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!