Saturday, August 02, 2008

Restaurant "Le Saut du Loup"


Gee! Like some of you mentioned it, it has been 3 days in a row that I posted a photo expressing movement, I think it's time for a still one! I passed by this restaurant - Le saut du Loup - at night the other day and here is what I saw first at the entrance (of course my photo is a little darker than what it looked like in reality!). Le Saut du Loup is a very pleasant restaurant/bar especially in the summertime because you can have lunch or dinner outside, in the Louvre gardens - that is on the other side of the rue de Rivoli, where I took this photo (which reminded me of an old one I took in 2006.

32 comments:

  1. Une lune, pleine, au milieu d'un ciel immensemment noir. J'adore.
    Une photo statique et pourtant très puissante.

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  2. Even the moon speaks French! I am such a peasant.

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  3. Nice link to the "Tokyo Eat" picture btw.

    This picture is SO peaceful, it's amazing. No lights around this restaurant? It seems you took it by a hole or a telescope!

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  5. It shines as bright as the full moon. The full moon. Mwahaha HawooooOO.

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  6. Eric, another must do the next time I'm in Paris. The restaurant's web site is elegant and I don't think that one would expect such modern decor in a restaurant located in the Louvre.

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  7. Eric at first I though you'd gone back to Dans le Noir! (I was there a few years ago and even though you weren't supposed to have ANY light, the person next to me checked their watch and I saw a brief little glow of white like this in the dark).

    Guille congrats on GF! But you ARE on vacation so you have plenty of time to hang out on the internet. I agree that this looks like a full moon hanging in an immense dark sky, and I like it a lot too!

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  8. Holy Mackerel! I'm GF! Oh no Katie, holidays are not a valid excuse to disqualify me! ;)

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  9. It is a very good picture brought in today, as yesterday day 01, there was an eclipse of the sun, which saw, among other countries, China in the absence of a week for the Olympic Games.
    That is what I suggested the photo, an eclipse.

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  10. Holy Mackerel Guille -- now you are the queen for a day! Congratulations. And I'll give you another word thats in the same league as holy mackerel: jeepers!
    I use it all the time, even tho its from the fifties! I find it tres, tres charmant. :)

    This photo is like an illusion Eric -- you can't tell if you are looking through a round opening at at a curved surface or if there is for some reason a ball in space suspended by nothing, just floating. Lovely. Will you tell us what it is and unravel the mystery?

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  11. I had to look this up, too, to understand the name. Slowly I'm increasing my vocabulary and I like that I can do it with context here on PDP -- it helps to remember it. So,we have the Wolf's Leap Restaurant. I wonder why this name, too. So many questions; the world's a mystery! : }

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  12. Don't worry Guille, I'm not trying to disqualify you from GF! I'm just jealous that you're on vacation in the South of France. I hope you're having a wonderful time!

    Carrie I'm a bit flummoxed as well by the illusionary quality of this photo. Maybe Eric needs to take the same photo during the day to shed some light on this mystery.

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  13. Coltrane: along the lines of great minds..... Did you also know that I am married to an English Professor?...(before I stick my head out too far, I think you stated you are one).

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  14. I'd leap to dine at Le Saut du Loup. A table in the gardens, s'il vous plait...

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  15. The restaurant looks very sterile. And the tables have such sharp corners and are so close together. If I went there (and I won't) I would get at least a six bruises on my hips and thighs being the klutz that I am. Probably tip over the wine glasses too. Show me a table with sharp corners and it's like a magnet. Plus the lighting is too bright -- "it would suck my brains out threw my eyes" Tom Hanks said that. I do love the terrace. Now that is something I can handle. I love to eat outside. I went to a restaurant at the Louvre once. I sat on the terrace as did many other women artists -- you can tell us a mile away -- by the way we dress -- it's a dead give-away . We were all busy writing and sketching in our journals during lunch. I don't think men knew that we like to hang out there. Maybe they know now.

    Now about the photo -- Bull's Eye comes to mind. Merci Eric for your love and generous nature. Everyone I know has to listen to me go on and on about you and your photos and comments. They all say that you are very good.

    Tomate and Guille, I show your photos to people too. Everyone agrees that you are very talented, and they enjoy me sharing the photos.

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  16. "It must have been moonglow/Way up in the blue..."
    Eric, that's the best I can do after a long farewell dinner engagement with my students from the East. I thought of CCRs "Bad[as in good now I'm told]Moon Arisin" but "Moonglow" has more of the Parisian romance [gee Stephen d'ya think?]

