Saturday, December 06, 2008

Christmas at Tour d'argent


I already posted a photo of famous Paris restaurant La Tour d'Argent in February, but I could not help taking another one today. The place is all decorated for Christmas and they've done a real good job. For those of you who would not know, la Tour d'Argent is one of the most legendary restaurants in Paris (it was founded in 1582!) with the most exclusive view on the city. It also has, probably, the largest wine cellar of all restaurants. Enjoy your Saturday everyone. It's about time to go Christmas shopping!

42 comments:

  1. Oh this photo just makes me MELT! The B&W makes it so stunning, and those lights just sparkle!!

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  2. Sorry you are being overworked, but that's why you make the big bucks, right? I've seen this restaurant on the travel channel. Didn't you get to tour their wine cellar once?

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  3. Oooh how splendid! She's all dressed up with her best earrings.

    Beautiful composition, Eric. Now don't worry about gift wrapping that ET!ET!!ET!!! for me - I'll take her just as she is.

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  4. Oh! Katie GF. I can just picture your crown, just like the sparkling crown above the door. Lovely, Eric!

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  5. And Katie like Suzy said, those sparkling balls for earrings would look great with the sparkling crown.

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  6. Well done Katie!

    Eric this is pure elegance. Sixteenth century elegance, no less. I'd love to go there. So what view of Paris does it have exactly?

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  7. Yes ladies my crown will look just like this (all those little sparkles will be diamonds by the way), with the earrings, and a special brooch to go with it all! And of course a little black dress to complete the ensemble -- perfect for dinner at la Tour.

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  8. Sounds fab, Katie. What's the news on the stolen diamonds, Eric, do you know?

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  9. Katie, I think you might need to make friends with those diamond thieves!

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  10. Lynn, it's posed along the left bank, just a bit east of Notre Dame on the Quai de la Tournelle at the Pont of the same name. (Eric has posted a photo of the gorgeous statue that marks the Pont de la Tournelle, but I don't know how to search for it on the site.)

    I'm fortunate to have had the pleasure of lunching there with the magnificent view of the Seine and the cathedral. We were with a wine merchant who got us a guided tour of the cave, which I enjoyed even more than the meal if you can believe it! The history of the place is mesmerizing.

    The tiara and earrings do her justice.

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  11. Classy B&W, Eric. You were fortunate to tour the wine cellar? Any photos? Since I do love "duck," I guess I know what my order would be...plus, I'd get a number to go along with the bird. lol I believe that number must be in the millions by now though. ;-) Speaking of wine..hmm,sounds like a good plan. Best of weekends y'all!

    BTW...Jeff (re: yesterday's post)...I love Eliot's "Prufrock" poem...nice little segway; enjoyed that connect.

    Congrats GF Katie!

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  12. Katie -- good day to get the crown, GF (I say go for real diamonds for sure).
    Such a lovely image, Eric—thanks!
    Lynn -- haven't been lucky enough to eat there, but I believe it has a first-class view of Notre Dame.
    Shall we go, and order the duck they're famous for?

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  13. Coltrane, we'd only arrived the day before and were still befuddled with jet-lag. My excuse for not taking pictures.

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  14. Oooh yes let's, Alexa!
    Thanks Petrea sounds really magical. This must be the reason I always need diamonds.

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  15. Next time, let's have a picture of the inside ;)

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  16. Love the b & w, Eric. Such pretty luminescence! They have done realLY good job!

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  17. Great b&w photo! I think my dad took me to this restaurant when we visited Paris together. :)

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  18. Petrea: do you mean this one: 29 juin 2008?

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  19. Lynn I just looked up the Paris stolen diamonds story (I hadn't heard it), and I swear I have nothing to do with the recent heist at Harry Winston in Paris! I would never wear a wig, and I don't know the names of any employees of Harry Winston. I think I'll change the crown to cubic zirconium, just to be safe.

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  20. Yes, Anonyme, I think that's the one.

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  21. Where is this restaurant? I would love to visit it on my next trip?

