Paris Cafe

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Paris Cafe

One of the highlights of visiting Paris, is sitting in an Parisian outdoor cafe, watching the busy world go by. 

Paris Cafe

During our recent stay in Paris, my favourite start to the day was wandering down the road to the local cafe, where we enjoyed some delicious, freshly baked, butter croissants and "pains au chocolats" (croissants with a stick of chocolate in the middle).  These melt in your mouth delicacies were chased down by a wonderful, creamy cafe au lait.  Take out is pretty much frowned upon still in Europe, although Starbuck's is rearing its ugly head in Paris.  It was delightful to slow down and smell the coffee, served by snooty waiters who deemed you fortunate to be waited upon by them. 

I'm happy to report that the cafe culture is alive and well and surviving in Paris. 

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Rainer
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Sally Weatherley
EXIT STAGE RIGHT - Vancouver, BC
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Valerie - Tu es tellement drole!  Le voyage a Paris allait tres bien et j'amerais retourner aussi tot que possible.  J'etais aussi jalouse quand tu as voyage en Italie!  I know, where the heck to you find the key board accents?...  En tous cas, c'est tres gentille de m'ecrire en francais.  A bientot!

Sep 26, 2011 02:26 PM #17
Rainer
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c m
Colorado Springs, CO

LUCKY GIRL! I have been away from AR and didn't know you had taken a trip! On our whirlwind trip through Europe years ago, jumping on and off trains in different cities, we were exchanging money everywhere we went, (JUST before the Euro was introduced!). Anyway, we were in a Parisian cafe, had our breakfast and the hubs was not sure how much money we had.  In his very best French, as he held both hands out with ALL of our French francs, coins, etc., he asked the waitress to take what was due...we think she took pity on the "not so smart Americans" and so we tipped her well, (we think! =o) I am jealous, would love to return someday...

Sep 26, 2011 07:20 PM #18
Rainmaker
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David Stevens
Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty, Victoria BC Canada - Victoria, BC
Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty

Bonjour Sally! What a great way to start your day - breakfast at a little cafe in the middle of Paris. Sounds like you had a wonderful time.

A Bientot ...

sorry - don't know how to type the ^ accent on there.

 

Sep 27, 2011 04:02 AM #19
Rainer
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Sally Weatherley
EXIT STAGE RIGHT - Vancouver, BC
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Cheryl - Oooh, your whirlwind European trip sounds wonderful.  I have to say, having the Euro certainly simplifies things.  The Lira was the currency that used to boggle my mind.  A trip to a Parisian Cafe is always an adventure.  There's almost always something fun or unusual to observe or participate in. 

David - Bonjour!  The little croissant and cafe creme was the "breakfast of champions" for me.  I needed to fuel up on caffeine to have the energy to sightsee all day.  A Bientot... (accent circumflex...).

Sep 27, 2011 02:00 PM #21
Rainer
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Sally Weatherley
EXIT STAGE RIGHT - Vancouver, BC
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

David A. - I couldn't agree more.  Twice a day for sure, although by the afternoon cafe stop it's usually "un verre de vin rouge, s'il vous plait"!

Sep 27, 2011 02:06 PM #22
Rainer
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Alicia Barrington
THE ORIGINAL HOUSTON HOME STAGING - Katy, TX
Houston Home Staging Presents Alicia Barrington

Bonjour Sally!

Ah, Paris in the fall...... well, Paris in the winter, the spring, the summer...

Wishing you bon voyage!

Sep 28, 2011 12:21 AM #23
Rainer
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Sally Weatherley
EXIT STAGE RIGHT - Vancouver, BC
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Tom - Too true - Paris anytime of year is wonderful.  We had a "voyage magnifique" - so love that city!

Sep 28, 2011 01:09 PM #24
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Malcolm Johnston
Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario - Trenton, ON
Trenton Real Estate

That looks like a fabulous treat Sally. I don't think the cafe culture will ever die in Paris. It's great fun to be waited upon by people who look at you like you're something the cat has dragged in.

Sep 30, 2011 05:17 AM #25
Rainer
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Sally Weatherley
EXIT STAGE RIGHT - Vancouver, BC
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Malcolm - I must be a masochist, but I rather enjoyed being waited upon by someone who thought I resembled something stuck to the bottom of their shoe!  When in Rome... 

