Pomme de Pain café, Gare St Roch - 230pm
Trip Start Sep 24, 2010
19Trip End Oct 06, 2010
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There's a crumbling stone wall between the seats and the road/tramway junction down below. There’s a pigeon parading up and down, touting for donations. Across the road are the old grand tall apartment buildings with balconies – some with stone balustrades, others with ornate swirly ironwork. The building on the corner is labelled "Grand Hôtel Prince" although there’s no evidence of a hotel being there today. Just the “Brasserie de la Gare” on the street level.
I can hear knocking and tapping, against a cement mixer churning. The men below are installing tramlines.
The pigeon’s coming past now, bobbing its head back and forth
The sun is breaking through a cloudy sky and although the sun is not at full brightness, the air is only comfortable when a breeze picks up.
Trams’ bells go ding as pedestrians are warned of their approach.
People around me here, are reading, looking at mobiles, eating or sitting doing nothing. Wheeled suitcases trundle back and forth over the decking as people come and go.
Watching the building works below – the metal tracks are in place and now the workmen are laying arcs of paving stones rainbow-fashion, across the area. With tramlines intersecting there are a lot of little areas to fill with the stones. It looks very fiddly. It could be worse – they could be doing a mosaic.