Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Graineterie - Epicerie


We found this little shop in December with its herbs and small pot plants displayed out front. I did not find a translation for "graineterie" and I cannot get to my Larousse (from my Baltimore hotel room!)

Thank you for any help you can provide in this translation.

UPDATE: Thanks to Vreni, Malyss and others, we can definitively say that "graineterie" in this instance is a store in which seeds are sold. Thanks to Starman, I found my beloved Larousse on-line for free. It is interesting that Malyss' dictionary from the late 1800s and the internet dictionary produced the translation, a centuries-old translation! Merci a (no accent marks on laptop) vous. As we say in the South... "Thank you to all y'all!"



Bon mardi!


35 comments:

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

Did you go in? It's gorgeous! I would have bought all my cooking herbs from here.

Suzi said...

oh - my google helper is stumped too but it does look lovely x

Viennese Girl Vreni said...

La graine = seed, so I would say you can buy seeds there... (A seeds shop?)

Viennese Girl Vreni said...

By the way, I love this shop and would like to buy some pot-herbs there.

jb said...

Vreni beat me to it - I'd guess that they've just enriched the language with the new word "seedery"

RICHARD MOISAN said...

Je ne peux, malheureusement pas te venir en aide pour la traduction. Peut-être est-ce: "seed shop"?...
Mais la photo est très belle et nous donne envie d'essayer de faire pousser quelques plantes sur notre balcon. Thym, ciboulette, estragon, basilic. L'idéal pour une bonne salade.
Bonne journée, Genie!

Malyss said...

I have two dictionnaries, one is modern, and one is from 1877!I use the second one for old fashion words, and there I found a translation for "grainetier" or "grenetier", : seed trade.
Every one in comments above was right: that's always a seeds shop!A very few remain today, so your picture is very precious!

Carol Schiff Studio said...

I love the way the door is open just a touch, inviting passers-bye into the shop.

Looking for Siddhartha said...

"seed shop" is right. I have a modern dictionary! :-)

Renée

Her highness, Samantha Vérant said...

Hmmmm. I probably should have found this shop before I started my garden. We'll see what grows? Or what doesn't?

biebkriebels said...

You already have the answer above, it is seeds trade indeed. Lovely picture.

My Carolina Kitchen said...

What a great shot. I love the little twinkling lights in the window and the door inviting you in.
Sam

Weekend Abstrait said...

'Seed trade' est la traduction de graineterie, et Richard n'était vraiment pas loin!
As-tu pris cette photo rue Montorgueil?

Cezar and Léia said...

It's a place that I would love to visit. I like a lot the smell of the herbs!
Léia

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Wonderful! Malyss was first with a translation from a very old dictionary and it has been confirmed by several!

Also, thank you to my new readers - I will catch up with you later!

I should have said the location but this is on Rue d'Aligre...

Bises,
Genie

Virginia said...

Seed shop works pour moi! :) I"m surprised these tender cups of herbs didn't freeze considering the weather you had at Christmas there. Cute place!!!
V

Aesthetic Alterations said...

How fabulous! I love this idea--little plants you can buy for your balcony. Fresh herbs for all seasons! The Parisians have the best life. xo

Laurent said...

Nothing to add Genie they all got it right with "seed shop". Love the pict !

Starman said...

The main def is ""seeds, but it is also used to indicate herbs and spices. BTW, you don't need a dictionary as long as you have Google.

TheChieftess said...

A lovely little shop!!! I'm sure I would be there buying fresh herbs if it was here in our little town...but then, all the herbs would have been inside keeping warm!!!

Cynthia said...

That's quite an unusual word!

Loree said...

How interesting. I had never heard that word.

Rob and Mandy said...

The kind of shops which probably been around for centuries, literally.

henk knibbeler said...

Lovely pics from you and Paris. The small shops, the people in windows or whatever, your eyes are everywhere in this city, love to see this..

Henk

rosaria said...

Lovely, inviting. Even without translation, whatever we see is what they sell.

Jack said...

Aw, that is what I was going to say. They got here first. I was being slothful earlier in the evening, not at my computer.

BillDixon said...

graineterie - seed merchant

I love this picture. I was in a graineterie (feed and seed store) today and bought over $100 worth of seeds and tomato plants. I love going there in the spring and going back and plant it all and waiting for the great harvest.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

To all -- I head home tomorrow from Baltimore and will stay put until I go to Paris in a few short weeks.

Bill, I wonder if I could take some seeds and "plant" a little something in Paris? Would it grow and make flowers in my absence and would anyone know that the American from Alabama loves Paris and wanted to leave a little gift? Just thinking....

I love the comments and they just spur me on to snap more and more looking for little details and wonderful stories to show you all. Soon.....

Bisous,
Genie

Bibi said...

Seed shop, I guess...but when I was in Paris it was fashionable to add 'eterie to just about any word...

Finally found some free time to write a bit.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Bibi -- Merci, and thinking of you and your mama... bisous

Halcyon said...

So cute!

martinealison said...

J'aime errer dans ces boutiques, on y trouve un tas de trucs...
et surtout de bons conseils ...
Bisous

Randy said...

Looks like a wonderful place to shop. I know I would have walked out with a few things.

JM said...

... And speaking of scents I can easily imagine what one feels going inside.

cieldequimper said...

The most marvellous here is the combo of graines and épicerie..