Eating Out in Paris

Hannah Palmer at the Hotel Rossignol, Paris to her parents, October, 1837:

“We are obliged to get our dinners at eating houses which Mr. Palmer says are much grander than anything in that way in London: you have wine and brandy, four courses and fruit for 1/8 per head. They are magnificent rooms with long tables crowded round with ladies and gentleman talking French, and what with the quantity of plate and the glitter of the glass and number of lamps, it is as grand a place as one can dine at; and we find we cannot get cheaper elsewhere, because at the poorer places you get made-dishes of perhaps bad meat. Here we get fowls, beefsteak, fish, veal and those things we are sure of, only cooked in the French way, covered with sauce and curiosities which I leave.”


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Eating Out in Rome

Samuel Palmer at Rome to Mrs. Linnell, Feb. 21 1838:

“ …we [i.e. Hannah & Samuel Palmer] work without intermission. We have a halfpenny-worth of chocolate for breakfast and 5 pennyworth of bread and ricotta - a sort of curd, 2d. the pound out of which we make a luncheon at noon, and when it is dark we go to the dining rooms - which we find is the cheapest way; our dinner costs for both from 15 to 18 pence - we have no tea or supper for we go to bed soon - and we find this is ample nourishment for Anny’s face is like a full moon and it would do you good to see how snug and happy she looks when she goes to dinner wrapped in her cloak and boa up to the chin”


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