this was an unexpected view, in that I was distracted by the usual enjoyment of the sun coming into this street (as well as others) in a Stone Henge effect. that is, some kind of alignment with the street to make one feel connected and enjoy it. one thing about old architecture that I can forget in the midst of admiring modern ones, is that there can be long walls of simple relief, and in this case a lamp, which can have a special look during the "magic hour" (or however long) of the alignment. the allure of an interesting chiaroscuro is there, as there is such a high contrast already in place. not sure I will find other, as interesting, locations/walls, but this one will certainly make me alert.
as complement to the entry « Shadows », there is another aspect of most restaurants here — that is, good restaurants but not in the sense of Michelin-rated haut cuisine, where the tables are fairly close together in contrast to what is often seen, or considered, comfortable in most cities. Yogi Berra's quip that "it is so crowded, no one goes there anymore" would suit this kind of place, with barely a gap between tables in the entire restuarant. yet, for me, there is great allure to such arrangements, whereby one can sense the enthusiasm of lunch, not to complete a routine of necessity, or seek refuge from work, but to immerse into the life of others. even the body language is quite different as people will comfortably contort their bodies to better engage with their company. the major, subjective, impression is that sitting so close to other parties doing the same, is that there is a bit of acknowledgment that there are others nearby: it is a clan of strangers having lunch, and not about seemingly providing a (false?) sense of privacy by ignoring the other parties.
in the book In Praise of Shadows, Junichiro Tanizaki principally laments the increased lighting that is brought on by progress in early 20th Century Japan, compounded by the aim by restaurant to please foreigners growing accustomed to brighter restaurants/bars. there is something about the shadows not being revealed, or perhaps just-so revealed, in such a way that makes familiar objects and scenes be appreciated at anew. in many ways, the "city of lights" offers such a view of the street scenes in serendipitous ways by the placement of lamps. still, many locations can offer this counter to even brighter modern, or "hip", restaurants in San Francisco (for instance) where there are no shadows to give an ambiance: everything is to be seen, or at worst, flaunted. photography has followed suit with a bright-no-shadows approach that can be seen in many settings-photography for restaurants and cafes, akin the look promoted by Kinfolk magazine. (a snarky Tumblr shows this take on presentation: The Kinspiracy. )
a feature of cities are to be lots of small parks to rest between errands, instead of a planned trup (like to Central Park). Place des Voges is such a landmark, but unassuming enough to make it a great resting place to then walk some more. peacefulness does come in little spurts, like the moment above. I feel a series of such moments in months to come.