Paris: Macarons and Rose Petals

Parlez-vous macarons?

As a sweet start to your week, I offer a little guide to a few of the dozens of flavors of macarons available everywhere in Paris.

Mûre Myrtille (Blackberry Blueberry), Réglisse (Licorice), Café (Coffee), Verveine lavande (Verbena Lavender), Caramel Salé (Salted Caramel), Vanille (Vanilla), Bergamote (Bergamot), Rose (Rose), Pamplemousse (Grapefruit), Passion (Passion Fruit), Praliné (Praline), Citron (Lemon), Framboise (Raspberry), Pistache (Pistachio), Chocolat (Chocolate).

We experienced a few showery afternoons while in Paris. And although Paris in the rain offers the potential for lovely photos of passersby with parapluie (umbrellas) and reflections on the sidewalks, in this instance not many people were on the streets and the light was too dull for reflections. And so, I stocked up on dozens of mouthwatering macarons and did a series of photo shoots in our charming, period hotel room and little balcony.

These I purchased at Georges Larnicol, a marvelous chocolatier and patisserie around the corner from us. Although I did visit three of the Paris Laduree locations (four counting Charles de Gaulle airport), none were very near our hotel and to be honest, the staff at Georges Larnicol were far more indulgent regarding photographs of the displays (showing the flavors above) than any of the Laduree locations. (But fear not, as we DID do a photo shoot inside Laduree, coming in the next post.)

Photographing the beautiful colors was fun but I will never be a food photographer – so fiddly and nerve-wracking when a small fortune in little gooey cookies begins to melt and drip in a muggy Paris afternoon, despite cooling off periods in the fridge. So I’d like to dedicate this post to my dear friend Éadaoin at City of Blackbirds in Ireland who DOES love food photography and takes yummy macaron photos herself. :)

Eyeing the gorgeous colors, I suddenly realized that the soft pinks, maroons, greens and yellows exactly matched the abundant handfuls of fresh rose petals that filled the gift bags I’d gotten at my new favorite flower shop, Au Nom de la Rose. Well, I had to photograph them together, didn’t I?

Such sensory delights – an everyday experience in Paris.

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And now, I’d like to thank each of you so much for your input on the calendar subjects. We had some clear winners and I’m busy creating them. I do appreciate your time in answering my little survey.
AND one more bit of exciting news. We’ve had quite a few requests for more Paris photos so this week we’ve opened a second Etsy shop just for our travel images. I’m actually very thrilled for some of D’s fabulous Paris images to be seen for the first time.
You can see them here!
In closing, I’m thinking of you all and hope you are well. Wishing you a most beautiful week filled with sweet things and flowers. Coming up next post: Tea at Laduree!
– g


  • Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!!!
    and yum, yum, yum!!!
    It's so wonderful to see another beautiful post from you g.
    sending hugs…

    August 22, 2011
  • Dear Georgianna,

    So beautiful! … the gorgeous roses and macarons and your lovely photographs.
    The colours are fabulous and I often think the macarons are almost to pretty to eat.

    Have a wonderful week

    August 22, 2011
  • Magnifique !

    August 22, 2011
  • Such pretty photos! I love the colours of these macaroons … would love to try one someday! :)

    Love the new shop too! xo

    August 22, 2011
  • Praline macaroons! Mmmmm! Holy cannoli sounds délicieux! What a wonderful presentation of photos!

    August 22, 2011
  • Those look so yummy.. I have seen these types of macaroons but have never had the pleasure of tasting them.. But they do look like they would taste heavenly.. And your photos look amazing..

    Hugs, Linda

    August 22, 2011
  • Oh G, what a feast for the eyes!! I'm actually kind of wordless, I've been sitting here wondering how to tell you how beautiful I think these shots are, but the right words wont come to me. These photos are everything I hoped for when you said you were going to Paris, I knew you'd come back with jewels to show us :) You must have had such fun exploring the different outlets, as well as tasting all the different flavours. I'm sorry to hear that Lauduree weren't so receptive to photos, but look forward to the next post very much! What an honour to have such a gorgeous post dedicated to me, I'm glowing here, thank you! Best of luck to you and D with the new Etsy shop xxx

    August 22, 2011
  • PS If you venture back that way next year we absolutely need to rendezvous in Paris! I'm so sorry I couldn't get there this time around.

