Sunday, June 6, 2010

Tea in England and Teacup Tuesday

Since my camera battery went kerplunk I decided to share a tea experience of mine rather than a specific teacup. Hope you don't mind. Next week...I promise!

My husband and I were so fortunate to travel to England this past year for our 40th wedding anniversary. We stayed in London. What an absolutely beautiful and interesting place! I insisted we visit a tea room while there because I just couldn't show my face around here if I went all the way to England and didn't have tea! So we asked the Queen's guards where they would recommend we go for the best place for a spot of tea. They pointed us in the direction of Kensington Palace.

We followed their directions and it was but a few minutes before we arrived at the Palace. The gates were open as they apparently were expecting us.

After giving us a tour of the Palace the attendant directed us to the tea room which had previously been an 'Orangery' where they grew fresh fruit year round for the royal family. It was quite a long walkway to the front door which I assume is why they had some relaxing park benches upon which to rest along the way.

It was quite charming and elegant at the same time. They were expecting us at the tearoom as well, greeted us at the door and we were seated immediately.

It was the perfect tea room for us. I was able to indulge in a relaxing cup of tea and my husband got to enjoy his beverage of choice (which is not tea). We both indulged in one of the many luscious desserts! Oh heavenly!!!

After our visit we visited the Sunken Garden which was absolutely captivating.

As we went on our way we stopped to express our gratitude and chat a bit with Queen Victoria who was out enjoying the park as well. She was a little quiet, but listened attentively. Although she is probably interrupted often she never uttered a harsh word to anyone. A very respectable Queen.

What a perfect day. We didn't see the guards again. We wanted to thank them and let them know what a smashing time we had. It seems like it was yesterday. sigh! Happy Teacup Tuesday everyone!

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Terri said...

Sorry your camera is not working! I don't know what I would do!
Your tea story is wonderful. How great that you were sent to the palace and that it turned out to be so good. It looks like you had an amazing time there. What a fab memory!
Thank you so much for sharing this with us all today.

Brenda-shabbycatsandroses said...

What a fabulous and special trip you and your husband had for your 40th anniversary! Love all your photos...I know I will probably never get there :) I can live vicariosly? thru these pictures.

Happy Teacup Tuesday

Warmest, Brenda

Msartist said...

How lovely that you were able to travel for such an amazing 40th anniversary! Thanks for sharing the photographs with us! The gardens look so wonderful, I love all the green. It gets rather dry here in the summer~ All my best, Good luck with the camera. ( not fun when they don't work)

Sherry said...

How cool! Who would have thought you could have gone there! Such a great story. You ladies and your tea times continue to amaze me.:)
Have a great week.

Hopeful Heart said...

Thank you for stopping by and visiting me on my first Teacup Tuesday. I love meeting all you tea friends through this great big blog world.

First of all, congratulations on your 40th wedding anniversary!!

How lovely to take tea in an English tearoom. I would love to do that myself sometime. It looks like a very beautiful place.

Have a lovely day,
Patti (Of Days and Dreams)

Anonymous said...

Oh, Connie! Your post is MOST magnificant! That room is so stunning in it's simplicity and you two look like you're enjoying yourselves! How cute are you?????
Ok, I'll forgive you for not having a battery this time (!) since London was so spectacular. :)
BTW..the bike ride was hard and fun all at the same time. Two days after and I'm ready to go again (call me nuts).
Thanks for sharing London with us. One day I'll get there, too! It's Alaska this year for our 40th. Not too shabby, huh?

Appleshoe said...

Hello Connie- Lovely post. My parents went to London for their 40th two years ago. It has me thinking that maybe I should save up. These pictures are wonderful. Thank you for sharing. Take care.

Joyce said...

Love London and glad you were able to have a spot of tea in such a lovely setting.

Diann said...

Beautiful photos! what a wonderful time you must have had!

Lorna ~ Lace and Ivy Cottage said...

What a fun post! Thanks for sharing your Royal Tea with us!

xinex said...

What a special 40th wedding anniversary celebration you had! Nobody can top having tea at the palace. Thanks for showing us. We were in London last Nov. but did not go inside the palace so it was nice to see pictures of it.....Christine

Jane said...

Hi Connie,
That looks like a very special anniversary trip. My husband, son and I are going to England in July. We have friends who currently live in Cambridge so we will be staying with them and making day trips to London, etc. We are also going to make a short side trip to Paris! We are all very excited about the trip. Thanks for sharing your tea with us!