A small cafe in Isle sur la Sorgue (the antique capital of France). How I would love to be there now, but I must wait until my next buying trip.
In the meantime...
I'll attempt to re-create those moments spent at the sidewalk cafes, on the terrace of moi boutique and share the makings of ambiance with you.
These vintage Cafe au Lait bowls are wonderful and what an element of surprise when you serve your guests coffee in these. These are found in almost every French maison. For more info on the bowls go to http://www.robinwood.co.uk/pdf/mazer_history.pdf
Aren't these sugar cubes lovely! Talk about the simple pleasures of life. I don't know that I have ever seen a packet of sugar in France, unless it's shaped like a straw. It's customary to have a bowl of sugar cubes, white & brown. I stumbled upon a website recently that sells the most delightful sugar cubes. These would make great hostess gifts for the holidays. Everyone I know will receive a box of these sweeties. Go to www.sugarcubes.ca to check out the selection. They even monogram!!
Talk about "Art de la Table." Demitasse spoons are a must! The word means half cup in French. Most demitasse spoons are less than 6" long. Perfect for swirling that sugarcube.
Don't forget the serviette. Most French napkins are larger, 30" squares, versus the normal 24" in the states.
There also seems to be an abundance of monogrammed textiles in France. Perhaps due to Charlemagne and the first recorded monogram. In the 8th century Charlemagne changed the monetary system for France and much of Europe to the denier or silver penny.
Now for those extra details...If you have never heard of Lara Fabian, check her music out at www.amazon.com. She has several albums in English and French. She's like a French Diana Krall.
Time to go, enjoy the cafe and Sante!