Friday, March 7, 2008

Tea at The Ritz Palm Court

There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea. ~Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady

The first cup moistens my lips and throat. The second cup breaks my loneliness. The third cup searches my barren entrail but to find therein some thousand volumes of odd ideographs. The fourth cup raises a slight perspiration - all the wrongs of life pass out through my pores. At the fifth cup I am purified. The sixth cup calls me to the realms of the immortals. The seventh cup - ah, but I could take no more! I only feel the breath of the cool wind that raises in my sleeves. Where is Elysium? Let me ride on this sweet breeze and waft away thither. ~Lu Tung, "Tea-Drinking"

10 comments:

Gillian @ Indigo Blue said...

Yes please!
I like that second quote. Very nice.
Re; your comment;
Hindsight is 20/20, I now know they were harmless. You are so right. Traveling with children always puts you on guard though.
Enjoy your day!
xo

girl of 1000 blogs said...

pass the coffee, but the photo is divine...

Barbara said...

Yahooie - I found you!

Bonnie'n'Clyde said...

I love that ode to tea-drinking.
My bff in NYC and I used to go for tea and stawberries at the Plaza all the time when I lived there. It's a wonderful ritual.

Yoli said...

I used to go to the Palm Court at the Plaza everytime I went to NYC. When they sold the hotel to that developer I was crushed. Suppossedly it is going to open soon and they left the Palm Court intact.

Bonnie'n'Clyde said...

I know! Mike told me yesterday that the Plaza was being re-opened, and Eloise will have her home back!! All is right with the world again.
(I was so depressed when they closed it.)

Bonnie'n'Clyde said...

ps - I see you're reading Travels with Herodotus...most excellent!
Next up on my roster is
Shadow of the Silk Road by Colin Thurbon. It looks really good!

madelyn said...

oh i love my tea:)

great photo:)

FishermansDaughter said...

"although my neighbors are all barbarians and you, you are thousands of miles away, there are always two cups on my table." Chinese proverb Tang Dynasty

Beautiful photo - I've never had the high tea experience but have had the good fortune to be taught by an authentic cockney as well as a Japanese CEO the finer points of brewing the "perfect" (according to their cultures) cup of tea.

Bhavna said...

Ah! The virtues of drinking tea :-)