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Space and Materiality: French culture

A French tradition, the galette de rois, which translates to The cake of Kings is a cake that is eaten during holidays. Baked inside the cake a small token that resembles a crown or king or whatever the baker chooses. The person who finds the token in their slice is meant to be given good luck.

In France, Cafes are very common. While all countries have cafes, the atmosphere here is very different. Often during warm months the French people will go to cafes and sit outside and smoke a cigarette while drinking an espresso, with friends, they will sit there and people watch for hours and hours. It is a very different etiquette there people do not use their phones while they are with other people, even alone people at cafes are reading or simply enjoying their meals.


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