Tea (le thé en France)

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Tea is now becoming very much a tradition, custom and part of their culture in France as coffee, which in the past we have more usually associated France with. However it takes on a more refined role here, than we Brits practice nowadays.

Drinking vessels are refined in bone china, tea pots can be tremendously expensive Japanese works of art and ‘le thé’ is generally loose leaf and served sans lait (without milk). The builders version which is drunk by the bucketfuls here in UK would make the French gasp “quelle horror”!

The choice of herbal blends of teas (tisanes) are limitless and readily available from market stalls and salons de thé.

This image was taken whilst I was wandering the streets of Vannes after dark and in the typical classy French style a tea service was artistically displayed in a shop window.

“To be clear – French tea is not British tea!”

Dubai International

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Waiting for four hours at Dubai International is a most pleasant experience (not that my husband would agree!) shopping, window shopping and drool shopping with delightful eating/drinking places to boot.

I originally shot this with the purpose of a book cover … visually for me there was such a lot going on here and I longed to know more! However, post shot I realised there wasn’t going to be any chance of a book cover as I would have needed a signed model release because of the womans profile and I don’t think there would have been much chance of that.