Even though we’ve been in London for a few days, today was our first girls’ day, i.e. Mr. Mad Cow had to work (the main impetus for our London visit) leaving the Vachette and me on our own. At home, she and I call days like these “Mommy-Vachette Fun Day”, and let me tell you, there’s plenty of fun to be had in London. Today, We topped off that fun with something I’ve always wanted to do, indulge in a luxurious afternoon tea.
This trip is not my first trip to the UK, so I honestly don’t know why I’ve never taken the time to do it before. There are some obvious reasons. Like the cost. It can be rather expensive, especially if you want to do it right. And sometimes it’s really hard to slow down when there are so many other sights you want to see. But I’m not as poor as I once was, and travel with the Vachette requires a different sort of pace. Throw in the fact we are staying a very nice hotel with a winter garden that felt ideal for an afternoon tea, and so there you have it.
The Vachette was very excited about the whole idea. She dressed herself up with some beaded necklaces and handmade bracelets. Not that she needed any help in the adorable department, especially when she was sporting a tie-dyed Tshirt with the words “Pirate Girl” on it.
Of course, the thing she was most excited about was the cakes. She ate some of the finger sandwiches.
She tried several. The egg salad was her favorite. Then came the scone course. She chose strawberry and blackcurrant jam for us (though I told her it was grape since she does not know what a black currant is.)
She was dubious about the clotted cream, but once I told her it was like whipped cream, she tried it and forgot all about putting jam on her scone.
But let’s be honest. Nothing compared to the cakes. We had the choice between ordering a sampling of cakes and a sampling of chocolate cakes. You can guess what she chose.
She ate the entire chocolate macaron herself She loves fine chocolate desserts as much as her great-grandmother.
I’m glad I was so cheap on past visits to UK. Afternoon tea in London was indeed pricey, but experiencing it for the first time with the Vachette, now that’s priceless.