As you know, I just returned home from a two-week road trip around the Pacific Northwest. One of my stops was in Victoria, British Columbia, and while there I enjoyed not just one, but two lovely afternoon tea experiences. As this blog is titled Tea and Talk for Two, I thought it fitting to tell you about the first of them. And you can see I did a page spread in my Road Trip Journal about it.
To set the scene: earlier that day, I had come from Port Townsend, Washington where I'd been visiting friends for several days. I enjoyed the ferry ride across the Strait of Juan de Fuca (between Port Angeles, Washington and Victoria, BC) but I was too early to check into my hotel. So I parked my luggage and car there, and headed out to find food. I was hungry. I walked for a bit when it dawned on me that I was in Victoria and there were places to get afternoon tea! Asking in a few shops, I was directed to the Venus Sophia Tearoom which was a few blocks away.
There it was. It was quiet and not crowded at all, a pleasant and homey atmosphere, not intimidating or formal in the least.
At that point, I decided to do the whole three-tiered plate of tea goodies. And it was a struggle, I tell you -- I wanted to eat but I knew I needed to see them in order to draw them. So I had to get a good start on the sketch before I could taste anything!