samedi 12 mai 2012

Breakfast at Angelina's Tea Room and Visit to Institut de France Library

Angelina's Tea Room has been delighting Parisians and visitors to Paris since 1903. It has been frequented by such notables as Proust and Coco Chanel and more recently by expat bloggers living in Paris and moi. For 20€ at breakfast you can have:
  • lemon, orange or grapefruit juice;
  • tea, coffee or hot chocolate;
  • 3 viennoiseries;
  • bread with jam.

Whilst not exactly cheap the tea room is beautiful and does make a beautiful setting for a special breakfast. Purely in the interest of research for the blog, I ordered the famous hot chocolate and can confirm that it was thick and not too sweet. Absolutely delicious. 

The breakfast was particularly special because I had the honour to share it with the extraordinary women behind these French related blogs:
Whether you are planning on visiting France, or even further afield in some cases, and want some inside information or tips, or perhaps you are in need of a bit of a Paris fix, then I can definitely recommend these sites. 

After breakfast I headed to the Left Bank with Destination Europe and Island Girl. We visited the Bibliothèque Mazarine at L'Institut de France. To enter the library you enter through the security area to the left of the imposing main portal. You are not usually allowed to enter the Institute so you do need to explain that you want to access the library. You will be asked to leave your ID with the guard. At the library door documentation is available in English as well as French to make the most of your visit. No photos are allowed. Keep an eye out for the hidden doors in the bookcases. The library is not probably a site for the first time visitor to France but for those that are returning and are interested in French language and culture it can certainly be an interesting side visit.  It is free to enter and I think most visitors would find an hour would be more than adequate time

Salle de lecture Bibliothèque Mazarine depuis galerie
Rémi Mathis / Marie-Lan Nguyen Flicker stream

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Bibliothèque de l'Institut de France
23, quai de Conti - 75006 PARIS

5 commentaires:

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    1. I appreciated your and Island Girl's advice for the photos. I already can see that they are improving thanks to your input. I have long been impressed by your photos on and would greatly appreciate your advice at any time!

  2. Kathy, j' en ai l eau à la bouche! And yes indeed fab pictures, the tips you have gleaned are definitely effective. How do you license your pictures? Would you consider publishing them with a Creative Commons or would you rather copyright them? You know us teachers, we are always after authentic materials and we need to ensure that pics, vids etc are not only attributed but that they are openly shared to start with. More info re. Creative Commons here if needed.
    Profite de ton séjour!

    1. More than happy to publish them under creative commons. I am guessing that I can do that via a setting in blogger. I just need to work out where and how. Am travelling to Besançon today but will try and sort ASAP.

  3. Glad you got to visit the Institut de France library. I didn't know that photos were not allowed - I took a few during the Journée du patrimoine a couple of years ago ...


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