    August 22, 2011
  • Such amazing colours. I am in awe – what a perfect way to spend a rainy day.
    I wish I had bought more of these marvellous morsels although I am finding that Sydney bakeries are also in love with them which is a bonus for me – tasting is definitely in order. I hope the planning for the calendar is going well.
    Love to you mon ami x

    August 22, 2011
  • Cool. The pictures are beautiful! I love those colors. Greetings Gilda

    August 22, 2011
  • Hi G
    Whoever knew that macaroons could come in such beautiful colours? To pair them with rose petals was a lovely idea. I'm wondering though, do they taste as decadent as they look?
    Waiting for tea…

    August 22, 2011
  • Anonymous

    WOW – the colors are gorgeous G!! What eye candy! Of course, made me want to eat them! Can't wait to hop over and see the new Etsy shop that you and D are doing – I'm sure it will be fabulous!! Miss you – xo – t.

    August 22, 2011
  • I didn't think it'd be possible for these to look even more mouth-watering than in the store ! Will have to go to one of my local bakeries for one of these real soon

    August 22, 2011
  • Wow, I've never seen macaroons were made in all those colors! Too had to eat them all afterwards? Yum!
    Off to check out the new Etsy shop!

    August 22, 2011
  • Gorgeous images. I think we went to Georges too, I'll have to look through my photos. How lucky that you got to shoot in Lauduree! It was definitely a "no photograph" zone in Champs D'Elysee store from the signs and staff telling off people. I tried macarons from three different stores on our trip! And what great use of your hotel room, flowers and a rainy day in Paris!

    August 22, 2011
  • Gorgeous photography and so creative combining the flowers and the macarons. I'm hungry now!

    August 22, 2011
  • G ~ I just finished dinner and now, after looking at your pics, I want dessert!, but I can't have it! LOL! A second Etsy shop? Wow, I'm headed over there right now! xo

    August 22, 2011
  • O but you are a wonderful photographer tout court Georgianna! Flowers, food, landscapes, buildings, I've seen it all here and every time you just amaze me, really, how do you do it.
    Again this time, I've never seen macarons photographed so colourful, playful, delicious looking and ready to eat like here.
    I've never had a 'real'(=bought) macaron but I've made them myself and those tasted great, so I can only imagine how delicious these 'chique' macarons from the famous Parisian patissiers must be.

    August 22, 2011
  • Dearest sweet g, i really LOVE macarons but not so much to eat them coz all of them that i buy here are mostly just really sweet. I really adora how you pair these adorable macarons with roses. Truly beautiful! These set of gorgeous photos really made my tuesday morning a happy one. Have a lovely merry happy week sweet friend and love to you!

    August 22, 2011
  • Such an incredible series of photos! And I'm sure was quite tedious. Turned out so beautiful! Yum!

    August 22, 2011
  • i have seen these all over blogland…..they look so good and i have always wanted to try one….they are styled beautifully. and they look so fabulous. i'll take a blackberry/blueberry and a salted caramel please!!! :)

    hugs, cindy

    August 22, 2011
  • So beautiful, Georgianna! Your photography is simply delicious! These are too pretty to eat…

    Thank you for the visit today! ("
    Have a lovely week!

    August 22, 2011
  • Precioso, todo una delicia.

    August 23, 2011
  • fabulous photos as usual! I love love love the one with the macaroons stacked up and the ones with the rose and macaroons…What a great way to spend a rainy day..

    August 23, 2011
  • The colours of those Laudaree macaroons are so bright and they look amazingly good the way you photograph them. :0

    August 23, 2011
  • Oh my, these look so yummy! Watching your photos always feels like eating a bag of delicious candy :) Take care! xo Moa

    August 23, 2011
  • very colorful and yummy!

    Cass from Electric Bass Guitar

    August 23, 2011
  • Ohhhh..gorgeous!!!
    Wonderful Georgianna!!
    Have a great week!

    August 23, 2011
  • Oh, that hat is SO YOU!! I LOVE it!! And this post – you know I love this post. Someday… someday I'll see it for myself.

    August 23, 2011
  • Like I mentioned on twitter, this whole post is so scrumptious! I love it. I love seeing everything Paris through your eyes and your talent. Visiting and reading your posts always cheers me up, G! oxox

    August 23, 2011
  • You did an excellent job with the macarons Georgianna! I know how hard they are to photograph but all your pictures are stunning. And I really look forward to your next post. :) If it's still not to late to make a calendar wish I my vote goes to Paris or Ranunculus calendar.

    Your Paris Etsy shop looks beautiful! :) Have a great week! xx

    August 23, 2011
  • Wow this looks so beautiful, love the colours and I really want to taste such macarone :D!

