Thursday, July 11, 2019

Paris in July 2019: Le Marché aux Fleurs

One of the places I wanted to see in Paris that I had never visited before (why not? I wonder) is the Marché aux Fleurs, the Flower Market. It's located in the heart of Paris on the Île de la Cité, in the vicinity of Notre-Dame. A lot of the market is covered - indeed, it is mainly formed by pavilions from the 1900s. Looking up offered my favorite part of them.

Birds like it up here, too.

There are tons of flowers and plants for sale, fresh cut or in containers, seasonal or more exotic, whatever your heart desires. Even Kaefer was fascinated.

Little decorative items were available as well, perfect for the many tourists to fit in their luggage.

Or maybe a garden gnome is something people really want - there is a big selection to choose from.

Of course there is a huge selection of seeds. I was so tempted to buy a few little packets and try them out in my garden, but I was pretty sure that customs would take them away from me. Sadly, no flowers from Paris in my garden.

The market wouldn't be complete if you couldn't get the one plant and its little scented flowers that I always associate with France - lavender. Just take your pick.

This is my second post for Tamara's Paris in July blog event over on Thyme for Tea.


Miss Val's Creations said...

What a wonderful market to visit. The covering here is gorgeous! So much to look at. Those thatched roof birdhouses are adorable. Something lavender would be the souvenir I would go for.

windrock studio said...

So very lovely, especially the lavender!

Mae Travels said...

Nice photos!

It really is a wonderful place in a lovely area of Paris, near the Sainte Chapelle, Notre Dame, and the river. There are even lots of flowers for sale in the depths of winter. I especially like the numerous special items that allow a few plants to grow on even the most crowded little Paris balcony or window railing.

best... mae at

Arti said...

Yes, lavender and France, always connected in our thoughts. Thanks for these wonderful pictures.

Elephant's Child said...

It looks absolutely wonderful. I am sure it smells delightful too.

Jeanie said...

I love this market! Those mini watering cans are cute! Oh, it is so beautiful and I love the fragrances as I walked through. Your wonderful photos brought it all back.

Red Rose Alley said...

The flowering market is enchanting, Carola. Love those watering cans, so cute. The lavender packets are nice. I can smell them from here. And I would have had to get one of those sweet gnomes. I am enjoying your Paris posts so much. Your photos are wonderful.


David M. Gascoigne, said...

This post goes to illustrate why Paris is, in so many respects, a city like no other, a true jewel, a city for all the world, where there are many enclaves and hidden treasures for all to discover, far more than the vaunted tourist attractions.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, what a wonderful market. I love the scent of lavender. The flowers are beautiful, I like the gnomes and the bird houses. Thanks for sharing your visit. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day. Wishing you a happy new week ahead

Lowcarb team member said...

Looks a wonderful market and I enjoyed my walk around through your photographs.
Those gnomes look so colourful and cheerful and I'm sure I could smell the lavender :)

Great post.

All the best Jan

Magic Love Crow said...

What an amazing place to see! A great market! Too bad you couldn't take any seeds back home! Big Hugs!