There is one thing I simply must do that has been on my long list is have tea at the Ritz, the one in London, that is. We did recently visit London, but the planning was rather last minute and I had many other cities to visit on our trip as well as London. However, when we were there, I decided to poke my head in the door just to see what it was all about.
First of all, I was dressed like a tourist with my jeans, T-shirt and sun hat. All I hoped to do was get a tiny little peak. The tea room was at the end of a long room on the other side of very gorgeous doors. The staff, however, was ever so gracious as I explained my circumstances and told them I knew I was not dressed appropriately but I just thought I would see if I could get a glimpse.
The concierge explained that a 12 to 14-week advance reservation is required in order to have tea there especially this year with the Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics, but if I would check at the front desk of the hotel, I might be able to pick up some information. So around the corner I went where I was met by another friendly face. I asked if I could get some information for the tea room and he whipped out this beautiful little menu that was made up in honor of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. I uttered my delight and thanked him profusely.
Some day I will visit England, all of England. I will tour the inside of Buckingham Palace, see the changing of the Guard, and, of course, have tea at the Ritz. Next time I will make plans in advance. Let's just call this last trip a teaser as we only had two days in London and by golly there is a lot to see and take in.
In the meantime, I will treasure my beautiful menu and remember how gracious the staff greeted me. I am not much for buying souvenirs when I travel. My photographs are all I need to make me happy, but this little menu is something I will keep and treasure forever.
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