As the name quite clearly states, L’ombre de Notre Dame Restaurant is in the shadow of the great Parisian Cathedral from which it takes it’s name. I’ll be honest, I was quite grumpy when I took this photo since I had just been told that I could not take photos inside the church with my tripod. It was my first night in Paris and I had such high hopes of getting the perfect series of interior photos, however in the end that was just not to be. After the Eiffel Tower the next landmark that people think of when they think of Paris is Notre Dame Cathedral so needless to say it was high on my list of places to shoot. Sometimes fate has a way of getting you in the right place at the right time, and this was just such an occasion. Earlier, as I was on my way to the church, I had walked right passed the restaurant not even giving it a second glance. Luckily for me I decided to retrace my steps on the way out, and I remember stopping dead in my tracks as I was struck at just how typically French this facade was. It’s almost as if the scene had been constructed for a movie, so perfectly lit up, clean, and everything in the proper place.
I ended up eating quite a few of those delicious crepes in Paris, perfect food for a busy photographer on the move. An added bonus is that you can take a crepe to go and not have to deal with those rude Parisian waiters. Seriously, is it part of the job description for restaurant staff in Paris to act snotty with customers? No city can be perfect I guess, and perhaps if I had to deal with tourists all day I would be a bit rude myself. Okay, okay, I’d be seriously rude and probably end up getting fired for eating all the delicious food and drinking all the restaurant’s wine while ignoring my customers ;)
Since I was still grumpy when I took this photo, it was only after I returned home that I really saw how detailed and how much of a caricature of Parisian life it was. Now it is one of my favourites from the trip to France. When I get back to Paris I think I’ll make a point of eating there, when a cafe looks this beautiful the waiter can’t possibly be rude… right?
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