Claudette and I decided to meet at the Café au temps perdu to draw people. Literally translated, the name of this place means Lost Time Cafe, which probably is a subliminal message from those who say that doing anything that doesn’t make money is a waste of time. But on this day, maybe it was a warning.
We arrived just after 9:30 to find the place closed. What kind of coffee place doesn’t open until 10AM? We got lucky and the woman running the place let us in early. We got coffee and set up with a good view of the place, anticipating the throngs of people who inhabit coffee shops every morning.
But they never came. Not one. Nobody. Besides us, the only person in the place was the woman who let us in and she was running around, placing silverware, placemats and menus on the tables and restocking the bar.
Yes, I did say bar. As it turns out, Café au temps perdu is a bar/restaurant more than it is a coffee house. A few people did straggle in about 11:30, as we were getting ready to leave. They were ready for lunch.
So, what do you do when your subject doesn’t show up? You switch subjects, of course. After drinking our coffee and kibbitzing about coffee shops that aren’t, I drew this and we had fun anyway.