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What do the Parisians do in winter when the cafes close?

What do the Parisians do in winter when the cafes close?

Nov 6th, 2006, 06:38 PM
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What do the Parisians do in winter when the cafes close?

I assume that the outdoor cafes close during the winter months. What on earth do the locals do with the block of time they normally give to cafe-sitting when the weather is hospitable? Don't tell me they actually stay at work all day!
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Nov 6th, 2006, 06:54 PM
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Well, the cafes do have indoor seating, too.

And actually, a lot of cafes have outdoor heaters, so the outdoor tables are open more of the year than you might think.
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Nov 6th, 2006, 06:58 PM
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Well, I can think of one other very popular mid day activity. It's the reason they invented the bidet.
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Nov 6th, 2006, 07:57 PM
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besides NeoPatrick's cheeky response . . .

"I assume that the outdoor cafes close during the winter months" Nope
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Nov 6th, 2006, 08:00 PM
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"Cheeky"????Janis, where is your sense of humor.

I can think of that same activity but I'll be more upfront about it: they call it a "nooner."
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Nov 6th, 2006, 08:19 PM
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You obviously don't know the meaning of "cheeky"
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Nov 6th, 2006, 08:25 PM
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Meant to add - I guess using smileys is the only way to make sure some people understand . . . . . . .
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Nov 6th, 2006, 09:06 PM
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They also drop plastic "walls" from their awnings to protect customers from the rain so along with the outdoor heaters, I don't think weather is much of a deterent to sitting in a cafe - at least it wasn't when we were there in a November/December.
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Nov 6th, 2006, 09:13 PM
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With those butane umbrella heaters, it even sometimes gets too hot when you sit outdoors in the winter.
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Nov 6th, 2006, 10:35 PM
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>>>>>
With those butane umbrella heaters,
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what a waste of energy. when it's cold out, people should just be cold or go inside. no need to heat the outdoors.

i can't help notice the irony of this in relation to that airconditioning threads over the summer....how it was said that the french (and germans) don't like aircon because they want to experience the weather as it actually is....to be more natural. then they go and heat the outdoors so they can sit outside and pretend it's summer! brilliant.

btw, we also heat the outdoors here in england too and i don't like them here either.
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Nov 6th, 2006, 10:41 PM
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When I sit under those heaters at a restaurant my hair feels like it is going to catch on fire and my feet are still freezing. It is really uncomfortable.

I would just go inside the cafe and eat.
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Nov 7th, 2006, 01:16 AM
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After walking all around Paris on a frosty morning, nothing could be nicer than a cafe window table splashed with a puddle of bright sunshine.

Unlike summer months, the inside is lively and full of Parisians, warm and enjoying their vin.
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Nov 7th, 2006, 01:37 AM
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Walkinaround, I have the feeling we will see more outdoor heating here in England when smoking is banned in all the pubs.
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Nov 7th, 2006, 06:04 AM
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Thanks to all of you for educating me on the "possible" afternoon activities for our Parisian friends during the cold months. As some of you said, I can't figure out why someone would want to sit out in the cold near an oversized butane heater. Guess you really have to have an appreciation for the "alluring powers of the cafe."
I do agree with Heimdall. As more and more establishments become non-smoking, we'll see the increase in outdoor heaters.
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Nov 7th, 2006, 06:21 AM
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There were plenty of outdoor sitters when I was there in January. Drink some antifreeze -- cognac. But I preferred to do as JeanneB.
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Nov 7th, 2006, 07:13 AM
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Maybe Parisians hit a museum or go shopping now and then..? And don't forget les cinemas..!
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Nov 7th, 2006, 07:41 AM
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"cheek·y (chk)
adj. cheek·i·er, cheek·i·est
Impertinently bold; impudent and saucy."

"cheek‧y  /ˈtʃi
–adjective, cheek‧i‧er, cheek‧i‧est.
impudent; insolentquot;

Hmmm. I didn't think my post was cheeky either.


But speaking of those heaters, I've never figured it out either. In most cases people sit under those heaters that give out so much heat that in the summer they'd be complaining about the heat if it were that warm.

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Nov 7th, 2006, 07:50 AM
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There are very very few cafes that only consist of outdoor areas, I can't think of a single one in Paris except for those holiday things in the parks. People sit in cafes all year, why would you think otherwise. They are places to eat and drink. I often sit indoors in a cafe even when it's not that cold out -- I prefer it sometimes if the outdoor area is really crowded, or in the sun, etc.
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Nov 7th, 2006, 10:21 AM
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NP: I meant it as "saucy" - (that's a good thing BTW) - and I think you'll agree it was
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Nov 7th, 2006, 10:26 AM
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People sit inside, when/if the patio section closes. Same as anywhere else.
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