Illy in Wonderland

 

And finally… here we are.

After a never-ending waiting list – we have been waiting a couple of months to get in! – we are here with a skyrocketing enthusiasm.

My ex colleagues Jessica and Francesca and I decided to give ourselves a treat, the Mad Hatter afternoon tea at the Sanderson Hotel .

Are you ready to follow me and the White Rabbit?

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A very special Afternoon Tea… at The Ritz!!!

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Whilst my heals were being absorbed by the hall soft carpet, I felt like the star of a movie.
All around and above me stood gleaming mirrors, enormous flower vases and huge chandeliers hanged from the high ceilings.
A bygone era atmosphere.

A couple of scenes of Notting Hill, the famous movie with Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant, took place here but The Ritz Hotel, inaugurated in 1904, is scented with glorious past.
You can feel it as soon as you arrive, and you find yourself backward, surrounded by rich women sipping a cup of tea, or international high society individuals such as Churchill, Eisenhower and De Gaulle – English, American and French Prime Ministers during the II World Word – who used to have meetings right inside these history saturated rooms.

Quintessentially British.

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My first Baby Shower ever

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This is the story of two no-yet-mum single ladies who were able to organise a perfect Baby Shower.
Liz – my partner in crime – and I didn’t miss anything: from the two months preparation time to the perfect location hunt and the arduous date decision in the attempt of conciliating all the “moving abroad” of our friends group. We did our best to get a perfect surprise as we wanted to wow the celebrated one who didn’t have a clue on what we were up to.
To whom doesn’t know what a Baby Shower is, it’s a very popular party in the USA more and more common in the UK and in some European countries  – which is organised to celebrate a future birth. Ladies usually catch up for chats and presents for the mummy to be
This was my first Baby Shower ever and, as we are speaking of one of my best friend, in the end I found myself to be one of the organiser.

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Cup of tea, anyone?

One of the English custom I like the most it’s the Afternoon Tea. It seems to have been invented by Anna the 7th Duchess of Bedford who is said to have complained of having “annoying tummy rumbling” in the afternoon… So she came up with the idea of keeping her hunger at bay having privately in her boudoir a light snack before dinner: while sipping tea she was nibbling mini pastries, scrummy pieces of cakes and finger sandwiches.
A genius.

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