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  22. That's stunning in b&w! Has a timeless quality to it...

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  23. I have also photographed this restaurant, most likely because of it's superb location. I have never eaten there, though I am sure it must be a divine experience. I have eaten however, at Taillevent[which rates with La Tour d'Argent]and their less formal restaurant L'Angle du Faubourg which I absolutely adore. Perhaps one day when my ship comes in I'll sail into this famous landmark which you have photographed so beautifully! Merci!

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  24. GF Katie - excellent!

    The photo is tres elegant, Eric.

    Aathira - the link tells you about the restaurant and that takes you to its homepage.

    Apropos of restaurants and because I used to live in Philadelphia, I understand that, for any of you who crave a fine East Coast French dining experience, there's an excellent Phila. restaurant called Le Bec Fin (its too rich for my blood, so I can only go by recommendation) and you can find it online. The website and reviews of it only make me dream of dinner there.

    Can you believe it?!! I never hear French here in LA but today at the store 4 people in front of me were speaking French! Its only keeping me in denial (I don't go back to work till Monday) but that's ok!

    Coltrane - check this out: There was a Christmas Open House in the little village where I live and they let people walk around on the street and drink wine and champagne, etc., (how civilized!)and I spent half an hour playing congas with a group that was set up for people to join in with! It was great!!

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  25. >> there's an excellent Phila. restaurant called Le Bec Fin (its too rich for my blood, so I can only go by recommendation)>>

    I favor the Pri Fixe lunch $55 and heartily recommend the restaurant for dinner also!

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  26. I will probably never be able to afford even lunch at La Tour d'Argent (besides, I'd have to fork about $500.00+ on a new outfit to go there!), but it's quite a cool place, that's for sure!

    For me, Christmas shopping will be:
    - Between Dec. 16 and 20 with my daughter, some in Providence, RI, and some in Boston, where we'll go for the day.
    - On December 21, in Indianapolis, where my boyfriend and I will go on a consuming marathon. We have already picked out the place where we will reward ourselves with a great dinner at the end of that very taxing day!

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  27. Wow! That's gorgeous. I love the way you captured the lights.

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  28. Just in case you don't already know, La Tour d'Argent is completely beyond the means of ordinary people. Just across the street, however, is the Rotisserie de Beaujolais. Same management, smaller, different cuisine, less divine view, but affordable and you might even sit next to real French people instead of Japanese businessmen.

    19 Quai de la Tournelle
    01.43.54.17.47

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  29. The best thing about the holiday season is the lights. Out walking last night downtown, the lights are very pretty. It was cold, though (-12 C), and very windy. Today is the same. Ooh, l'hiver est arrive. (I can hear you West Coast people laughing. Be nice.)

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  30. Just ought to say that I clicked on Starman and it affected my computer. Firefox opened multi windows and the whole thing switched off. Apologies to Starman if it was a one-off at my end, better to say than not, I felt.

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  31. We'll get a high of 67 degrees Fahrenheit here in the South Bay, Jeff. Sorry! You could always come visit!

    expat, thanks for the tip!

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  32. Hii, I just want to say Merry Christmas 2008. :))

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  33. Thanks for the warning, Lynn. I've had these kind of spammers - they make a negative comment so folks will click on them. Perhaps Eric will see your note and delete Starman to protect folks.

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  34. Eric said, "they've done a real good job."

    I am just amazed at how good your American English is...lol! I cannot imagine learning a foreign language and all the complexities of each! Bravo!

    Great photos as well!

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  35. Carrie..."congas!!!" It's amazing what a little wine can do for the percussionist inside each one of us! lol Good for you...I bet you sounded even greater as the night progressed. :-)

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  36. Such a beautiful photo! I'm sure that lunching (or dining) here would be a lovely experience, and I'm sure it would be memorable as well. As for me, I want to have dinner on the Eiffel Tower!! (My hubby promised we could for our 25th anniversary!) Might not be as good, but the experience!!! Eiffel Tower!

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