Cafe Lived!

by Tim Rogers December. 18, 2015 3466 views

I'm sitting in one right now. I sit in them a lot. I'm not a hipster and I'm definitely not a coffee snob. I'm not 100% sure what good coffee is supposed to taste like actually. I just love sitting quietly in a cafe with a coffee, some water and a newspaper. Or coffee & breakfast. Or a red wine and a book. Or a charcuterie plát with some powerful cheese and salad on the side.

Hmmmm, my former life in France is starting to come out again. Many cities are proud of their cafe lifestyle and coffee scene. The French do it the best. I think it's because it's been part of their lifestyle for so long they've had time to perfect it. My current city has a vibrant cafe scene but it's got a long way to go to catch up to the lifestyle that is the French cafe.

I'm not just a francophone though. I've spent wonderful times in cafés with friends in cities in australia that were a long way from chic or classy. I've had a life epiphany sitting in a tiny truck stop cafe in the middle of the outback. I've made career decisions in cafés in the Canadian Rockies. I've shared love and happiness in cafés in Thailand. Ive skyped friends in old fashion cafés in Ireland & waited out the rain in cafés in Scotland or snow in Rome (yep snow in Rome). I've made new friends and learnt about their history in cafés in Croatia. I've wiled away half a day in cafés in Sweden. I've become a regular at cafés in my neighbourhood and become friends with the owners. And I've enjoyed a break in establishments back home that would be bordered up and abandoned by most.

Yes the French do it the best, but cafés have a magic for me that crosses borders. They don't have to be under the Sacre Cour or overlooking the Seine…but it's nice when they are.

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Jacki 5 years, 5 months ago

Lovely spots!

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Yes ! Café is a special "way of life" in France and so different for every part of the country !
Nice street views .

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Dzmitry Samakhvalau 5 years, 5 months ago


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Sara G 5 years, 5 months ago

Wonderful view of capture in #2

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Larry Sample 5 years, 6 months ago


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Antonio Gil 5 years, 6 months ago

Great pictures of such an iconic institution.

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