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Ninavampi said

Travelling to Europe...

So… I just found out that I am going to be going on vacation to Europe next week! Since I am being invited, I don’t get to chose my stops… But I want to take advantage of the trip to try some new tea shops and new teas! Any suggestions?

I will flying into Barcelona and then stopping in Vienna, Mayorca, and Rome.

I am super excited! My only worry is that my little Sencha (French Bulldog) will have to stay in Ecuador for the 15 days I am gone…

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Your poor pup will miss you, but holy cow Europe! I don’t want to sound blasphemous but there is so much other food and drink to experience there and tea isn’t so much part of their culture where you are going. Just have gelato, olives, wine, bread, oranges, etc. everyday and relax! Mediterranean summers are like a dream.

I hope you have tons of fun! Did I mention the gelato? So jealous. I studied abroad in Italy for 3 weeks and ate gelato daily. Sometimes twice a day! Good thing there was a lot of walking!

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Bonnie said

Rome may be a problem except by the Spanish Steps! There are a couple of English Tea houses there due to famous writers who lived in the area! Anywhere else….coffee and gelato!
I popped in a market close to the Vatican every day and bought Cheese, deli meat, fruit, bread, wine and water. Only ate lunch out (hotel had a huge breakfast included and frig in room!) . You have to have great walking shoes! Cobbled streets and you WILL WALK A LOT!
In Italy have a long scarf with you. You can’t go in the Vatican or religious sites in shorts or tank tops or sleeveless. Cover with a scarf.

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Missy said

yay for your vacation! That sounds so exciting. I hope you enjoy your trip.
I’m sure your little furry buddy will miss you but be totally happy when you get home at least. Perhaps you can have some one housesit as well and Sencha can stay with some one for company. If you can get some one Sencha likes particularly well it might be easier on both of you. When I had a dog it worked out great to have my mom dog sit since he really loved her. He got a little mopey but he really loved my mother so he was pretty good.

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Roland said

Barcelona has two nice tea sellers near each other in the centre – Sans & Sans http://www.sansisans-finetea.com/ and the tea shop of east west company http://www.teashop.es/.

They’re both next to the church of Santa Maria Del Mar. Also, the owner of Sans & Sans also owns Cafe El Magnifico http://www.cafeselmagnifico.com/ which is directly across the street from it – great for a hot (or cold :) ) coffee.

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Ninavampi said

Ooohhh… I look forward to all of the delicious food!! And I will make sure that I have a scarf Bonnie!

Thanlks everyone for you suggestions!

I have already talked to my vet so that Sencha can stay at his house while I am gone. Sencha loves him for some reason…

I am looking forward to having a great time in Europe!

Missy said

Yay! Sencha has a great person to stay with. That’s pretty awesome. Less worry for you if the doctor for your beloved pet is the one that actually watches Sencha.

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wow lucky girl!! have fun! wish I had some relevant advice to give lol

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Fjellrev said

I was in Vienna earlier this year but unfortunately didn’t have the time to seek out any tea shops. I was more interested in the coffee, actually! But while I was at the airport, they had some Demmers Teehaus teas for sale. Almost bought them but wasn’t sure about the quality. Kind of regret it though. They also have seven locations in Vienna so I’m sure you wouldn’t have a problem running into one. Here is a link to their site: http://www.tee.at/

I definitely recommend Cafe Mozart for tea, coffee, and dessert. I never tried the tea there but they have a decent selection.

http://www.cafe-mozart.at/en/the-cafe/

It’s just off the main shopping strip and near the State Opera, and west of Stadt Park (all of which I also recommend) so I doubt it would be out of your way to check it out!

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Ninavampi said

I’m in Vienna! And I have had delicious pastries, food and coffee. Seen beautiful museums and enjoyed runs (thank goodness… If not I would be 10lbs heavier…) in this beautiful city.

Also… I found a neat tea shop!!! They have a decent variety and I can’t wait to go back and splurge! Tea in my first stop in Europe! Yay!!!! : )

Scharp said

Vienna is known for its tea culture, and great tea houses. I hope you find some really great teas!

Azzrian said

ENJOY!!!! So much fun! Love it and happy for you!

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Bonnie said

Oh envy! So glad you’re having such a grand time! Isn’t it fantastic!
I want to be in love and return!
Bonnie

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