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Europe resurfaces to find odd mix of familiar and alien

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After losing their jobs during the lockdown, thousands were lining up for hours for a food handout – in one of the world’s richest cities.


29 Jun 2020
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Europe resurfaces to find odd mix of familiar and alien

A couple walking across the sparsely occupied Charles Bridge in Prague, May 25, 2020. Picture: Laetitia Vancon / The New York Times

Europe is emerging from a months-long lockdown. But the universe in which Europeans are resurfacing is neither the reality they knew, nor an entirely new one. Cafe chairs are back on the sidewalks, but the baristas are wearing masks. The chefs have returned to the kitchens, but the diners are divided by plexiglass. At the airports, the terminals are still empty, tourists nowhere in sight. Laetitia Vancon, a photojournalist for The New York Times, spent two weeks in late May and early June photographing this peculiar and fleeting moment in European history, working alongside me, a Times reporter. We drove...

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