Saturday, June 30, 2018

Saturday Afternoon in Dublin

We stayed four nights in Dublin at the Clayton Hotel at Ballsbridge.
Renovations were underway on this historic building which was once a 
Masonic Temple.  
 After visiting Dublin Castle,  see three photos above,
we checked off an item on my list. 
Gluten free fish and chips with calamari at Beshoff Bros Seafood Restaurant.
oh my goodness!  What a treat for Austin and me.
We continued walking back to Grafton Street and stopped at the
famous Bewley's Oriental Cafe. 
 We ordered tea and dessert. 
 Look at the way the tea is labeled in the this stump teapot. So clever! 
 The guys enjoyed is as much as I did! 
Dublin is very visitor-friendly.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Art Tea at The Merrion Hotel in Dublin

 On our first full day in Dublin, Friday, June 8th, we took the City Scape
hop-on, hop-off bus to Trinity College to visit the Book of Kells.
We walked and shopped along Grafton Street to St Stephen's Green,
and then to our 1:30 p.m. reservations for afternoon tea at The Merrion

We love cities with walking streets.
The Merrion is a five star hotel (image from the internet)

Our low table was in front of the fire place and set with Wedgwood China. 
The Art Tea is served in two courses.  
The first course is served on the three tiered server.
Gluten free on the left and the non gluten free on the right.
The menu is posted below. This is Glenn's lovely first course.

Austin and I shared a three tiered server for our gluten free items. 

 I like the way the clotted cream, jam and lemon curd are
presented on the top tier. 

The second course was inspired by three pieces of art work
in the extensive Merrion collection of art displayed throughout
the quaint historic hotel. 

Note the "labels" on the teapots.  The server did not leave the pots
on our table, but kept them on a nearby table and refilled our cups frequently. 
Our tea selections included: 
Afternoon Tea Gold - A blend of full bodied Assam, flowering spring 
Darjeeling and a fruity sparkling Ceylon. 
Irish Malt - The extravagant flavor of Irish Whiskey with a hint of
cacao blended with a malty Assam. 
The afternoon tea menu is below.  

This was a lovely experience, and was the first of six 
afternoon teas during our travels in Ireland.
I made all Dublin afternoon tea reservations in advance online
prior to our travel dates.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Ireland Adventures 2018

We are home after a "lovely" journey in Ireland.
We began on Wednesday, June 7, 2018 with a flight from
CVG to BOS, then overnight from BOS to DUB, arriving two hour late.
A driver was waiting to take up to the Clayton Hotel in Ballsbridge for 4 nights.
 Susan of Ireland's Hidden Gems arranged the rooms and transportation.
Last night, June 24th  we returned safely home from 18 days of travel,
but without luggage. It arrived this afternoon (Monday). 
Loads of laundry are in the washer and dryer as I write this post.
The next several blog posts will be about our travels and afternoon tea venues all around Ireland.
There will be a few Irish gift giveaways among the blog posts. 
Many readers of this blog will recall our family visited Ireland in 2015, on our own
while driving on the other side of the road.  That fantastic trip was just long
enough for us to determine we loved the country and the people, and needed to return.
After much family discussion, evaluating the pros and cons of group travel,
I booked the unique June 2018 itinerary small group tour with
I have photos taken by Austin, Glenn and me on three iPhones to organize.
I'll begin this series posts of our
Ireland's Hidden Gems Tour soon.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Celebrating Austin's Birthday

We began Austin's 19th birthday celebration with dinner in Lexington.  
The celebration will continue in a few days and will include Afternoon Tea.
Details and photos will be posted soon.

Friday, June 1, 2018

June Tea Cart

 One of my tea carts is decorated for the month of June with
trios of Duchess English Bone China.  The pattern is June Bouquet.

I purchased these four trios at a china shop in Stratford-upon-Avon in 2002,
and carried them home in a small roll-aboard bag I bought in a luggage shop nearby.
I used a vintage Sadler teapot and an Ansley small open sugar bowl
and milk jug to complete my tea set.
 Below is a photo of Austin, Glenn and me having tea in a
Stratford tea room near the china shop.
 The photo above is in a framed collage of 2003 and 2004
photos of teas in England.  It hangs above this tea cart.


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