The sidewalk café culture – one of the first five photos I took after stepping off the plane in Paris.
Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary includes as one of its definitions for “culture”:
the customary beliefs, social forms, and material traits of a racial, religious, or social group; also : the characteristic features of everyday existence (as diversions or a way of life} shared by people in a place or time <popular culture><southern culture>
The outdoor cafés and bars of Paris are a delightful expression of everyday existence, and this snapshot captured the casual, everyday nature of that culture – from the little dog looking expectantly at the scarf-adorned older woman walking by, to the gentleman at the table with a beer on a weekday afternoon. Scenes like this always drew me in more than the crowded cafés filled with tourists along the popular routes.
Aaron Joel Santos created this week’s photo challenge theme and challenged us to inspire curiosity with our photographic response. Don’t these scenes just invite you to pull up a chair and enjoy a beverage, while soaking up the ambience of the activity and people around you?! It is something I did not have enough time to do during our whirlwind trip of the city, but you can be assured that finding time to appreciate this timeless culture is something I will delight in whenever we are fortunate enough to return.
Ciao! ~ Kat
This post was in response to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge. ”Culture” was this week’s theme. Everyone is welcome to join in the Challenge; further details on how to participate and links to others’ responses are found here.