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"Dining in the dark in Paris"
September 23, 2004

PARIS, FRANCE--The following four paragraphs are excerpts from an Associated Press story published Thursday:

This is dining in the dark, the concept of a new restaurant in the City of Light that wants diners to know what it's like to be blind.

At "Dans le Noir" -- In the Dark -- it's not just that the lights are off and curtains closed. Diners sit in a room of inky blackness that the eyes never adjust to. And that's the idea.

"It awakens your other senses," says the restaurant's owner Edouard de Broglie, who is not blind. "It alters your perspective, your relations with others. It shows what happens when you can't see."

The restaurant comes amid a growing effort to make Paris -- which is bidding for the 2012 Olympic Games -- more handicapped-friendly.

Entire article:
"Dining in the dark in Paris" (Associated Press via CNN)
"Hushed reception for the Café des Signes" (The Guardian -- June 9, 2003)

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