I'm always surprised when nighttime photos like the ones here turn out to be usable — and I'm pleased. I took them Monday night as I walked back to my hotel after dinner.
In Paris I stayed at the Hôtel des Carmes, between the Panthéon and the Place Maubert, just off the Rue des Ecoles. It's the Latin uarter, a neighborhood I worked and spent a lot of time in back in the 1970s and '80s.
The men in the photo above were working at a restaurant on the Boulevard Saint-Germain call Le Bar à Huîtres — the oyster bar. They were preparing platters of seafood for customers in the restaurant or for customers who had ordered to to take home for dinner. That's what the wring on the awning says — sales of seafood to take away.
I was standing basically in front of my hotel when I took this photo up the hill toward the Panthéon. Oh, how many good memories this all bring back... don't get me started.