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Today Flat Ruthie went out for tea with us to a new place in town called The Wood n Frog



It was warm and cozy inside and the tea was served in a delightful teapot. I judge the quality of a place by the teapots they use. Tea made in a cup does not warrant a return trip. I chose a Rooibos tea which was very nice. Hubby had a cafe latte and a blueberry sconce which he quickly gobbled up.  Between mouthfuls, he said it was excellent.



We will certainly return to this spot. The wonderful thing is that it is in walking distance from our house.  Now we have seven coffee shops near our home. We could walk to a different one every day of the week if we were so inclined.  We save going out for tea and/or coffee for the weekends though.

Flat Ruthie enjoys going for tea so much I showed her my special camel teapot given to me as a gift from a dear friend when I launched my first book, Amanda in Arabia – the Perfume Flask


Flat Ruthie has been looking over my shoulder as I read a book  called Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey. She has become quite a fan of Downton Abbey and watches it with us every Sunday evening. We can’t wait to see what happens tonight.


Do you have a favourite coffee/tea shop or a special teapot?  Do you enjoy watching Downton Abbey?

My husband thinks it is amusing that I take pictures of the food we eat while travelling.  But I find it is part of the good memories. And we ate some great food on the latest trip to Europe.  The first fabulous meal was at Cafe Opera in Altea, Spain. I had  been to Cafe Opera once 8 years ago.  Both experiences have been wonderful and I was pleased to see it had not changed.  The cafe overlooks the Mediterranean and the large outdoor seating area is surrounded by greenery.  The tablecloths are decorated with sheet music and the menu, in four languages, looks like the program for an opera performance.  The staff is very friendly and efficient.  Inside the café, the walls are decorated with musical instruments and drawings of composers.  But the best part is the food.  I had a Beethoven salad eight years ago which was amazing. This time I opted for the Tchaikovsky salad and was not disappointed.   I savoured every morsel.  The bill came in a delightful small music box. 

The meals on the Sound of Music were incredible as well.  There was something for everyone’s tastes and so nicely presented.  The highlight was always the desserts.  Here are a couple of examples.

Orange cheese cake

We love to search out cute little tea/coffee shops wherever we go.  We found this adorable tea shop in La Manga, Spain



And we found many wonderful coffee shops in in Vienna, including one that served generous portions of ice cream. 

Ice cream in Vienna

Since we have returned home it has been difficult to not have dessert three times a day!  We have been eating the fabulous gingerbread we brought back from Nuremberg, Germany sparingly, to make it last.

Gingerbread Bakery stall, Nuremberg market

Writing this post has made me hungry. There must be some German chocolate around here somewhere.


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