Espace Non Fumeur

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To the dismay of many French doctors and school teachers, smoking is now forbidden in medical centers and schools.

We’ve already reported on this turn of events, of course, but we’d like to reflect for a minute on how things will feel in January, 2008, when the all-encompassing ban on smoking in public places goes into effect. In a city where memories of the good old days of smoking in elevators and puffing away in the delivery room are still fresh, Parisians will have to adjust to espresso sans smoke.

By this time next year Parisians and tourists alike will be faced with cafés that are just not what they used to be. Gone will be that slight eyeball burn and the uncertainty of whether the chef has added a dash of pepper or cigarette ash to les croques-monsieur.

Parisian public smoking, you’ve been stinky, rude, omnipresent, and oddly charming. You will be sincerely missed.

About the author

Enchanted by maps at a young age, Michael's first voyages were of the unglamourous variety (think Florida, Subarus, and talking mice). It was in an Australian hostel, while sleeping on a bare mattress, that he discovered the value of quality budget travel. Following a six month sejour on Australia's Sunshine Coast, Michael finished his studies at Hunter College in New York and moved to Paris. In Paris, Mike edits and writes for The Paris Times and checks out cheap sleeps for EuroCheapo. When not walking the streets of Paris pretending to be Ernest Hemingway, Michael enjoys penning short stories and playing the didjeridoo.

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