The reason why cafés became so popular wasn’t because of the food or the drinks that they served. No, it was because of the chauffage. Electricity is expensive and when you are a starving artist, you can’t afford it. So the artists found out that it was cheaper to by a coffee, beer, wine…and camp out in a warm café all day to work, meet people and just live.
And voilà, centuries later we are still meeting in cafés. With problems with EDF, I too, found suffrage in cafés with friends or just to charge my phone. Oh là là quelle adventure as my landlady phrased it. But looking back on my week without power, it was fun to go back in time, if you will, and live like the artists I look up to so much.