Saturday, January 24, 2015

Note de cendrier

Ashtray note

It is difficult to believe that the French have limited smoking to outdoors.  
When I think of the French film there was always a sultry type with a cigarette.  
The restaurants do not allow smoking except on their terraces 
which makes it difficult to enjoy the open-air cafes.  

I was amused by this little note written on the paneled courtyard wall, 
imploring so politely that the smoker use the ashtray provided 
and not throw the butts on the ground.

joyeux anniversaire, Nanette

Courtyard, Rue de Seine
75006, Paris


Jane and Lance Hattatt said...

Hello Genie,

Much as we too applaud the smoking ban in restaurants as with all other indoor venues, it does make life difficult outside on cafe or restaurant terraces, especially in the summer months. This is certainly the case here in Budapest where we understand the Hungarians to be the second heaviest ( Russians are the first) smokers in Europe.

We do hope that the smokers take heed of the notice.....

Revrunner said...

Who could ignore such an elegantly written note? :-)

Aimeecakes said...

Smoking isn't allowed hardly anywhere here anymore - its great! (I'm one of those annoying 'will give you a health lecture if I catch you smoking' people)

William Kendall said...

It's certainly become a less welcoming world for smokers. At least this is polite!

Randy said...

Better than graffiti.

Alain said...

Une jolie écriture sans fautes d'orthographe, ce qui n'est pas si fréquent.

Alexa said...

Do you suppose there will come a day in the future when no one smokes? Meanwhile, I do wish it were interdit on the terraces too, don't you?

Nathalie H.D. said...

When I see an "old" French movie I can't believe how much the characters smoke in there. It's appalling! I'm glad we're out of it... although there are still far more young people smoking than I think is healthy. Thank heavens none of my 3 children smoke.

Like Alexa I'd like to see smoking banned from terraces, at least enclosed ones which hardly deserve the term "outdoor terraces".