    PHX-CDG...[or is it PHD-CDG?]Alas, I'm a high school writing instructor mostly...and a university English lecturer two nights out of the week. I'm about 1-2 years short of finishing my PHD [that's what they all say]. Maybe one day in another lifetime, I'll complete it. I do however enjoy the company of too many pain in the ass liberal PHDs, which probably explains my foot in mouth disease. :-) C'est ma vie! and I like it so far. Now pass that bad wine I've been hearing about, Guille?

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  17. BTW Guille...the GF crown has gotten heavier since it last graced your head. Perhaps you'll add your own special nuances (no gluing of bottle caps or wine corks though please).

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  18. coltrane -- Guille would never add bottle caps! She's way too sophisticated for that. (She'll probably remove everyone else's accoutrements and go with a simple yet elegant look.)

    lois -- I love going places with friends who are artists. They invariably reach into a capacious satchel and pull out a notebook and pencils or pastels or watercolors or something. It's very entertaining (if envy-making).

    eric -- really cool shot! I agree with Katie—it would be interesting to see a daytime version of the same thing.

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  19. "Saut de loup", or "saut du loup", can be 2 different things in architecture, and in garden architecture.
    1/ First it can be an opening in a wall, close to the floor, allowing natural light to illuminate a basement.
    2/ Or it can be a ditch created at the end of a path, a park or a garden, in order to defend the entry but not the wiew. Or when a park is surrounded (?) with a wall, it is a lower part of the wall, created to allow the view outside.
    In this second definition "Saut du Loup" (wolf jump) is clear, as it is the place where the wolf can jump in the park ;-)

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  20. Have you been peeking through keyholes again, Eric?....sigh....:)

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  21. Oooh Guille! Great shot! How are you? Email me!

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  22. Back to last Thursday's picture (Pont des Arts at night), and the comments about the Institut de France, there is an interesting paper today on lefigaro.fr about the Institut and its difficulties to handle its patrimony!
    For various reasons, the Institut de France owns several very nice places in France, such as Musée Jacquemart-André, in Paris, the Royal Abbey of Chaalis (few miles north of Paris), the Medieval Castle of Langeais (Loire Valley), or even the Castle of Chantilly, and many others... And it is obviously quite expensive to maintain all these...

    Sorry, I don't know how to create these "blue" links in the comment box, so here is the full address of the article:
    http://www.lefigaro.fr/culture/2008/09/30/03004-20080930ARTFIG00003-l-institut-de-francepeine-a-assumer-son-patrimoine-.php

    in French only ;-((

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  23. I like this photo but I am partial since I like things like the moon and I like the simplicity of its design. I do agree with Alexa and Katie as well, a daytime shot would be interesting too,(hint-hint).
    Sorry you have spoiled us.

    Eric, your readers can be as interesting as you! If anyone hasn't clicked on tall gary's link, you have to, it is very quick & funny.

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  24. Good morning everyone -- well at least for me, its evening already in Paris! I just got up, mmm, and I'm sitting with my coffee in the CA sunshine checking on news from around the world.

    Merci, Thib, pour l'explicacion de saut du/de loup. Now I wonder how it can be either du or de!

    I found an image of a waterfall called saut de loup where the water falls from a sort of gully at the top. That shape and the idea of a small opening at the bottom of a wall makes me think of the little spaces that dogs (or a wolf) can squeeze through to get under a fence and (surprise!) pop out the other side. Apparently, the way this all relates to the restaurant is not because of low windows or defenses but because the windows tie together the interior and the exterior of the building; the park and the museum.

    I hope the remainder of everyone's day is splendiferous!!

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  25. Very cool eclipsey kind of shot, Eric! I like it! The menu makes me really hungry for a great bistro in a nearby town here. *sigh* My anniversary is coming, I just have to wait until then!

    Hope you all have a great day!

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  26. Lily hydrangea is so kind.

    Thanks, Thib, for the architectural explanations. I immediately thought of the opening to the cell of Esmeralda's birth mother in Hugo's "Hunchback of Notre Dame." Then reading a scene I noticed that the opening was referred to as a "loophole" in English. In one perspective Eric's photo looks like a Loup hole.

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  27. Perhaps Reine Guille will alter the GF crown so that she looks like a Klimt painting.

    This bar looks so incredibly hip I simply must sip some wine there. Ahh, sipping wine in Paris...

    The next PDP picnic a Le saut du Loup?

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