Friday, October 8, 2010

Bois Violette -- Reflection


I am a color girl -- rouge, jaune, orange, vert, rose foncé, turquoise, violet

So, when I saw this façade of violet with vivid flowers, it called to me. The name of this belle boutique de fleurs has a name reminiscent of a famous perfume fragrance: Serge Lutens' Bois de Violette.


We'll visit great perfume houses of Paris another day.



Bois Violette
7, rue Pont aux Choux


(See all the weekend reflections at James' Newtown Area Photo)

48 comments:

Sara Louise said...

I love the pink pots some of them are in. Gorgeous photo :-)

Ninny said...

When I was young and went to Paris, we stopped at a perfume shop for some real "French Perfume." My choice? Coty's Emeraude of all things, a scent found in most US drug stores! Of all the intoxicating French love potions I could have chosen and THAT's what I came home with, LOL. Yes, please do post pics of what I missed, LOL. And the flowers with the bright colors are gorgeous. Nice shot!

"All things French" said...

Violette is just gorgeous and I love the way "les francais" say it ~ oh and rose foncé such a pretty name for such a pretty colour.
Love your pic of la fleuriste. Well this blogging is good practise for my French language classe.
Have a lovely week-end Genie!
~Dianne~

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

I'm a colour girl too Genie! I just love the purple background; it really offsets the beautiful flowers and their vibrant green stems. Thanks for brightening my day

Andy said...

I hope you turned around and got a photo of what I see reflecting in the window pane.

Shell Sherree said...

Oh, my eyes nearly popped out at such loveliness, Genie!!

shari @ little blue deer said...

Oh, I love these, Genie! One thing I really miss about NYC is the flowers they sell at the corner markets, I know they die in a day or two, but still, all of the gorgeous colors just brightened up the city! XX!

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Sara -- I think that the whole scene looked color-coordinated with all of the potted plants displayed outside.

Ninny -- I love to sample the perfumes, particularly those that cannot be bought in the US. We will go there another day. Merci!

Dianne -- French is such a beautiful language that most all of the words sound like music to me. Yes, rose foncé is a favorite color (among a long list)!

Brittany -- From your blog I know that you love color too. As you walk down this street, this fleurise all in violet catches your eye for sure!

Andy -- I hope that I did also. I was framing and snapping just about as quickly as I could.

Shell -- You have an eye and talent for loveliness. I am blushing.

Shari -- Yes, and the flowers are everywhere in Paris, even in winter. Loose cut flowers are quite reasonably priced too.

M said...

It definitely was eye-catching ... I also loved the "Amour" scribed on the window with such flair -- especially when contrasted against the block letters of Bois Violette. If I lived in Paris, I would love my amour to pick up some of those beautiful, colorful plants and bring them home to me ...

Tres bon weekend,
Marie

Virginia said...

I love it too! I'm LOL at Ninny's "French " parfum story!
Bon weekend indeed!
V

Alexa said...

So colorful and inviting. Who wouldn't want their sweetheart to bring them flowers from this place?
I love that Paris is full of flowers at all times of the year—I remember buying cheerful primroses in the dead of winter and bouquets of violets too.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

M -- And I know your "amour" who is very likely to pick some up on his way home today, just not from Paris.

Virginia -- Ninny's story is very funny. There are many tales about les parfumeries in Paris.

Alexa -- I think that I have a photo of primroses in winter being sold in a market. Reminds me that I should post it here some day. Merci!

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

What a beautiful scene.

Malyss said...

Couleurs, senteurs,bonheurs.. tout se mélange en un joyeux fouillis!Une photo qui met de bonne humeur!

James said...

The colors are great and so is the reflection. I like the shutters! It's a very cool shot.

Thanks for the well wishes!

Sylvia K said...

Such delightful, colorful reflections! I love it and I, too, like the shutters! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Sylvia

ParisBreakfasts said...

Lovely little florist shop-one to seek out too..

My Castle in Spain said...

oh...rue du Pont aux Choux..that's a really sweet street!
I love your choice of colours Genie!
Have a great week end too!
xoxo
Lala

ps : merci pour le commentaire sur la cuisine. and, re your question, the boxes below are for potatoes. not very indicated but we have no cellar in the house and we don't eat much potatoes either !

vicki archer said...

What a beautiful flower shop...Parisian florists would have to be my very favourite stores...xv

'Tsuki said...

I like the Buddha head in the display ; it so unrelated to the first purpose of a flower shop... The name quite adorable too. Thanks for sharing this parisian glance...

Kim, USA said...

Without the reflection we don't know what is across the road. Beautiful shot!
Blue sky Reflection

RuneE said...

I can almost smell them! :-)
And the reflected house was very French.

Kcalpesh said...

Gorgeous colors.. very well shot!!

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Coté Provence said...

What a beautiful flower shop ... so charming!

xo

joo said...

It's beautiful!
Have a nice weekend:)

Picturit said...

