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Paris street cafe

Posted on | February 19, 2009 | 12 Comments


BigB, Paris 2002

Picture the scene: an extended family group enjoying a day in Paris before taking the train to historic Poitiers. It’s about lunchtime and the group has stopped to review lunch options in a narrow street lined with small cafes. And then WanderMom notices that her two-year-old has slipped out of view. Frantic, she alerts the rest of the group and everyone’s attention is immediately focused on finding the child. Within seconds, WanderDad starts laughing, pointing into a nondescript cafe-tabac just a couple of doors from where the group had originally been standing.

This little guy is a kid who just loves his eggs, and is very serious about his food. And he’s a child, who even at two, was ready to take charge of his own destiny. While the adults were deliberating what and where to eat, he spied the customary wire rack of hard-boiled eggs on the counter of the cafe-tabac. Being used to high counter stools from home, he perched himself up on one and without a word of french was negotiating an egg from the proprietor when his Dad spotted him.

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12 Responses to “Paris street cafe”

  1. Carolina
    February 19th, 2009 @ 11:21 pm

    wow, for a minute you had me panicked too. He looks so focused, I can appreciate a little man who takes his food seriously, and he was a cutie too.

  2. Heatheronhertravels
    February 20th, 2009 @ 12:14 pm

    Bless! he’s clearly destined to be a confident traveller.

  3. Peace Mitchell (Australia)
    February 20th, 2009 @ 2:21 pm

    How adorable! I think he’ll go far with an independent and confident spirit like that,
    Thanks for sharing,

  4. Beth Whitman
    February 20th, 2009 @ 3:36 pm

    And BigB does NOT look very big!

  5. jessiev
    February 20th, 2009 @ 3:45 pm

    i LOVE it! i love that he knows what he wants!! what a great shot.

  6. Debbie Dubrow
    February 20th, 2009 @ 5:20 pm

    Hilarious. Gotta love a kid who knows where to get food in Paris

  7. Jackie
    February 20th, 2009 @ 7:47 pm

    That is so awesome. Truly lovely memory for you. And it will be fun to tell him about it when he’s older.

  8. Heading North After Naptime
    February 20th, 2009 @ 9:01 pm

    What a funny story! I cannot believe he got up in that chair!

  9. Dominique
    February 21st, 2009 @ 9:42 am

    I hope he got his egg that day!

    Great shot and story 🙂

  10. soultravelers3
    February 21st, 2009 @ 10:17 am

    Too cute! My little world traveler has the same kind of head strong personality and knows what she wants and how to get it. She was so famous for disappearing regularly in public and so fast ( she walked at 6 months and by 9m she ran faster than me!) that we did not dare start our open ended world tour until she was 5.

    Loved your story!

  11. Quickroute
    February 23rd, 2009 @ 9:20 pm

    How cute – he’s got the Parisian cafe culture down to a tee!

  12. wandermom
    February 23rd, 2009 @ 9:53 pm

    Hey all: thanks for your comments – much appreciated.
    It was a heart-stopping traveling-with-children moment which turned out fine in the end. And this kid is definitely my “have-toothbrush-will-travel” child. I’m sure, in time, we’ll be traveling to find him.

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