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Lazy Days in London

Posted on by Angela Kauffman

Whenever Spring finally decides to make her grand debut, the sunshine seems like an invitation to head outdoors.  My favorite outdoor destinations usually involve a park of some sort.  Back when I lived in London, it seemed like the whole city would flock to the beautiful parks when even a glimmer of sunshine would peek through the clouds.  I could always find an excuse to spend a lazy day in the park - reading, writing, photographing, picnicking, people-watching...  

Regent's Park

Regent's Park

Rose garden

Rose garden

Hampstead Heath

Hampstead Heath

St. James Park

St. James Park

Kensington Palace and Gardens near Hyde Park

Kensington Palace and Gardens near Hyde Park

Regent's Park

Regent's Park

Sunset in Regent's Park

Sunset in Regent's Park

For the Love of Tea

Posted on by Angela Kauffman

I, myself, have always been a tea person.  I've never really understood the infatuation that Americans have with coffee.  When I lived in England, surrounded by like-minded tea lovers, I was in bliss.  They take tea love to a whole new level.  The tea breaks during the work day, the discarded used tea bags you'd see lying on the sidewalks, the "event" of high tea.  I loved it all, whether it be my weekly (almost daily) tea and scones at a favorite local cafe or living it up at afternoon tea at the Dorchester.

Through my travels, I've realized that much of the world agrees with my love of tea.  When traveling in Egypt, store owners would welcome me into their shop with a cup of hibiscus tea.  One of my favorite memories is having tea and biscuits served to me aboard ship while sailing down the Nile.  It seems that no matter what language you speak or what culture you are from, you can always enjoy a cup of tea together. 

Hibiscus, used to make a deep red tea, being sold in an Egyptian souk (market).

Hibiscus, used to make a deep red tea, being sold in an Egyptian souk (market).

View I enjoyed while sailing down the Nile.

View I enjoyed while sailing down the Nile.

Afternoon tea in London.  The rose tea was amazing!

Afternoon tea in London.  The rose tea was amazing!

Harrod's has an entire room dedicated to tea.  You can purchase just about any tea you can imagine.  They also have amazing tearooms where you can enjoy afternoon tea.

Harrod's has an entire room dedicated to tea.  You can purchase just about any tea you can imagine.  They also have amazing tearooms where you can enjoy afternoon tea.

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