A walk through the Victoria & Albert Museum

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Museum time!

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This places was huge and had a little of everything. Most of the museum is free, though it’s nice to leave a donation.

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We went on Friday because it was open from 10 in the morning until almost 10 in the evening. We headed over in the late afternoon, around 6 when the shops we were at started closing.

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As it turns out the museum had a few entrances. We took the subway over and ended up following signs that led to an underground entrance. I was really impressed how easy being a tourist in London was.

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Not all of the exhibits were open but we still had quite a lot to look at and because we were there late, it was nearly empty.

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Sculpture details! Ugh. I love details on sculptures. I might get a bust of Phong made someday…

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The jewelry exhibit was one of the ones closed but we still found shiny things to look at.

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Tiny old crowns!

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English style dress from 1785!

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Dress details. Clothing and jewelry were enclosed in glass but there was also a lot of larger displays of furniture.

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I have so many pictures. SO MANY. And I didn’t take pictures of even a quarter of the things we saw.

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They had collections of clothing and accessories from all over the world.

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There were both old and modern fashion in the exhibits.

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Tea sets! It’s probably good that they put them in glass cases. I might have been tempted to touch otherwise.

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Afternoon Tea at The Orangery

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The Orangery is located just on the other side of the Kensington Gardens, so we booked a teatime there, planning to take a look at the palace first. It worked out great and afterward we took a walk around the gardens.

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We had afternoon tea. I took Assam tea and vegetarian sandwiches. We each had our own pot of tea, which is good because when we share we run out quickly.

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This is the Royal Palace tea set! So pretty but so pricy. It was available for purchase in the Kensington gift shop.

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Scones, clotted cream, and jam. I was not overly impressed by clotted cream but Linn liked it.

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Finger sandwiches! They were cuter than they were tasty. I think the cheese one was my favorite and the pickle one my least favorite. Of course that meant that I got two of the pickle sandwiches because that’s just kind of how the world works–even when having afternoon tea in London. But because it was afternoon tea in London, and a new experience, I ate both of my pickle sandwiches quite happily.

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Desserts! So pretty. The cake was spongue with a raspberry filling and the macaron was, well, a macaron, but the chocolate-orange mousse was really nice.

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Upcoming blog posts: Food Adventures in London and A walk through the Victoria & Albert Museum.

 

 

 

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Sunday Tea in Umeå – Part 2

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Linn and I had such a great time at Sunday Tea last time I was in Umeå that we made sure to go again this time. Truth be told, we might be going there every time I’m in town because that’s how much fun it is. Sunday Tea is at Umeå’s Stora Hotellet.

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I can imagine that teatime may not be for everyone. But Linn and I can easily spend a couple hours taking pictures, drinking tea, chatting and eating our treats one at a time. We start with the scones, then the toasts, and finally the sweets. We even eat the sweets in descending order of suspected goodness.

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We were so happy with the scones that we bought marmalade on the way home and made our own scones that night. We even imagined making our own marmalades, though neither of us have actually done that yet.

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We went vegetarian so our sandwiches were cheese and chanterelle mushrooms. The mini croissants and mini cinnamon buns were really cute.

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Here’s a link to the original post with more detailed info about the place and our experience. I definitely recommend a visit here if you find yourself in Umeå on a Sunday.

And, as usual, both pictures of me were taken by the amazing Linn.

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The Not-So-Sick Day

I don’t get sick often but when I do it makes me think that sick days are wasted on actually being sick. So, once in a while, maybe once a year or every other year, we should really take a sick day while we’re perfectly healthy and able to enjoy it.

  1. Cancel everything. Call in sick. Refuse to leave your house for an entire day.
  2. Sleep in! If you have to get up to send someone else off to work or school, do so but then climb back into bed.
  3. Don’t put in your contact lenses or brush your hair. Pretty much ignore mirrors entirely.
  4. Wear your comfy clothes and drag your blanket and pillow to the couch with you.
  5. Watch shows you would never watch if anyone was looking. We’re talking daytime television here and when it gets boring, nap.
  6. Read books. Drink tea. Eat your comfort foods, diets be damned! And do it all from your comfy nest of blankets and cushions.
  7. Do absolutely nothing productive for a whole day.

Try it out! Because I’m pretty sure that being home sick would be pretty great if it wasn’t for the sick part.

-cheryl

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Sunday Tea in Umeå – Stora Hotellet

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Linn and I finally made it to Sunday tea at Umeå’s Stora Hotellet. This hotel is definitely something to check out even if you’re not lucky enough to stay there. They recently remodeled and have this great nautical theme going on with squids abound. They even had their own floor tiles designed with squids on them.

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They have a fancy restaurant (I have not yet tried) but they also have a cafe where they serve tea on Sundays. It’s located in a corner of the indoor (but outdoor feeling with a glass ceiling) square attached to the library. I do so love feeling like I’m outside without actually having to be outside. To make a long complaint short, the wind and I do not get along.

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You’re  given the choice between tea or tea and champagne. We went tea and vegetarian with our sandwiches.

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I heard that they had their own china printed. It was all very pretty.

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And they had two home made marmalades. One was orange and one was blueberry. If you visit Sweden, you’ll find a great abundance of blueberry going around. If it’s blue, it’s likely blueberry in flavor.

We started with the scones. Two different kinds, both yummy.

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Then we moved on to the sandwiches. I think we started with the artichoke, then the white asparagus and then the cheese. We decided to do the cheese one last because, well, cheese is pretty much always good.

 

The only downside to this entire visit was that we didn’t get out own pot of tea. The waitresses were really good about coming around to refill cups but I don’t think they were at all prepared for the amount of tea Linn can drink in one sitting. She was pretty much flagging them down between each bite until the waitresses would just smile and come over to check her cup.

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Desserts! The best part of anything. We had quite a conversation in deciding where to start and end with these. If I remember correctly we did the mini croissant first, because sometimes those can be terribly dry and we wanted to end with the best. And then we went for the chocolate macaroon because, despite their popularity, they just aren’t that good. Yes, I did just say that. This one wasn’t bad, it just, like all macaroons, was not amazing.

The mini cinnamon bun was third. I thought it was pretty classic to have a cinnamon bun in some form on the plate since this is Sweden after all. And that beautiful little lemon custard bit on the crunchy wafer was last. It was pretty great.

tea20150517_131248This was a really great experience and I would definitely take people here in the future or suggest it to anyone visiting Umeå. It wasn’t very pricey at all, but it is a Sunday thing so check the times if you’re going.

You got to choose between black, green or red tea and we switched somewhere in the middle from black to green I think.

Great experience and super cozy location on a calm Sunday.

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