Paris : Simon Cutts & Erica Van Horn
16 February Monday
It is not the first time I have seen the girls with their plates of biscuits. I have seen them on other days and I have seen them other years. I have not seen them in any other neighbourhood but that does not mean that they are not present elsewhere. The girls are teenagers. They are neatly dressed and there are usually two or three of them together. They walk along the pavements. Each girl carries a plate full of two or three kinds of home-made cupcakes and biscuits. The sweet things are prettily displayed. The girls stop pedestrians and offer their wares in aid of some charity. They are not aggressive. Most people stop and give them some money and take a cookie or a cake. Some people give them money but do not take anything. The headquarters of their activity must be nearby because the plates are not very big. They must need to return for refills every so often.