It’s hot in Romans sur Isère, a small town in south-east France, surrounded by fields of vegetables and fruit. Nevertheless, people are sitting in the roadside cafés in the late afternoon, enjoying their espresso or already drinking the first aperitif. The Le Royal bar-brasserie has a way of refreshing its guests that is also seen in many other southern countries. A system of water hoses extends over the whole terrace, with fine nozzles from which a fine water mist sprays at minute intervals. The only snag is that the guests gain very little benefit from it today, because the wind immediately blows the water onto the street and the cooling effect is lost. The intention was certainly laudable, even if not exactly ecologically correct.
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