Friday, August 29, 2008

Patrick Allain Fleuriste

#177B Patrick Allain Fleuriste, original watercolor
Walk down a beautiful little street - 51 rue St Louis en l'Île.
You pass a pretty little flower shop and stop and take a few pictures.
And then keep walking. And you don't give another thought to the dear little hole-in-the-wall flower shop.
until you get home and months later look it up.
Patrick Allain Fleuriste has been around for 25 years. It's facade has the distinction of being the most photographed, drawn, and painted of any in the entire city! And it's known for it's medieval stained glass window and the 17th-century architectural details etc.I didn't even look up or get a proper shot of the façade. Oh well that's Paris for you. Lots of wonderful secret places you can walk right by without a clue. I will go back and I will look up this time.If you want to go look up, here's the plan they provide. The flowers are nothing to sniff about either by the way :)BONNE JOURNEE


  1. I think it is called "an embarrassment of riches"...that would be Paris.
    To his neighbors, he/it, is just their neighborhood florist. To you, a lovely walk down the street.
    And that, is plenty enough..but DO go back...we can almost smell those flowers all the way from here.

    Beautiful, merci. ;-)

    ( Love the fleurs/lettres series. )

  2. Flower stores in Paris reduce me to one syllable exclamations. Really, no one does pastry or flowers like the French---or chocolate, or wine, or cheese. Le sigh!!

  3. Anonymous2:42 PM

    looks wonderful, Carol--I look forward to you visiting and telling us more next time, as I know you will! Great watercolor!! We're on the road this weekend, so just now seeing it all! Have a good one,

  4. Anonymous6:44 PM

    Must have walked right by it. We walked up Rue Saint-Louis. I have a scarf to prove it!
    Don't you just love how a trip continues when you get back with memories, and books, and photos and discussing with friends? (And, for you painting!) (Wish I was going back again this year!)

    Bonne Journee

  5. Anonymous6:56 PM

    Things do surface that at first went unnoticed completely and were long forgotten...nice isn't it?

  6. Anonymous6:57 PM

    amo ranunculos e não tenho visto mais aqui no Brasil!

  7. Anonymous6:58 PM

    J'adore Patrick Allain Fleuriste...! ! !
    I have gotten the some of
    the most beautiful flowers here at the St-Louis en L’Île location...
    but many also from the rue St-Antoine atelier...

  8. Anonymous7:02 PM

    What a heavenly little hole-in-the-wall...
    That's Paris for you!

  9. Anonymous4:28 AM

    Love the new painting. Glad to see the apple. More fruits please!!!

    I've been down that street, on my bicycle, many times. Never noticed the flower shop, probably because I am too busy avoiding all the tourists who just love walking in the middle of the street. Oblivious to all traffic!

  10. I agree with Rick, the apple is my favourite in this watercolour! Especially that green...

  11. Anonymous11:05 AM

    What a lovely watercolor!!!

  12. I love those florists posts! I miss the neighborhood shops!!

  13. Anonymous6:44 AM

    I was looking through my design blogs and someone linked to hermes -
    if you click on the white paper bag you can download a template to illustrate your own kelly bag!

    I immediately thought of you!

  14. Anonymous2:27 AM

    Your pictures are proof that even with your senses on overload, your instincts are sound. Return! Photograph! Paint!

  15. Anonymous11:29 AM

    How funny. I'm a big fan of your Paris Breakfast paintings.
    Now, I did a little google to find the info on a Florist called Patrick..that I did a "Polaroid Painting" of...and lo and behold - the first result was your post.
    Thanks :)

  16. Just came across your blog as i'm prepping a Paris post on my blog....and I loved seeing pictures of the very same flower boutique that I was at while in Paris last year. How did you even get so many pictures?? I ask because when I tried taking pictures, all of a sudden I hear a lady yelling "no picture..please no pictures" ofcourse in a French accent. I still managed to snap just one. But the flower shop definitely caught my attention and the street was my favorite in Paris. Lovely blog.

  17. Can't believe I missed it...was in Paris two years ago. My father's name was Patrick Allain!


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