Le deuxième café

“I believe the nicest and sweetest days are not those on which anything very splendid or wonderful or exciting happens but just those that bring simple little pleasures, following one another softly, like pearls slipping off a string.” – L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Avonlea

“Home isn’t where you’re from, it’s where you find light when all grows dark.” – Pierce Brown, Golden Son

Le deuxième café

There is a second café now, in


C’est petit

Not so grand as the first

Cosy – like that favorite old sweater

Clung to on autumn’s first chill

Across the road, a large wooden table

Around it are six stools – room for twelve (stacked nearby)

Another small table just outside the door

The pattern is repeated inside

Tapas, wine, beer as you like

No extra charge for welcoming service

From your first visit,

You have come home



Author: Léa

A wanderer who has found home and herself in the South of France.

5 thoughts on “Le deuxième café”

    1. Liz, as usual, you are absolutely correct. However, I may decide to put myself into a lockdown. Much of the south of France escaped having any Covid-19 hot spots. I was sure that the nice weather would change all that as other parts of the EU began the second wave they all decided to come to the Mediterranean. Most have gone back but the vendange has brought young people from all over the EU to come and help harvest the grapes. A friend just told me that a doctor in Tuchan (12k south-east) has it. Did he pick it up somewhere on vacation? We shall see… Be well, my friend.

      1. Given how virulent this thing is, I think you’re prudent to be thinking about putting yourself in to lockdown. My husband and I have been sheltering in place since the US went into lockdown in March. The country is in the midst of another surge, thanks to more irresponsible partying.

      2. Liz, I heartily agree. My only change from lockdown is the once or twice a month trip to the home of a friend. She is equally cautious. We sit and chat in her garden, her husband joins us for the first twenty or so minutes when we speak only French as he speaks no English. We practice distancing and should we go inside at all it is with a mask. I have stopped at the new cafe a few times but sat across the street and not near anyone. There have been a few at the opposite end of the table but it is substantial. But now, that may be off the list as well, and back to shopping for food only. I get in and out of shops quickly, go during their slow times, and head back home.

      3. Unfortunately, many of the young, and some others, feel they are invincable. We cannot change that only hope to set examples and educate where possible but you already know all that. We are currently verging on another lockdown due to tourists bringing it from all over the EU and now more from the young people who have come to help with the harvest. Liz, thank you. A dose of sanity is always most welcome.

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