After a long day of boating around the Bay of Arcachon during our time in Bordeaux, I was ready to unwind, so I decided to head out and find somewhere to sit and enjoy a cup of coffee. Yesterday, I noticed a little cafe just across from Bordeaux Cathedral on our walking tour of the city, so I decided to check it out.
With a cluster of tables and chairs out front shaded by umbrellas, Le Café Français is quintessentially French and exactly the kind of place I was looking forward to visiting. The waiters were warm and welcoming, the atmosphere was relaxed and most importantly, the cafe crème and chocolate-smothered crêpe that I ordered for dinner (when in France!) were both delicious.
While I sipped and ate, I saw people going about their afternoons all around me—kids zooming by on scooters, people making their way home with baguettes in their bicycle baskets and others casually strolling by. As I sat there, eating great food, enjoying the beautiful weather and surrounded by conversations spoken in French, I felt completely immersed in daily life. A thrilling feeling I won’t soon forget!
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