A Cup of Tea in a Foreign Land

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Highlight of our (very brief) trip to Paris? That would be the cup of tea in Mariage Freres’ tea salon, tucked away in a rather unprepossessing corner of the Carousel Galleries under the Louvre. Forget the glories of the Impressionist gallery across the road at the Musee d’Orsay, forget the pale colours of winter sunshine washing the face of Notre Dame, forget the slap-up “steak and frites” dinner later on that day. The happiest moment of the trip was, weary and footsore from sightseeing and shopping, clutching our flotsam of little packages and bags, we stumbled into the tea salon, to have one of the most refreshing cups of tea, hot, steaming, scented and gently smokey. Ah tea! Here is a snapshot of the mouthwatering blueberry and blackcurrent tart that went with it. I neglected to photograph the very handsome, very attentive waiter who was also a vital part of this experience.

And now we are home again, dispensing gifts to all and sundry, and with plenty of photos and memories to mull over. Did I feel a sense of relief in returning to my kitchen, and driving the men out of it again? I must confess, dear reader, that nice though it may be to eat in restaurants for a few days, I am glad to be back.

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8 comments
  1. Deb said:

    Lovely; your trip reminds me of my trips to Paris with my husband and the lovely food we enjoyed. One day I hope to go back. Deb x

    • Yes, my grand plan is that *next* time, somehow, I take my husband! I really missed him this time.

  2. Your lovely writing style brings to me a smile and a moment in that Parisian cafe. 🙂

    • Thank you Karen – it was so nice to be able to record it too. Really summed the whole (brief) trip.

  3. Joy said:

    I’d feel exactly the same. Going away is nice, coming home is better!

    • It is, isn’t it? I really felt the pull home this time, even though it was such a short time away.

      • Joy said:

        That’s just how it should be, I think.
        J x

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