Monday, July 2, 2012

The Brave Little Illustrator Goes to Europe PART 5

This weekend we took a visit to the British Library. We visited a gallery that held the original compositions of Handel, Schubert, Beethoven, early publications of Shakespeare, original copies of the Magna Carta, original pages from Leonardo da Vinci's workbook, and hand-written first drafts of some of the Beatles' songs: Hard Day's Night, Help! Yesterday, and others. While feeling this Beatles-y mood, we set out to find Abbey Road, and find it we did! We felt so proud of ourselves...

Until we realized that it wasn't the right Abbey Road. 

Sunday after church, a group of us headed to the Kensington Orangery to have the British Tea Time experience.

When in doubt, pinky out.

Eating some of the tiny finger sandwiches that came with the full-out tea time set. There were a total of four: cucumber, ham and mustard, egg and mayo, and smoked salmon.

Also included were an assortment of tea-time pastries...

And a scone with butter and jam. 

This is me with Kensington Palace in the background - apparently that's where William and Kate are going to move in soon and it's some sort of big deal.

This is all of us that went out to tea with the Orangery behind us. The tea time was an interesting experience and I'm glad I tried it, but I don't think I would do it again unless I had alot of money and some really close friends and here's why: it was crazy expensive. The tea time set that we got was supposed to be for 1 person, but it cost the equivalent of what would be about $35. On top of that, the service was very deliberately slow. Because the Orangery (and pretty much the majority of London restaurants) can demand higher prices for meals and food service, and because of the general culture of the UK, they don't rely on the turnover of tables like we do in the states. So mealtime conversation lasts much longer, which is obviously more comfortable with people who are closer friends. 

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