Au Café

La Mascotte, Montmartre

Le Boulanger des Invalides Jocteur

Le Nazir, Montmartre

It’s morning, too early for the office commuters, the receding dawn quiet broken by the faint hiss of water from the street cleaner’s hose at the next intersection as he washes down the sidewalks. The waiters are setting out chairs, wiping their tables down, tucking the towel back into the waist of their freshly starched aprons. The regulars start appearing, like actors in a well-rehearsed play, hitting their cues and marks, shuffling out of buildings, past the sleepy concierge leaning in the doorway with her arms wrapped around her, a thick sweater keeping the morning chill at bay. Shutters unfold on the windows above the café, arms disappearing back into the drowsy warmth of bedrooms. It’s a daily symphony: the clinking of cups and saucers being stacked next to steaming espresso machines floats out of café doors, accompanied by the mechanical hum of an idling car, the rough crinkle of a heavy paper bag, overflowing with still-warm baguette, as the baker’s assistant makes his deliveries, and, distantly, the faint murmurs of two lovers on the third floor, starting their day tangled up in each other. Martin will order an espresso, hesitate over a croissant, and end up eating two, the crumbs falling into his newspaper and getting caught in the folds. Martin dans le matin, they call him.

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July 6, 2015 / art / photo / Travel / LEAVE A COMMENT / 10

10 comments

  • You shared another portion of the book!!!! MORE!

    • It’s not from the book, actually! Just stretching my creative muscle a bit. xo

  • Crud, now I want a croissant. I’m betting you I’ll gain some significant poundage whilst reading your book

    • Haha, about as much as I’ve gained writing it ;) xo

  • I love your writing so much!
    What a perfect description of the “ballet parisien du matin”.

    • Thank you so much, Charlotte!! I’m blushing :) xo

  • I LOVE THIS. it’s been too long since we’ve had a teaser. i hope this means you’ve been back at it again.

    • Thank you, L! It isn’t from the book, but it is a sign that I’m getting my brain working and used to writing daily again! xoxo

  • beautifully written xo

    • Thank you, darling girl. xo