February 27, 2017 (058/365) Tea at the Ritz
A glass of Champagne
Une amuse-bouche - petite madeleine soaked in warm caramel milk
Lovely French interpretations of traditional English tea cakes
and original creations inspired by Proust's writings
The china is a stylized Madeleine pattern
The famous Madeleine passage to read while enjoying one's tea
...and one more Madeleine.
A gift of a small tin of Ritz Winter Tea
Even the bathrooms are outré.
After tea, the sun appeared in the gardens.
February 26, 2017 (057/365)
“The whole of Paris is a vast university of art, literature and music.
It is worth anyone’s while to dally here...
Paris is a seminar, a post-graduate course in everything.”
~ James Thurber, The New Yorker (1918).
Along more than three kilometres on either side of the Seine are 900 green boxes containing over 300,000 old books, journals, posters, and souvenirs. Present since the 15th Century, these boxes have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The bouquinistes can rent up to four 6'x3' boxes for 100€ each per year. Only one of four may contain tourist trinkets, so if you really look, you can find some unique treasures.
February 21, 2017 (052/365)
"Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world." ~ Marilyn Monroe
I believe Marilyn is right. I'm packing for Paris and the hardest part is deciding on shoes. There's so much to consider: weather, comfort, Parisian style. I'm limiting myself to three pairs since I'm only taking a carry-on -- good thing my feet are small. These on-trend suede, pointy-toed flats by Pour la Victoire are great for days when I want to dress up a little. They feel very Parisian and the mesh detail reveals just a glimpse of toe cleavage (ooh là là)! I also love the little glossary of flirty French adjectives -- in the feminine form of course (albeit sans appropriate accent marks). C'est chouette, n'est-ce pas?
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