OK, I have decided, I am quitting my day job and will sit at cafes all day and all night. Drinking, eating, smoking and talking about life & politics (but I don't smoke, or speak French, so I guess that's not happening).
Cafes are a way of life for the French. Every street is lined with cafes, brasseries and restaurants. People are sitting outside, even in the winter months. It is a French tradition. All times of the day, people are eating, drinking coffee or wine, and just hanging out. There is no time limit, and the waiters never push you to leave.
You can basically sit at a table the entire day and read a book or blog! and you only need to order a cup of coffee. I don't understand how they make money this way, but it is a wonderful, relaxed, laid back way of life.
We also love to see people with their well behaved dogs sitting besides them inside even the most formal restaurants. Dogs and children are well behaved here and always welcome.
We like to eat at cafes/brasseries mostly, because you can have more traditional French food, and lite fare, rather than a huge, costly meal. You can get away with a bottle of wine and small meals for under $40. for dinner, and the portions are large.
Today, for lunch, we shared a salad with duck, jambon, avocado, wonderful toast w/ warm chevre (goat cheese) and other goodies tucked in the salade, for 13 euros (about $20., and large enough to share). We brought home a prune tarte for our evening snack, and it was only fantastic!.
More tomorrow from the City of Light.