Europe Part 4: Bon Voyage Paris & English Afternoon Tea

On our last night in Paris, Brandon & I decided to do something so incredibly us – Grab a bottle of vino, some McDonald’s & park our butts in front of the Eiffel Tower (seriously, I know I have an obsession. No need to point it out):

It was probably the best night of our vacation. We laughed, we ate, we drink wine… Doesn’t get much better than that.

The next morning we took a train to London & upon our arrival at Mint Hotel Westminster in London, the front desk clerk told us Brandon’s parents had arranged for us to have Afternoon Tea. Although I was excited, I was a little nervous about what to wear… I hadn’t packed anything too fancy & I wasn’t sure if this was as formal as High Tea at The Ritz. Thanks to the iMac in our room, I was able to do a quick Google search & find that the dress code was definitely more on the casual side. So I donned a sundress & cardigan & we headed down to the bar for Afternoon Tea.

What you may not know is I am rather indecisive at times… especially when given a lot of options. That’s exactly how I felt when confronted with the tea menu:
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I eventually decided on the peppermint rubbed & a glass of Champagne:

One of the things I love about the English is their tea. Loose leaf tea really has such a better flavor & it doesn’t have that harsh aftertaste like some bagged teas. The tea was smooth & served as a great afternoon pick me up.

A beautiful cake stand filled with finger sandwiches, scones, a cupcake & a raspberry tart arrived at our table:

Now, we’re usually really good at sharing food, but when I saw this cupcake, I called dibs on it:

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I mean, really? It was beautiful. The flavor combination of orange & chocolate is one of my favorites & this cupcake certainly did not disappoint. The entire experience was a fun lesson in English culture & I highly recommend Afternoon Tea to anyone visiting Great Britain.

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Devon Stiles

4 Comments

  1. Looks delicious! I think having afternoon tea would be a really fun experience when visiting London. What a great idea!

    Also, I love that you sat in front of the Eiffel Tower and ate McD’s. haha. I want to take Adrian to Europe so bad and would love to go back to Paris. It’s been WAY too long!

  2. That is awesome that you got to do afternoon tea. My mom’s side of the family is British (they moved over here when my mom was 16), but I’ve never gotten the luxury to experience real afternoon tea.

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