Sundays are tricky. Especially Sundays in Belgium. Continue below to see why…
It’s hard to find a decent place to have a coffee in this country, let alone on a day that almost all interesting cafés are closed. I guess the coffee culture here exists mainly on weekdays, when people need a caffeine boost in the morning or after lunch to get them through their workday.
Well, it shouldn’t be like that. And Tony, the owner of Poz’ Coffee in Namur, seems to know this very well. His place is open on a Sunday and it serves Valentino Caffé, a high quality Italian brand whose history goes back to the 50’s. But, it’s not only the strong aroma and the creaminess of an authentic espresso that made me write about this place. Poz’ Coffee has true character. The owner, who has decorated the entire place on his own, is the barista, the waiter, the person who will welcome you with a smile and make sure you get the best table. He takes your order and then diligently prepares a two layered tray with chunks of soft chocolate brownie, delicious coconut-almond macaroons and brown sugar cubes, a perfect accompaniment to cappuccino and espresso. He also serves ice cream. There are a few large tables inside the café for those who want more privacy or just want to listen to the sound of an authentic espresso machine.
You will find Poz’ Coffee in the beautiful Place d’ Armes square, next to Namur Palais des Congrès. The square also boasts a peculiar sculpture by Suzanne Godard; the “Joseph and François”, two folk characters created by the local painter and cartoonist, Jean Legrand (1906 – 2002). As you can see in the photograph, they are negotiating over two snails. The snail is the symbol of Namur and it represents its “sleepy” character. This derives from what it is said about the city’s senior citizens who speak French very slowly, hence, their reputation for moving at a snail’s pace. I observed this sculpture for a while and I realised that, to me, it symbolises a past era, when people took their time to live, enjoy life at a slower pace than today and truly communicate.
The square is not so busy during Sundays, so I was able to concentrate and read about Jens’ sharks…
Address: Place D’armes 16
Ambient atmosphere: low
Prices: very good
About the Book:
I resisted the temptation to read “Sharks” by the Norwegian Jens Bjørneboe in only a few days because I wanted to truly enjoy this book. I would go back to read, again and again, his vivid descriptions of the motley crew aboard “Neptune”; their primitive characteristics, their otherworldly strength, their immortal endurance and energy. I would think about the symbolism behind the opposing social classes aboard the ship, the captain and the suppression of the savages, civilized humans versus “brutes of strange colours and races”. In this world, governed by harsh laws, the captain – the privileged one – has the right of life and death; it’s brutal, it’s unforgiving, it’s a thrilling microcosm. I highly recommend this book.
To read more about the author, click here.
Title: Καρχαρίες (Ιστορία ενός ναυαγίου) / Sharks
Author: Γιενς Μπιέρνεμπου / Jens Bjørneboe
Original title: Haiene. Historien om et mannskap og et forlis
Genre: Μυθιστόρημα / Novel
Length: 283 pages (Greek Edition – Εκδόσεις Μέδουσα 1987) / 241 pages (English Edition – 1993)