Jazz artist Donato Soviero with guitarist, Geoff Reecer playing music in the background, the President received her guests on December 29 at the Tabard Inn, an historic landmark inn in the heart of the American capital in Washington, D.C., for a book-signing of her two books, “Ukraine : prémices de guerre froide en Europe?” published in 2014 and her most recent publication of 2015, La défense de l’Europe face aux menaces : l’Europe est-elle prête pour son 11 septembre?”. Both books are in French and are published by l’Harmattan in Paris, France.
Opened in 1924, the Tabard has delighted its patrons with its Victorian appearance and gracious hospitality ever since. Wanting to give her inn a traditional ambience reminiscent of the English manner she found so appealing in a trip abroad, the Tabard’s founder Mrs. Willoughby Rogers spent hours searching through the Library of Congress for the perfect name. Tabard, the 14th century inn made famous by the English poet Geoffrey Chaucer, seemed the obvious choice for the London-style atmosphere she intended for her hostelry.
Composed of three late Victorian townhouses linked via internal passages, the Tabard provides a glimpse into the past; a taste of the elegant pleasures associated with early 20th Century living in the nation’s capital. The buildings’ history, however, extend back to the turn-of-the-century when N Street was known as the “Mayfair of Washington” and most of the townhouses on N Street were used as private residences.