What do tea and France have in common? More than one would think…

DSCN2911Origin of tea drinking in France.

Tea first arrived in Paris in 1636, a full 22 years before it arrived in England, and quickly became popular among the French nobility. Louis XIV, known as the Sun King, became a tea drinker in 1665. Tea became fashionable and was popularly known as a mental stimulant that ”cures all ills”. Tea was often complemented by hot milk, which was considered a “French touch”.

The popularity of tea among the upper classes in France caused it to be seen as a luxury good, a symbol of royalty, which went the way of the royal monarchy during the French Revolution in 1789. As in the American Revolution, tea drinking became unpatriotic and tea remained out of vogue for the next half century.

Today, tea has regained its popularity from yore and Paris alone boasts over 140 “Salons de Thé”.

So why all this about tea, France and French books?

One because this is my favorite drink and I can’t think of anything better than spending an hour with a good book and a cup of tea, and two, because we are now offering for purchase an exclusive French Earl Grey Tea.

Our French Earl Grey was exclusively hand blended by master tea blender Oliver Pluff & Co. It comes in a beautifully designed air-tight tin can which showcases the Versailles palace gardens on the front and a brief history of tea in France on the back.

Our French blend Tea is composed of 100% Orange Pekoe Black Tea loose leaves, rose petals, Bergamot Citrus oil, and rose flavoring.

This truly unique item is now available, right on time for the holidays and will delight lovers of French culture, art and  history and tea enthusiasts alike. Visit our unique gifts aisle to get more information and purchase your French Earl Grey Tea Tin.

Happy reading (and tasting…)!

French Earl Grey Tea Tin
French Earl Grey Tea Tin (front)
French Earl Grey Tea Tin
French Earl Grey Tea Tin (back)
Vous prendrez bien une tasse de the? Claude Keller
Vous prendrez bien une tasse de the? Claude Keller

 

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Wake up your mind, learn a new language!

One of my favorite quotes about languages:

“There is no such thing as a dead language, only dormant minds”(Zafon, Carlos Luis. The Shadow of the Wind)

Wake up your mind!: Learn a new language. Any language is good for the mind, good for the soul. See our Failing French blog post about what wonderful things learning a new language will do to your mind.

There is no better day than today to start. We can help if you pick French. See our on line resources to learn French

Bon voyage!


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Bookstore anyone? Mais oui, merci.

DIGITAL CAMERA I love books and I love bookstores. For as long as I can remember a trip to the bookstore has always been a real treat. I am also French and as a people I believe we cherish our special relationship with the printed word.

Recently, The New York Times published a very interesting article about the strong health of French bookstores as compared with their English and American counterparts.  (You may read the entire article, by clicking the link: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/21/books/french-bookstores-are-still-prospering.html?_r=0 ).  Yes, bookstores are thriving in France in part because of government subsidies and price controls. But at the core, bookstores flourish in France because people enjoy and value the service they provide.

This gave me the idea of trying to showcase bookstores from around France (and the world). So there we go, step 1 in our journey (and where it all started for me):

1. Librairie Ancienne Lacoste – Chinon, France

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Librairie Ancienne Lacoste Rare books library located in my hone town of Chinon – Indre et Loire – France
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Chinon, Indre et Loire – France My home town along the banks of the river Vienne.

Bonnes lectures et bon voyage!


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Failing French? Well done! Bravo!

speak_mediocre_frenchI simply could not resist posting an article published in the NY Times last week: The Benefits of Failing French by William Alexander. Please read the entire article by clicking on the link, you will love it!

In a nutshell, attempting to learn French AND failing is a good thing because you will literally end up smarter, and this,  regardless of your linguistic achievements.

So pick up a French book or why not start with a bilingual book?

Bonnes lectures! (That’s “Happy Readings!” for those of you just starting to learn)   smiley_french_flag


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Bastille Day Sale: Storm our site until July 14th

bastille_day225 years ago, the people of Paris stormed the Bastille, until July 14th, storm our site and enjoy 15% OFF our entire site.

Did you know…

Bastille Day is the name given in English speaking countrie to the French National Day which is celebrated on the 14 July each year. In France, it is formally called “La Fete Nationale” and commonly “Le quatorze juillet”.

The French National Day commemorates the beginning of the French Revolution with the Storming of the Bastille on the 14 July 1789, as well as the Fete de la Federation on the 14 July 1790. Celebrations are held all over France. This year we are celebrating the 225th anniversary of the storming of the Bastille by angry Parisians.

“Paris, the City of Lights” A selection of our titles which take place or have Paris as a background…Enjoy!


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Welcome to my blog!

paris_bouquinist Hi there and welcome to my new blog! My goal here is to share a bit of the French culture with you (and yes also let you know about the books in French we offer on our site www.LecturesDeFrance.com).

We are not new at selling books in French on line (have done this for over 10 years now) but we are new at writing blogs. Please feel free to comment on our blog posts so we can deliver content that you are interested in.

By the way, I am a French expat, left the City of Lights 25 years ago and moved Continue reading Welcome to my blog!

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