The firemen (?) and policemen are having no success in getting her to move from the Orient Express’s outside table

The firemen (?) and policemen are having no success in getting her to move from the Orient Express’s outside table. They are trying to reason with her but she is in another world. The Jupiler is at least ice cold, as it always is here. I must admit I was HOPING to find soldiers outside my hotel; and a large police & army presence around Gare du Midi. 720pm already. Still bright evening—the grey cloud passed. Better make a move if I want to get up to Cine Paris and 5th Avenue before they close. Maybe one more only. What I expect? 5th to be absolutely dire. No quality whatsoever. Le Coin is closer but I understand they close early, perhaps already. I think the old lady is loving the attention of all these policemen & firemen, and has no intention of moving. The blazing sun is slowly setting. Would rather wait for a bit of darkness before leaving. I’m sure I was a vampire in another life. SUCH a long walk up to Cine Paris and 5th Avenue, and such a long walk back. But I have to do something on my first night in Brussels surely. I need to be drunk enough that I don’t mind the long walk. Empire open around 9 I suppose—just 90 minutes away now.
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