Tuesday, February 21, 2012


Each room in the Sylvia Beach Hotel is decorated for a different author.
The Colette room is the room my husband reserved.
It is one of the nicest rooms at the hotel with three windows looking out at the ocean
and a small private deck, plus a fireplace.
Each time we stay here we try to stay in a different room.
I didn't know much about Colette, but enjoyed picking up the book,
The Collected Stories of Colette edited by Robert Phelps.
I found her to be very descriptive in her writing.
Now I want to read more of her short stories.

I learned that she liked tea, cats, and the sea;
a girl after my own heart.

Here is a short excerpt from Gray Days:

"Leave me alone, I'm sick and cranky, like the sea.
Tuck this tartan around my legs, but take away this
steaming cup, with it's bouquet of wet hay,
lime blossom, stale violet.....
I no longer have one secret  place left in me...."

That pretty much describes how I was  feeling when I
stepped into the Colette room.
How lovely to sit in this room with the fire crackling
and the ocean just outside the window.
Each of us needs a day or two escape to wash
that sick and cranky feeling away and this is what it was for me.


Steph said...

Oh, lovely!!

Adrienne said...

And what better place to be when we're cranky but in a room by the sea! I've always wanted to stay at The Sylvia Beach Hotel. Wouldn't that be a fun place for a girlfriend retreat?

Kate said...

Sounds heavenly....

beth said...

what a perfect room.....xo

Relyn said...

What a lovely time I know you are having. I am so pleased for you.

S. Etole said...

sounds like just the perfect place to be ...

La Tea Dah said...

Lovely room ---- what a treat to get away. And such a descriptive verse --- "bouquet of wet hay" says it all! I'm glad you got a respite from life.

Jeanie said...

This is divine to the max. That room is stunning and I can't even begin to imagine a three-sided view of the sea! Yes, I think I would like Colette very much, too!

koralee said...

How charming! I must look up this place...it would be a wonderful place to stay!

parTea lady said...

The Sylvia Beach Hotel sounds like a delightful place. Hope you enjoyed your escape and emerged refreshed.

Angela McRae said...

Glad you got to experience what was obviously an enjoyable getaway. And I love the writer-themed rooms. I remember when Victoria magazine used to feature Colette a lot through the years. Makes me want to go dig out some of those back issues!