It has been rainy here in Paris and sometimes when I am trudging along the wet sidewalks and the toes of my socks are wet-I discover that my shoes aren’t waterproof-and, even though the temperatures are in the 50’s, I start to feel a little chilled because there is a wind–then I start dreaming of a few ways to cheer myself up. 

 I was in the Marais neighborhood and the thought of some Christmas tea sounded good. Why not treat myself?  I went in the warm little store right there on rue Bourg Tibourg, filled with the scents of teas mingling in the air and bought a little sack of their Christmas tea. It has cinnamon and orange peel in it and a cup of a tea with this flavor is always guaranteed to brighten your day. They handed me my little paper sack and, darn, if they didn’t put a little raincoat over it so my sack wouldn’t get wet.


 See the little raincoat?


My sac of Christmas Tea


A closeup of their label.

 I had to run into the grocery store before coming home and as I was checking out I saw something only available at Christmas and Easter around Paris. It is candy, not the handmade, expensive, exclusive candy for sale in marvelous shops around Paris, but the packaged stuff. Still, I love it. I love the chocolate covered cherries that used to be available in the States-I think they stopped making it. This is called Mon Cheri and along with a cherry inside, there is also some cherry liquor. My, is it good. So I bought a package of five pieces and ate it in ten minutes. At least I didn’t buy a package of twenty.



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8 thoughts to “Treat”

  1. What a great idea to put a raincoat on your paper bag. I am not a tea drinker but the sound of cinnamon and orange peel sounds very festive, but oh those chocolates I could really go to town on them.

  2. Aaaaaaaahhh…..Sounds lovely and festive;a warm cup of aromatic tea! A perfect treat on a day like today — here in Brittany it’s hail mixed with rain! I’d be tempted to stay in that Tea Room the whole afternoon. Hope you had an interesting book along!

  3. I love the raincoat for the shopping bag! The French just think of everything. I also buy Mariage Freres tea – the absolute best – for my daughter, for a special treat. Last year for the Christmas season they had a wooden box filled with tea, and when the lid was raised it played “c’est Si Bon.” So cute but out of my tea budget. ($100) But I loved the idea of it and returned to that shop several times to surreptitiously raise the lid and enjoy both the fragrance and the music.

  4. The pictures of the Mariage Freres labels, shopping bag and tea remind me of our visit to Parislast year..and you’re in one of the pictures. What a great place to shop. We took several of their items including the tea spoons home as gifts.

    Thanks for shaing.

  5. Raincoats for little shopping bags – how clever !

    I loved chocolate covered cherries and remember them from years ago, but I think you are right – I haven’t seen them around here for a long time. Yours looked delicious, no wonder you ate them all. I would have done the same.

  6. I think we can still get those chocolates here — I know I’ve seen them somewhere recently and now I will pay attention.
    You know I love that tea. 🙂
    If I couldn’t buy MF in the States, I’d be *forced* to move to France!

  7. Can’t believe I’ve stayed away for so long…I’m trying my best to catch up.

    The favorites list got really long really fast..

    Merry Christmas

    take a peek at my 200th post if you wish

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