Sep 30, 2011 05:40 AM #26
Rainmaker
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Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation
RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate - Victoria, BC
Accredited Real Estate Consultant

Hi Sally...Chocolate in the Morning...mmm Bad Girl ? Hey I bet it was delicious with your late.

Can I carry your Bags next time...Love to See Paris

Glad to see you home safe and sound...

Now start Blogging Girl Show us what you learned and found in Paris.

PS: Great Photo!!

Love Ya!

 

Sep 30, 2011 05:41 AM #27
Rainer
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Sally Weatherley
EXIT STAGE RIGHT - Vancouver, BC
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Fred - Chocolate any time of the day is a very good thing!  Thanks for the nudge - I will definitely put some more posts together very soon!  Love Ya Back!

Sep 30, 2011 05:47 AM #28
Rainmaker
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Dana Smithers
PRES Staging Resource Centre - Vancouver, BC
PRES Staging Training, Redesign Training & Busines

Sally your life is just FAR TOO MUCH FUN!!!! I'm happy you are taking some 'me time' because you so deserve it. I see the townhouse you staged in my complex must have SOLD because there are people in it. The VACANT ONE is still sitting VACANT...what can we say! Hmmmm staging works:) 

Sep 30, 2011 06:32 AM #29
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Kristine Ginsberg
Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC - Short Hills, NJ
NJ Home Stager

Sally - what a great photo - just makes me want to pack my bags and head to Paris and sit at one of these outdoor cafe's. One of these days I make it there - sounds like the trip of a lifetime!

Sep 30, 2011 03:30 PM #30
Rainer
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Sally Weatherley
EXIT STAGE RIGHT - Vancouver, BC
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Dana - If life weren't fun, what would be the point?!!!  That was a great staging success story.  We staged the vacant on the Friday of the Labour Day long weekend (hot, everyone away etc.).  It sold that weekend!  Meanwhile, as you mentioned, the vacant unit for sale next door is still vacant.  Need we say more?... 

Kristine - I know, I can almost still smell the coffee and hear the buzz of the Paris streets.  What a wonderful city.  Hope you are able to take a trip there soon, although the Turks & Caicos (sp?) looked pretty good, too!

Oct 01, 2011 03:00 PM #31
Rainer
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Laura S. Baker
First Weber Inc - Lake Mills, WI
Realtor (920) 728-4118, First Weber Inc

Oh my gosh, that looks and sounds so yummy!  What an amazing experience that sounds like, even the snoody waiters.  LOL!!!

Oct 01, 2011 05:45 PM #32
Rainer
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Not a real person
San Diego, CA

Since you like the cafe culture, give me a call when you get to San Diego.  We have a thriving cafe culture here.  Mostly at the beach, but also inland in probably every city here.

Oct 01, 2011 10:24 PM #33
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Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Hello again Sally and once again this coffee and croissant is looking real good! VB will wait for your photo pics when you were younger and I bet you were a cute young lady ...

VB ;o)

Oct 02, 2011 03:08 AM #34
Rainer
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Sally Weatherley
EXIT STAGE RIGHT - Vancouver, BC
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Laura - I think the snooty waiters was the best part!  It's so the antithesis of what you'd find in North America, service-wise.  If anyone ran a cafe like that here, they'd be closed in no time.  Ah well, c'est la vie!

Russel - You're on!  San Diego is a gorgeous city, and what would take it over the top for me would be sitting in an outdoor cafe overlooking the warm, sunny beaches.  Ahhhh - can you post a photo so that I can at least imagine being there?...

VB - Ha ha - you are nothing if not persistant!  Okay, okay, I will try harder to post a photo in my younger days.  The ravages of time are certainly cruel, though.  I'm enjoying seeing your "Roger Daltry" look.

Oct 02, 2011 04:08 AM #35
Rainer
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Kathy Burke
Sensational Home Staging~~Danville, CA - Danville, CA
S.F. East Bay Home Staging

Sally....that photo captures sitting in a bistro in Paris!  It is also my favorite city in the world to visit.  I'm hoping to get back there in the next 2-3 years....and will be picking your brain for little gems before I go!!

Oct 02, 2011 09:26 AM #36
Rainer
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Sally Weatherley
EXIT STAGE RIGHT - Vancouver, BC
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Kathy - The highlight for me this trip was visiting Montmartre.  I'd never been there before.  It's such a pretty, unique area of Paris. 

Oct 02, 2011 09:39 AM #37
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