- Revolutionary Tradition and Les Mis
of the Bastille
- -- Fall of Robespierre
in Les Miserables
Names and Games
Restaurants and cafes
- In the old Paris restaurants were only
owned and operated by privileged people. However, this tradition
was changed when a cook opened up a restaurant and inside had
a beverage room where above the door he had placed a sign triumphantly
reading: "Venite ad me omnes qui stomacho laboratis, et
ego restaurabo vos"(guide book). The cook would be a precursor
to the times to come for Paris because after the revolution of
1789 restaurants began popping up all across the landscape. During
the 1850's groups of foreigners were flocking to Paris from all
over France and Europe, and with them came new habits and customs.
It was during this time when cafes and restaurants became popularized,
and eventually became one of the defining characteristics.
- In 1850 most of the popular restaurants
were located in the Palais Nationale, however others could be
spotted all over Paris at the time. Some of the restaurants were
a la carte, and others were a fixed amount per person dinning.
Delightful dinners that were plentiful and included wine were
about 2 francs a day. In the Palais Nationale and most other
parts of Paris a person could find a dinner consisting of soup,
two main dishes, bread, dessert and wine for 30 to 22 sous per
person. One must be warned however "
good wine at
Paris restaurants was often the exception instead of the rule!"
- Popular restaurants of the times included:
Les Trios Freres Provencoux, Very, and Vefour all located in
the Palais Nationale. Directly following a feast it was customary
to head across the street to a nearby café.
No, cafes and restaurants are not synonymous
- 1850's café
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