Tuesday, February 22, 2011


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I just got back from a great weekend in Paris with my big sister, Kath.

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The main purpose of this briefest of brief trips was to see the Musee d’Orsay and the Impressionists.

Mission accomplished.


I’m not a travel writer, nor an art critic, so apart from WOW, I would like to say

1/ I was very moved by Van Gogh’s La Nuit Etoilee, which I had not seen before,


2/ I thought the Musee itself was stunning (it wasn’t open when I was last in Paris in 1983.)

I would like to ask two questions

1/ Why do Parisians wear nothing but black, brown or navy in the winter? – It’s so dull!

2/ Why do hotels abroad offer you Liptons teabags in your room? (so far found in Paris. New York, Denver and Mendocino.)  Is it because foreigners don’t understand what constitutes good tea, or is it that Liptons  can only sell their stuff abroad, because self-respecting tea drinkers in the UK won’t touch it?

……..oooh, I am being contentious this morning……


Frenchie_in_London said...

How lucky you are, how jealous I am.
This exhibition seem wonderful, I miss Paris so much... and your photo is the last neighbourhood I lived in!

Well, I'd give a go at your questions then :

1/ As far as I remember, parisians always dress like that (sometimes beige too), it's "chic".
2/ I know you'll be disappointed, but for the average french Lipton is the best known tea.

(and most of french think it's the best you can find in the supermarket).

Best Wednesday !

Sue Hepworth said...

Hi Coline - re (1) was it always thus? is that why the impressionists made such a splash with their colour and light?
re (2) we must get Yorkshire Tea onto this - or even Twinings - and educate the world!