The reflection makes this a great image.

Rita said...

Genie,
I've yet to make Paris - Italy next spring, so maybe France the next year. I absolutely love street-vendor flower stands and sidewalk displays in front of flower shops. I rarely pass one without making a purchase. Your images are wonderful.

Thanks for leaving a note on my last post. Have a wonderful weekend. Rita

jennyfreckles said...

Lovely scene - and violette sounds so much more romantic than purple. I like the shutters reflected - very French.

BonjourRomance said...

Bonjour Genie,
Great shot, Paris has the most incredible flowers, very hard to resist. Just found your beautiful blog. I'm an Amercian living in Paris, and I enjoy seeing how other Americans feel about the city! I'm a new follower.
a bientôt,
Mimi

Gine said...

Très joli méli-mélo, très joli cliché ! Une photo que l'on aime du premier coup d'oeil !

Dianne said...

beautiful place
I love how the building is framed in that wonderful shade of blue

Vagabonde said...

I looked back and saw you asked about my comment. A “bouchée” is a large piece of chocolate, in a piece of foil. You can buy them at the confiserie or the super marché, they are in milk or dark chocolate and usually with a truffle center and have various flavor, like Grand Marnier or Calvados, etc. see: http://www.noailles.com/prod_Grande-Bouchee-de-Chocolat-au-Cointreau_Chocolats_0001jvrN6_3543.html As for “palets”(corrected spelling) they are artisan chocolate pieces, looking like a small square flat cookie but inside you have usually ganache with rhum or Grand Marnier or other flavor. My favorites are Palets d’Or. See here: http://www.albert-chocolatier.com/index.php/palet-d-or.html These are the kind of sweet one never finds in the US. There is a station de metro, maybe Havre Caumartin, where there is a small chocolate boutique and they used to have good Palets. Next time you are in Paris go to a good confiserie and ask .

Randy said...

Nice plants and I like the Buddha in the window. Nice reflection too.

Gattina said...

I am a color girl too ! I don't like black and white. Brussels is not far from Paris, and of course I have been there several times, lol !

Kate said...

Flowers and Perfume: Divine! I, too,l would like to see what the window reflects.

JM said...

Lovely display and great reflections!

Judy Sheldon-Walker said...

I would have been drawn to this shop too! Lovely photo.

Sar@h said...

J'adore le nom de la rue !
Belle boutique tonique !
Bon week-end.

cieldequimper said...

These little shops, especially in that area, are marvellous aren't they? Lovely shot!

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Yogi -- Merci!

Malyss -- Un joyeux foullis certainement! C'est comme mon jardin de temps en temps.

James and Joo -- Merci à vous! (a rhyme)

Sylvia K -- Merci à toi aussi!

Carolg -- It is easy to spot on the street as the door and all the framing are violet.

Lala -- Love your kitchen and your collected items -- bon weekend to you also!

Vicki -- I have always found them to be friendly. The window displays in some are amazing!

'Tsuki and Kim -- I believe that the "head" is in the shop but the glass and reflection would have you think that it could be outside. Believe me, I would have noticed a floating head behind me in the street!!

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Rita -- I love the focus and messages of your blog. Thank you for coming over to visit and making a comment!

Jenny -- Merci, and I have always thought that "purple" had an ugly sound, and certainly compared to violet (noun) our violette (f.adj)

Mimi -- So glad you found me and I am off to find you!

Gine -- J'adore les mots "méli-mélo"! C'est parfait pour cette photo -- merci.

Dianne -- Thank you, and I loved your shopping cart puddle reflections!

Vagabond -- I would not have known all of this without your response. Now I am armed with info to "demander" (it sounds so much more forceful than the English "ask") for a bouchée! Merci, mon amie!

Irene said...

Cool shot, nice reflection!

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Randy -- I wonder if "the head" is a regular fixture. Hummmm... I will have to check on my next visit.

Gattina -- As much as I love color(s) sometimes a photo just cries to be in black and white.

Kate -- not too far from this location, perhaps even across the street, is the window on the first floor with an old very large thermometer mounted on the wall.

JM and Judy -- Merci for your comments

Sarah -- Thank you for your comment with alliteration!

Cieldequimper -- They are indeed and this one stood out with its vivid colors.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Irene -- Thanks for leaving me a comment. I enjoyed your "vertical" reflection.

Bernie said...

Great pictures, Genie ... this post and many others on your blog. I see why you like Paris so much. Much more photogenic than Mobile, too. :)

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Bernie -- Merci but I will have a photo blog for Mobile when I have more time to spend. Have you seen our white sand beaches?

Enjoy your weekend!

Virginia said...

Bernie,
Paris is more photogenic than anywhere in the USA in IMHO!

Kate said...

I just came over from Shell's painting rendition of this photo...congratulations to both of you!!

To Virginia: You need to spend some time in Santa Fe, NM--decidedly different than Paris, but, oh, so lovely!

Then there's Savannah and Charleston...