Everyone thinks it’s the British who started the whole tea thing but…..
but in fact, according to reknown letter-writer, Madame de Sévigné (1626 to 1696), tea first arrived in Paris in 1636 (22 years before it appeared in England!) and quickly became popular among the aristocracy.
Even Marie-Antoinette took tea all the time. And it was a Frenchwoman, the Marquise de la Sablière, who initiated the fashion of adding milk to tea. “Madame de la Sablière took her tea with milk, as she told me the other day, because it was to her taste” reported Madame de Sévigné. By the way, the English delighted in this “French touch” and immediately adopted it. (am going to get seriously in trouble for saying this on FB)
Tea afternoon in the every crowded, busy in the Fauchon house on Champs Elysees. Always impeccably served but oh! so sweet a tea affair … I would prefer a refreshing savoury cucumber sandwich, but that’s the common man’s taste buds in me.5- FAUCHON TEA 2 MACARON TIERS 6 LADUREE PETIT DEJEUNER 7 INSIDE LADUREE 8 HIGH MACS

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Repetto in Paris !

With the chilly days almost at the doorstep, I reluctantly think of boots which will soon hamper the total freedom of my feet with its wriggly toes. But anyone who knows me close enough would have noticed that I never leave my tongs, rain or shone, home or away. Although, I hate walking barefoot, I also share my pet hate of having my feet confined. For such I could never be born in the East. Anyway, back to shoes, ballerinas are my prayers answers. And years ago, I found the best ones in Paris under the world famous and much loved ‘repetto’. They are what ‘macarons’ are to Paris, as they come in as pretty colours as the latter.
Its main shop near Place de l’Opera, on Rue de la Paix, is a little haven, with its plush decor, always busy and the pretty, simple little shoes selling like hot cakes on any day. Why ? Because they are simply so comfortable. Every self respecting woman owns one pair which finds its way discretely in the bag as a relief to the plain torture high heels give you. Ouf ! I love my Repettos !

3 REPETTO PLAIN VANILLA 5 REPETTO RED VELVET 7 REPETTO WHICH SIZE 9 REPETTO TUTUS 11 REPETTO COLORS 12 REPETTO MACARON