending.
The waiter brought me a dark blue tube of powdered sugar with my espresso. More recently he put a clean Heineken ashtray on my table, which has a see-through glass top revealing a car ad underneath. The chairs in this small section close to the door are wicker with green and white plastic caning. There are similar chairs and tables in a row outside, and although it is really too cold to sit outside, someone is doing it just the same.
Two women have been sitting nearby for a long while and, for the most part, talk rapidly in French, one of them singing along with the Top 40-type songs on the radio in the conversation's empty spaces.
2 bis, rue de Lyon
Metro: Gare de Lyon
Phone: 01 43 43 21 07
Sugar: tube of powdered sugar
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