Friday, May 20, 2011

European Pleasures

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One of Europe's great pleasures and something I miss is the proliferation of cafes, patisseries and boulangeries. They are so abundant that one can easily stop in for a coffee and a sweet or for that matter a glass of wine and a piece of bread any time of day. In Europe, which I am sure many of you know, things are condensed into villages, towns and cities with surrounding open fields and countryside. America, by contrast, is so spread out and dotted by strip malls. If it wasn't for Dunkin Donuts one would be hard pressed to find a place for a quick coffee. In the big cities of America you certainly can find cafes, but once outside in the burbs or the countryside forget it. I guess we have diners and coffee shops, part of our American classic heritage.

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