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The Traveling Teacup

When Tessa the Traveling Teacup from Mantel and Table arrived at my house I was delighted to be able to show her off in my corner of the world! If you aren’t familiar with the Traveling Teacup, you can begin the story at The Exciting Beginnings of the Traveling Teacup.

Tessa has been traveling the world with throughout North America and even Europe. My little corner of the world is Celebration, the Disney developed community that sits just south of Walt Disney World. World Showcase at EPCOT is the perfect spot for me to show Tessa a little more of the “world”!

EPCOT Festival of the Arts is going on right now with all kinds of special food and beverage offerings. It was a warm afternoon, so I enjoyed an Orange Cream Shake, not in a Souvenir Orange Bird Sipper Cup, but in Tessa!

After a refreshing orange beverage, Tessa got to visit the lovely Victoria Gardens in the Canada Pavilion. This spot is one of my favorites in all of EPCOT.

Here in the United Kingdom’s pavillion, Tessa and I found ourselves in Britannia Square. I perched Tessa on the base of a large stone sundial. This was the perfect spot to capture the pretty thatched roof of The Tea Caddy. The Tea Caddy is the traditional tea shop, the perfect spot for the traveling teacup to visit.

It would not have been appropriate to skip a visit to China, the birthplace of tea! According to legend, in 2737 BC, the Chinese emperor Shen Nung was sitting beneath a tree while his servant boiled drinking water, when some leaves from the tree blew into the water. Shen Nung, a renowned herbalist, decided to try the infusion that his servant had accidentally created.

Tea time is a common tradition in Morocco, too, and Tessa took a moment to hang out with Aladdin’s magical lamp! Can you see how tiny she is sitting by this beautiful fountain? The most typical tea served in Morocco is green tea.

Ritual tea drinking began in China, but in Japan the ritual represents purity, tranquillity, respect and harmony and a lot of preparation goes into this important event. A stop at the Japan pavilion had to be added to my stroll around World Showcase.

I couldn’t stop in the Italy pavilion without stopping for a photo there, either.

I raised the cup of tea to Germany!

I finished the stroll with a stop in the wine shop in France. Somehow I realized when I got home, that I neglected to capture photos in Mexico and Norway, but I think it was a full day.

It was the kind of full day that needed to end with what else…a cup of tea on the front porch. Now Tessa will be on her way to another adventure!

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  1. Chloe, you and Tessa Rose had a lovely day together with perfect tea spots in Epcot. This is such a fun series that Barbara has going. I enjoyed seeing the pretty teacup in international stop overs that you chose. Wishing you a beautiful day!

  2. What a fabulous place to take our little teacup! I so want to go to EPCOT now and follow in Tessa Rose’s footsteps!

    You’re a wonderful host Chloe – thank you so much for showing her such a great time, and entertaining us so well!

  3. Michele M. says:

    What a wonderful visit our Tessa Rose experienced with you at the beautiful Epcot Center, Chloe!

    Now I do hope to one day see it for myself, too! ♥

    1. It was a wonderful trip with Tessa Rose. I am fortunate to have EPCOT practically in my backyard!

  4. Chloe, wow! What a wonderful and exciting adventure TR had with you. Such gorgeous places and photos. I’m with Barbara and putting EPCOT on my bucket list!

  5. Very fun Chloe! You truly traveled the world with Tessa Rose, such a beautiful tea cup too. Cheers to more travels!

  6. Wonderful! Totally enjoyed Tessa’s adventures at Epcot. I haven’t been there forever. In fact, we went to Epcot the first year it opened back in the 1980’s. Can’t wait to see where Tessa ends up next. Have a great day!

  7. Rebecca Crabtree says:

    What a wonderful story. So glad you got to take this adventure with Tessa.

  8. I love the traveling tea cup, and what an adventure it had with you! Loved reading about it and it’s like the cup went around the world in one day at Epcot 😉

  9. What a wonderful fun day for you and Tessa. It was fun for me to see a place I have never been also.

    1. It was a wonderful day, even more wonderful when I got home, put my feet up and had a delightful cup of tea.

  10. Joneta Burke says:

    Your journey reminds me of when my granddaughter asked me to take “Flat Stanley” with me for a week, and we had to take pictures of where we went.

    1. Thanks so much Joneta, I remember those with the kids! OF course I was a nervous wreck that I would drop and break the teacup!

  11. Thank you so much, I really enjoyed this story

  12. How fun! Thanks to bring the sunshine of Disney to me today!

  13. It’s been years since I have been to Epcot and we were traveling with children. I would enjoy another visit very much.
    I loved seeing the places you visited and Tessa Rose looks beautiful in each spot.

    1. Oh, Bonnie, strolling around EPCOT with my husband is one of favorite things to do!

  14. Chloe, I think you just made a lovely ad for Epcot. What a boost to tourism.
    If only TR could talk !

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