image of 2 restaurateurs at Chez Piippo
Billet d'Humeur

New Real Estate for Paris Sidewalk Cafés

It is June 2. Parisians are in front of a café drinking their coffee, chatting with a table mate under a red awning and a bright blue sky. This sounds so normal. But it is another memorable day in history. The restaurants have gone from strictly take away to serving sit-down customers.

Location, location.

Map of Phase 2 deconfinementIf the restaurant is lucky enough to front a wide space or a wide sidewalk, tables may legally extend way beyond their normal space for now. Outside dining is de rigueur until Prime Minister Eduoard Philippe’s next status announcement  or until it rains.  Ile-de-France is one of three departments still “zone orange.” Ile-de-France, Guyane and the island Mayotte have too many new cases and too many people in Intensive Care Units. The next decision for any changes is June 22.

The tables must be at least 1 meter (3 feet) apart. I did not see anyone with a tape measure today. Restaurants may use a one-use only paper menu or laminated menus. A modern alternative is a QR code to read the menu on your phone. Download that QR code reader today! You must wear a mask when not eating or drinking. I saw a lot of mask-free faces.

All in all the Parisians seem very happy with this new level of activity. In theory some streets will go pedestrian to allow tables to extend into the streets.

This Web site and and its blog articles are for travelers to Paris who are looking for advice from someone who lives in Paris. These tips are "for Parisians at heart". Many people would like to visit, some can and some cannot - so I will help you enjoy a glimpse of the city and its surroundings. This project has been ongoing since 2002. Prior to living in Paris (since 1992) my European history a few decades ago with three years in Wiesbaden, Germany. My next foray onto the Continent was after graduation from the University of Florida (where I met Erik): traveling around Europe and UK with my friend, Margie, hitchhiking around and working in Ireland. After living and working as a journalist in Sweden for four years, traveling on boats, the Trans-Siberian Railway, local trains and planes took Erik and I around the world. In 1990 for American Airlines I began working as a flight attendant, based in Chicago. We moved to Paris, France in 1992 where I commuted between Paris and Chicago for my flight attendant/stewardess job. Finally my inner voice said "Stop!" and I left American Airlines after 20 years. Now that is over and I am back working as a journalist and photographer full time on - My videos are posted on YouTube on the colleensparis youtube channel and I am active in Toastmasters. Enjoy!