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Thursday, May 31, 2012

The French Art of Tea and Chocolate ...

Tea made its arrival in Paris in 1636 (almost 22 years before its arrival in England). It is a petite known fact, but tea was exceptionally popular among French Aristocracy. One of the first connoisseurs of tea was Louis XIV, who is known to have taken tea regularly to assist in his digestion and as a preventative against gout and cardiac disorders.

Madame de Sevigne (one of the greatest letter writers in history), in her famous series of gossipy letters to her daughter chronicling the life of the Sun King - as Louis XIV was known-, and his entourage, provides us with a glimpse inside styles, fashions, opinions and much more about
life in 17th century France, including her numerous mentions of tea.

According to Madame de Sévigné ....  (complete article available in the May/June issue of Belle Inspiration Magazine)

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  2. I love Mimi and Belle Inspiration - she is the best. Tea and chocolate, two of my favorite things. xo

  3. That magazine looks beautiful! Will definitely check it out. And I'll go for coffee and chocolate...is that ok? :o :)

  4. Dear Celia,

    Thank you so much for being a part of Belle Inspiration. Your article is lovely as always and you're an inspiration to me!

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  5. Hello Celia,
    An interesting post you have shared and I never knew about this on-line magazine. Thank you for sharing and I will check it out. Have a delightful day.


  6. Dearest Celia,
    Your article in Belle Inspiration is SUPER and also this post provides a lot of previously unknown facts (to several readers) about the origin of tea.
    You are correct in stating that tea arrived almost 22 years earlier in France than in England. In the excellent book about 'French Tea' by Carole Manchester, you can read that the Dutch East India Company, having established trade with China and Japan, shipped tea to Holland in 1610, to France in 1636, and later sold it to England in 1658.
    Very interesting as it at first was considered a drug...
    Glad they did discover this in the Far East and ship it to Western Europe so we now all know its bliss.
    Have a lovely week's ending.


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