Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Café des Sports, Sablet

All over France, people are celebrating Bastille Day today. Also known as La Fête Nationale - National Celebration, Bastille Day commemorates the storming of the Bastille fortress-prison on July 14, 1789. The storming of the Bastille was seen as a symbol of the uprising of the modern nation.

Activities include parades, fireworks and other festivities. I wish I was in Sablet to celebrate with our friends and neighbors there. Café des Sports will be hopping with activity, all presided over by congenial host and patron - owner, Bruno.

A stop by Café des Sports in the morning for a petit café is almost always my first activity of the day. I love to see who comes in for a petit café or glass of wine before heading off to work. Sometimes the wine gets diluted with water depending upon who the wine is for.

Everyone who comes in is greeted with a smile and a warm "bonjour", many greet each other with la bise - a kiss on alternating cheeks upon meeting. Bruno seems to know exactly what drink every body wants the minute they walk through the door.

Newspapers, generally La Provence are read, the television on the wall drones in the background, news and gossip is exchanged, and the usual complaints about the weather are voiced. Everyone is welcomed. Bonne journée and happy Bastille Day.

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