Even though our time was limited, I did my best to visit several tea spots. On our way to Paris, we stopped at Rouen. Rouen is a charming town with plenty of shopping and historical points of interest. Most notably where Joan of Arc met her demise. Cakes was our first tea stop. The tea maids at Cakes wore beautiful red toile aprons which I wanted to purchase. But a $100 for an apron couldn't be justified so a picture would have to do. No one there spoke English but using the universal language of money I was able to purchase some French Breakfast tea. It was quite robust and satisfying.
At Hediard, I chose the famous Hediard blend, one of their most popular black tea blends from China with a delicious subtle bergamot, lemon and sweet orange flavor.
Mariage Freres was the last stop for tea. It was also established in 1864. Here there was an overwhelming inventory of 600 choices of tea. With the help of a young French salesman, I chose Marco Polo. Another wonderful black tea blend of several varieties of Chinese and Tibetan fruit and flowers creating a highly sophisticated bouquet.
And so our trip to France came to an end all too quickly. I am still enjoying my French tea and dreaming of returning some day. Have you ever been to France?