Where’s That Restaurant?

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Yellow Lounges, Juan-les-Pins, France

Yellow Lounges, Juan-les-Pins, France

None of that was here last night!

Juan-les-Pins means  the  yellow pines. It is appropriate that these lounges and umbrellas are a rich yellow color.

This is one of my wife’s favorite photographs. It is also one of the first photographs that I sold.

Juan-les-Pins is a small town on the Mediterranean along the Côte d’Azur. We had arrived late in the evening the night before. We were staying in a nice little hotel a couple blocks from the beach. So after we unpacked we decided to walk down to the beach and look for a restaurant.

It was a pleasant warm evening and we found a restaurant ON the beach. The linen-covered tables were arranged on the sand down to the edge of the waves. It was a beautiful setting and a little fancy for us. We had a great meal with the sound of the waves in the background.

The next morning we went for a walk  in the bright sun, again looking for a restaurant. And since we had had such a great meal at the place the night before we went to see what kind of breakfast they served.

The restaurant was completely gone! Someone had manicured the sand with a tractor and then a hotel employee had carefully set up all of these lounges and umbrellas. In a large print of this photo you can see him on the right finishing the work. He carefully raked out his footprints so the sand was perfect for the first guests who wanted to rent a lounge.

We discovered later that our hotel had a breakfast that couldn’t be beaten. But we were shocked at the overnight transformation of this section of beach. Photo: 1/2000 s at f/6

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