Pink bikes and cigarettes

Last evening was peaceful.

The chimney pots across the road look like they parachuted into place...



Today I had to draw up and send cartoons. It was an odd day in that not all of the shops were open.

Every time I come around the corner from rue Sorel I’m taken aback by a really creepy guy who’s standing on the footpath. Then I recognise him...he fools me every single time!

The wall at the park is a meeting place.

Facts:

*Tomorrow is the first day of the school year. Kids have gone to school on Saturdays up until now, and not on Wednesday. This year Saturday school is being cut out according to the local paper...but it all depends on my French.

*Young kids can buy cigarettes...or at least the young girl ahead of me when I was buying the paper today can.

*Rubbish in bags is collected from the street early every morning, except Sunday.

*People occasionally leave discreet bags of dog poop at the side of the road because rubbish in bags is collected from the street early every morning, except Sunday.

*If you eat at the Hotel de L’Europe and think that you’re being asked if you want mushrooms with your dinner, they’re actually asking if you have a room at the Hotel.

*Long-haired dachshunds are allowed into restaurants with their people. They pull their owners behind them and their tails are wagging.

*On the table there’s salt, pepper and mustard. A basket of sliced baguette is brought to the table but may be whisked away if in the end you decide to order an apero (drink) and not food.

*There’s no plate for your baguette if you do decide to order food so you have to leave shards of crust on the tablecloth. Nobody else is eating baguette so you can’t see what the natives do. You still don’t know.

*If you’re REALLY hungry because you were ready for dinner at five but had to wait until 7:30 pm (19h 30 ) which is when the restaurant begins to serve food, one glass of rosé totally does the trick.



Today I walked and had fun catching shapes and patterns and colours and doorknockers......................................................................................................................................................................

Apparently the last guillotining took place in the 1960’s.