AP PHOTOS: Sunshine, espressos, shopping as Europe opens up

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Despite the openings, many travel restrictions remain. Norway and Denmark aren’t yet letting in neighboring Swedes because they consider Sweden’s coronavirus infection rate too high. The continent was still not open to tourists from the United States, Asia or other international destinations.

Parisians, meanwhile, enjoyed a return to their favorite bistros after French President Emmanuel Macron made the surprise announcement that they could go back into restaurants days earlier than expected.

Macron told French citizens that they should “rediscover the art of living” and their “taste for freedom." Many Parisians found that in outings ranging from a quick morning espresso to a three-course lunch.

Marie-Elisabeth Vilaine called her return to the Café Des Anges in the heart of the city’s Bastille neighborhood “a renaissance, but with caution.”

In England, shoppers formed long lines to snap up items such as sneakers and toys as stores selling nonessential goods opened for customers for the first time since the U.K. went into lockdown in late March.

Shoppers were again enjoying rummaging through store racks and shelves. They mostly appeared to be sticking to social distancing rules but there was some jostling at the NikeTown store on Oxford Street, London’s world-famous shopping mecca.


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