Friday, June 05, 2009

Les Patterns Répéter

I had planned to post on something else altogether. But as I was searching for pictures these motifs répètés kept popping up. Have you ever walked past a Parisien patisserie where the window was not full of delicious repeated pastry patterns? Fr marché are full of innovative repeated arrangements of vegetables, fruits and whatever. Velib lined up on many streets one after the other. Is the origin patterns répéter Baron Haussmann?
Every Parisien café supplies plenty of visual patterns. Ardoise listing the day's specials. Your petit dejeuner OJ...Ice cream cups, cones, flavors = patterns of Paris. Visual motifs répètés in a candy shop.
Knowing every street corner has a street sign announcing the arrondissement.
Illustrator Margaux MotinMargaux Motin draws repeatedly Fr girls wearing iconic scarves.
Repeating a brand in every form imaginable - nobody does it better than the Fr -think Vuitton, Dior, YSL
 A Parisien artist outside Notre Dame creating sillouettes portraits from black paper, his sissors are ready to do yours.
Pylones grater on Amazon A pattern the Parisiens can't get enough of - they shred their fromage on Pylones' Tour Eiffel.
All pictures were taken on 3/21/09
Do you have fav repeated Parisien patterns?


  1. Ahhh...Pommery. I love that Champagne. I also want one of those Eiffel Tower graters. How Fab!

  2. Karinka9:38 AM

    Bonjour Carol--just a quick note to let you know how much I love getting your pictures in my inbox. It always brightens my day. Any idea of a source for those fabulous eiffel tower graters you sent out today? Merci, Karinka

  3. Karinka : The Eiffel tower grater is from

  4. Micha from Paris9:39 AM

    hello Carol,
    always on the touch !
    I love the tour eiffel for cheese !
    poor Italians

  5. Steph in chilly chicago9:42 AM

    when I got to the bottom of your pattern series today and saw the Eiffel Tower graters, WELLLLLLL..... I just couldn't contain my excitement and desire!

    Oh how I want at least one! Reason enough to return to Paris.

    Thank goodness you take a snapshot of almost everything you see.

  6. And I've said it before--you're the queen of spotting these kinds of things. Fabulous, Carol--love 'em all!

  7. a few of those graters on a wall would make for an interesting piece of wall art. how is your decorating theme coming along by the way?
    have a wonderful weekend.

  8. Hi,
    What? No patterns of macaroons?

    I love the flower stands and the beautiful patterns of color they make all over the city.

  9. Lovely posting. You're so right about the repetitions.

  10. Melanie11:33 AM

    Love your eye...
    All seen in just one day too!

  11. Very nice job! Great photos.

  12. Once again wonderful inspiration for really looking at the world. I think I am probably going to see patterns everywhere today.

  13. Repetition and more repetition, because lots of the same thing is always the best. xv

  14. Neat post Carol!
    I wish I would have run into the silhouette guy when I was there. I love those!
    Please stop by Taste With The Eyes today, you are mentioned.

  15. Love the patterns...brilliant post!
    How about patterns of pets? Did you see any?

  16. Linda2:09 PM

    Repeated patterns of "identically dressed" guys and gals (waiting to get a sandwich at lunch) lined up for 20 minutes just to get inside to order. They are all so beautiful but similar...definitely "patterns répéter

  17. Paige2:10 PM

    I just returned from 10 days in Paris. My first trip bought a trench and wore stripes per your suggestion)



  18. My favorite Parisien pattern is Paris Breakfast - always a breakfast, er, feast for the eyes! :-)

    I am a little perplexed about the Eiffel tower graters: how in the world can you hold them? The opening for your fingers is so low (just above the arc at the bottom).
    May just be that it is me who got too much Parmesan in the brain. ;-)

  19. Carol,
    I love your posts. They are all super. Since you asked to have your French corrected, how about

    motifs répètés...

    Meilleures Salutations!

  20. Just found your blog! What a wonderful surprise! Yes, I also succumbed to the Eiffel Tower grater! I like your view of the world.

  21. How inspiring - not to mention yummy - to look at my city through your eyes.

  22. I'm always taking photos of lines of things too-pastries, velos, tables, chairs. They do them so well in Paris.

  23. Ah, la Tour Eiffel un des motifs de Paris les plus répétés! Love Paris when you write about it; it sounds different on your blog!

  24. How could you forget the macarons on this series of repetition? They are all over the place, even more since you brought them into fashion! :-)

  25. Marie-Paule4:17 AM

    The "Viaduc des Arts", avenue Daumesnil, near Gare de Lyon.

  26. I should have gone with you! LOL! I had a great time despite my friend.. Loved Angelina's a few times! lol Also Printemps Cafe has great food. I am drooling reading your blog thanks for bringing me back feels so sureal that I was there..Hugs Grace

  27. There is also a Pylones in New York City! That is where I first saw that cute grater! :)

  28. Dear Carol,

    Imagine my surprise when I saw BLAME IT ON PARIS on your website! I was the literary agent for Laura Florand and sold that book to Tor. Thanks for putting it up there!



    1. Small world Kimberly,
      That seems like ages ago..
      Loved the book.
      Cheers Carolg


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