The guestbook of the Hôtel des Grands Hommes – extract 6

Time for some more touching comments from the guestbook of the Hôtel des Grands Hommes that covers the period from 1946-1957. This time, the messages date from the summer of 1948 and beginning of 1949.

As usual, many of the English or American guests try to write in French as a mark of respect. John of Oxford says:

“Dear Madame, we’d like to thank you for everything you have done for us both, and would like to say that ‘chez vous’ we always felt like we were ‘chez nous’.

We will keep fond memories of our stay in Paris and hope to see you again as soon as possible.”

Iris writes (in English), “Thanks you very much for a lovely time in Paris. When I return here some time in the future, I shall remember your kindness and your address and really hope to see you again”. How sweet!

Vernon from Boston says “My dear madame, it was a pleasure to be your guest and to do you some good. It was an education as much as a gastronomic experience”!

And Richard from Brooklyn seems slightly ashamed of his basic French, so instead of writing a message he leaves a few bars of handwritten music. I wonder what it must sound like?
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Let’s hope they did indeed meet up!

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