    August 23, 2011
  • Oh wow… Well, you know how much I like my macarons and flowers, so this post and pictures are heavenly. I so love all those colours and compositions. You know that I'm saying that every time though ;-)

    I'm glad to hear you've finally managed to have your Paris break and as long as it's not too cold I don't actually mind a bit of rain – a bit that is, not whole days like here in London…

    Wishing you a lovely week ahead, Love from London xo

    August 23, 2011
  • I've been reading and staring (….) at thispost several times and it's about time I write a comment… But I can't come up with a decent comment. Is it enough when I tell you that I am in love? You're such a fabulous photographer and I am drooling…..X

    August 23, 2011
  • Rain isn't always a bad thing, especially when you come up with captures like these! What a bouquet of color and form! Seriously, these shots are making me hungry!
    I'm looking forward to checking out your Etsy shops :)
    Happy week to you!

    August 23, 2011
  • Oui, oui, oui!
    Ohmy goodness, I never knew there were so many flavors, and each looks absolutely wonderful.
    These are such gorgeous photographs Georgianna, and I just visited "Paris Plus," and it is just magnificent!

    August 23, 2011
  • Oh my gosh, your photos are stunning! I'm going to Paris tomorrow(!!) and I can't wait to see all the macarons, though it was probably better that I didn't know there was a Laduree at the airport really, haha.

    August 24, 2011
  • Congrats on the new beautiful shop!!! It is so lovely and I think your macaron photos would easily have a place among them! Not a food photographer? whatever!! Jack and I were just talking this morning about going to Paris in October and macarons are on the top of my must haves… along with a visit to Jeff du Bruges. Just saying it makes my mouth water! I would love to have seen you wandering the street with your camera. It has been such a wonderful treat to experience Paris through your eyes!

    August 24, 2011
  • Wow, macaron heaven, these photos are amazing and I think you do great as a food photographer dear Georgianna :) I so want to go to Paris now after seeing all of your gorgeous images from there!

    August 24, 2011
  • So lovely arranged. Beautiful. Curious for more. Cheers, Andreas

    August 24, 2011
  • I have trouble with food photography too. I eat it all before I get a chance to shoot it!!! I had to go pick strawberries three times before I was able to get photos taken! (Not a bad problem to have, the strawberries were so, so delicious.)

    I am just catching up on these recent posts g and they are devine! I think if I ever get to Paris/France, I would never leave! Sorry I missed your request for favorites, but I always do love your roses and the processing you do. I love everything else too, so I wouldn't be much help either.

    My eye went immediately to D's B&W; of the vintage mercedes… love that!!! Great idea for a new Etsy shop!

    I love to come visit g… I always have a wonderful time!


    August 24, 2011
  • I could just reach out and ever so gently take one of those delectable macarons – you have photographed them perfectly in all their splendour!
    Have a wonderful week Georgianna and Thank you for these beautiful Parisian memories!

    August 24, 2011
  • These pictures are so sweet! I love them! And so beautiful colours…very very nice!!!

    August 26, 2011
  • Hi Georgianna, These photos are so beautiful that its almost too much to bear!! The colours and everything are amazing. Your styling and photography skills are incredible!! Wini xo

    August 27, 2011
  • Gorgeous photos!
    And such colourful macarons! I guess you got to taste all of them later…uh? :)
    I'm dying to taste them myself some day!!!

    August 27, 2011
  • Georgianna,
    So beautiful, your work is just fantastic!

    August 27, 2011
  • Hi G! Wow, those macarons look delightful! I've never tasted them before…someday! Your photos of them are yummy! :-)

    August 28, 2011
  • They look so perfectly delicious! I've heard so much about their macarons. Ah such love and temptation, in a good way of course! Loved how you coupled both the macarons and the roses together – ingenious! You have truly captured Paris so amazingly. Can't wait for your next post on tea at Laduree! Again, I've only heard about how great it is, but photos would be lovely.

    I wish the same to you too, G. Have a wonderful week(end) filled with love and beauty. xx

    August 28, 2011
  • yummm… pretty breakfast for me on this sunday morning!!! Thanks for sharing the sweetness!

    August 28, 2011
  • Just beautiful G! Love the petals mixed in with the macarons! Those colours and all the close ups, gorgeous!x

    ps your postcard is finally on it's way!

    September 5, 2011
  • Exquisite!!!

    September 7, 2011
  • Oh, Macarons! They are kinda my idee fixe since some time ago:)) You might be laughing, but I've never eaten macarons!:( Are they doubled beze (meringues) with a filling?? They always look so tempting and there are so many kinds of them! I need to make it myself soon!;)

    September 10, 2011

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