Twining’s & Once

Twining’s is my favorite brand of British tea, and Elea’s as well. Elea discovered  Twining’s has a tea shop on the Strand in London, and was determined to go. I didn’t know what to expect, but I figured, why not, and so we set off toward the Strand in a most meandering fashion. Along the way we encountered the renowned Drury Lane of Muffin Man fame.

31-IMG_9467The Twining’s shop is a typical Georgian storefront, narrow and deep. I loved imagining stores like that lining the streets of colonial America.

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The inside was lined with shelves of tea and a few pots to taste-test.

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We scuttled back to London’s West End, just in time for a musical at the Phoenix Theatre.

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We had been enduring days and days of these advertisements every time we traveled on the Underground, and finally we decided to at least check on the price for the show.

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Arthur Darvill and Zrinka Cvitešić

At the ticket office the day of the show, I bluntly asked for the cheapest tickets they had. To our elated surprise, the tickets were within our budgets… and two rows back from the stage.

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We were thrilled just to attend any West End performance, but Once turned out to be the perfect show for us. It started out with the cast giving a mini concert on stage, and at intermission the bar on stage opened up for the audience. The musical was even better than the movie, and Elea and I waled out the doors at the end with stars in our eyes and music in our ears.

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Going to Once taught me that travel is about the little things

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