You’ll find outdoor cafes on pretty much every sidewalk in Paris.
But this one, at 41 Rue Charonne, seemed to have an especially friendly ambience on this sunny weekday afternoon.
Smiles and chatter passed freely back and forth in the midst of the commotion generated by bicycles and scooters crowding onto the sidewalk, umbrellas and awnings flapping in the wind, waiters in constant motion between kitchen and tables – and of course, the traffic careening and sirens screaming on the street.
Maybe pausing will eventually catch on in the ‘New World’, too.
We can always hope!