Nearly every block in Paris has its own little flower shop. Buckets of flowers, pots of plants and racks of sophisticated, silky little bouquets spill out onto the sidewalks. Flower shops are nearly as plentiful as boulangeries in the City of Light, their offerings as eagerly sought and appreciated as croissants and pain au chocolats. The flowers are as fresh as the pastries and nearly as fragrant, yet each shop is quite different from the one on the next block.
Some are flower markets, offering buckets of cut roses, hydrangeas, and lilies, as well as berried branches, sunflowers and pots of herbs for customers to pick and choose from. Others offer nosegays in bright colors, or small, elegant bouquets; all the arrangements are sized for apartments and affordable. I especially liked the simple, modern flowershops with tins displaying bouquets tied with ribbons; some shops were more elaborate and elegant. It's said that Paris is a city of neighborhoods, which for the flower lover could be defined by the number, quality and character of the flower shops - here are a few from Le Marais to Rue Cler.....don't you wish we had more little flower shops spilling out onto Seattle sidewalks??
The flower market on Île de la Cité, an island in the middle of the Seine River.