Friday, May 4, 2012

Francophile Friday: La Cure Gourmande, Paris

 ink pen & watercolour illustration, 7" x 8.75" [18 x 22.5cm] BROWSE PRINTS

I'm all for medicinal chocolate, medicinal biscuits and medicinal lollies ~ mind you, being brought brandy by a Saint Bernard would be a hard act to follow.  There's minimal risk of that in Paris, however, so let us self-prescribe with sweet abandon at La Cure Gourmande.  Thanks to dear Virginia of Paris Through My Lens for inspiring my illustration today.  Merci, ma chère, comme toujours.

And thanks to all the fine detail, I'm about to consult my Fanciful Pharmacopoeia of Sweet Somethings to see what will stop the fine lines dancing in front of my eyes.  {Better in front of my eyes than around my eyes...}  On the other hand, we could throw research to the winds and see what La Cure has to offer.   {There are several in Paris and elsewhere in France, Belgium, Spain and 'autres pays' around the world.} Time for a quick wardrobe change then we're set.  And on that note...

Happy Francophile Friday to you!

30 comments:

  1. I'll admit I've never bought as much as a medicinal lolly in that place but it's so bright and cheerful I go in every one I pass! :)

    You always make me so proud when you find inspiration in my work sweet Shell.

    Meepsie Doodle and I wish you a bon bon bon weekend,
    V

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    1. Dear V, where would I be without you?! Bisous to you and Meepsie Doodle. {Just when I thought she couldn't get any cuter...}

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  2. I looove this illo, Shell! La Cure should buy it from you (for beaucoup de euros, bien sur.) I drooled all over the vitrine of the shop in the Passage Jouffroy on my last visit—it was closed, but I could still admire their stack-'em-high displays and pretty pastel packaging.
    I'm gonna have to fight you for that fetching little shift, btw. :~} (Actually, you can have the dress if I can have that watch.)

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    1. I'm glad you love this one, Alexa ~ and all the better to bring back some lovely memories. {And it's a deal on the outfit. That's a damn fine watch, though...}

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  3. That is one fine looking window!
    If Alexa gets the watch, I'll take the bracelets!
    Virginia's comment reminded me of this little ditty:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=peDtzPBmHoY

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    1. Those bracelets will look fabulous on you, Cali. And thank you for the very groovy link ~ nice catch!

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  4. Wo. That maybe the most magical looking store I've ever seen.

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  5. Beautiful ileo! I need some medicinal chocolate, etc. The dress you've chosen is perfect, especially with that brilliant red handbag.

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    1. Thanks, Ms M ~ and the bag would hold quite a good stash of medicinal chocolate.

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  6. I beg your pardon! I got a wee bit lost on your Pinterest page, but I'm back. If I'm going to wear all those pretty clothes I'd best stay away from the medicinal chocolate.

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    1. I'm glad you were able to follow the trail of macaron crumbs back here, Petrea. {And one or two small squares of dark chocolate would be imperceptible...}

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  7. Love the illo Shell! I'm so there for lots of medicinal goodies! :)

    Sending big hugs to you and Ella from me and Purrson.

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    1. Thanks, Favourite Vintage Finds! And the hugs karma is heading right back to you.

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  8. Beautiful! Have a delightful weekend, Kellie xx

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  9. These delighful shops are just magnets that draw you in, full of color and promises of sweet treats. I saw my first one in Seville and just about fell out. There are many in Paris now, the most recent at the corner of Rue de Rivoli and Rue St Roch. It certainly brightens up that spot!

    Love your interpretation as always, dear Shell... so lovely

    Bises,
    Genie

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    1. Thank you, Genie, and thanks also for the info on their newest Paris additions. They are such happy-looking shops, aren't they!

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  10. What a yummy drawing! So many great details, and Kitty looks like she's in a happy sugar stupor. I've never been in one of these shops, but if they sell medicinal chocolates I'll be sure to visit one. Love that dress too. Wow!

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  11. Thanks, Katie ~ I was wondering who would spot the camouflaged kitty!

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  12. WoW! A really nice one.
    I'm all for getting sick if chocolate is the cure.

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  13. have just ben given some french truffles...feeling a lot better!!

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  14. Cafe ~ please stick with bikkies. You know puppy dogs and chocolate don't mix...

    Hi, Young at Heart ~ I'm glad to hear the truffles did the trick! Thanks for dropping by.

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  15. A house full of chocolates is my kind of medicine. It's like Charlie's Chocolate Factory for les femmes. Another illo to soothe the soul.

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    1. Chocolates beat cod liver oil any day, Susan!

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    2. Take your Cod Liver oil in capsules, ShSh. Then follow it up with macaron's. That's my prescription.

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  16. I was admiring the drawing in this piece and thought I'd share this line from your cantankerous down under art critic Robert Hughs

    "Drawing never dies, it holds on by the skin of its teeth, because the hunger it satisfies – the desire for an active, investigative, manually vivid relation with the things we see and yearn to know about – is apparently immortal."

    Seems this year we have lost a trio of outsider thinkers

    Christopher Hedges, Gore Vidal and Robert Hughs

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  17. (and don't feel a need to comment on my recent posts - all about local politics and it would take you forever to get through it) just stay tuned for when something a little more universal shows up

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    1. That's a fabulous quote, PA. I can also relate it to my love of handwriting ~ there's some kind of intimate connection that's different from the one with a keyboard and mouse. {And I will be sure to stay tuned over at your place. All the best with the local goings-on there ~ somewhat perturbing.}

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Merci, grazie, thank you for joining our conversation lounge. Your smile lights up the room. Even more beautifully than our crystal chandelier. x

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