The Weekend Australian - Travel - - DESTINATION TRAVEL -

‘Place St-Michel, Paris: Then there was the bad weather. It would come in one day when the fall was over. We would have to shut the win­dows in the night against the rain and the cool wind would strip the leaves from the trees in the Place Con­trescarpe ... The wind drove the rain against the big green au­to­bus at the ter­mi­nal and the Cafe des Am­a­teurs was crowded and the win­dows misted over from the heat and the smoke in­side. It was a sad, evilly run cafe where the drunk­ards of the quar­ter crowded to­gether and I kept away from it be­cause of the smell of dirty bod­ies and the sour smell of drunkenness ... Many strangely named aper­i­tifs were ad­ver­tised but few peo­ple could af­ford them ...’


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