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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Tuesday Cuppa Tea Happy Birthday Prince George Rocky Mountaineer Pt 2

Hell my friends and welcome to Tuesday Cuppa Tea. I am doing this in a bit of a frazzled condition. My dear husband has had problems with atrial fibrillation...a condition he has had for years but occasionally kicks up or has a "break through" as they call it... this week. I think probably because of all the World Cup Soccer excitement and also looking forward to a week with both kids, their spouses and 2 of our 3 adult grandsons, 23 & 18 coming up in a week. It's also our local Annual Lavender Festival weekend, but I'll cover that next week. So....



My teacup and saucer today was made just last year for the birth of Prince George, on July 22, 2013 to William and Kate, Duke and Duchess Of Cambridge...




This is a large, breakfast sized cup and saucer made by Roy Kirkham, England of bone china with the birth information on it...



Roy Kirkham grew out of the dissolution of the potteries in the 1960-1970s and after working at W. Adams in Stoke On Trent opened his own pottery in 1970. It now produces quality bone china with links back to the roots of the area's famous potteries.   Breakfast sized cups are quite popular at the moment. A nice big cuppa....

And the reason for the cup and saucer...the birthday boy! The photos below are from the Duchess Of Cambridge's website....





And this week little George took his first walkies by himself...Happy birthday!



I said on my last post HERE that I would do another part of our trip on the Rocky Mountaineer train round trip Vancouver, BC Canada to Kamloops, Jasper, Banff and Lake Louise.  The last post covered the train itself, here is some of the journey.  We did have afternoon tea every afternoon, but I almost always forgot to take photos!  Some of these were taken from the dome car as we were traveling and are not the best, but...the Rockies were spectacular!





There is some back reflection from the glass...but...




Underneath the dome car was the restaurant car for the Gold Leaf class that we traveled.  It included breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea in the dining room, and dinner at your leisure in the towns we stopped at and spent the night...

The first night we spent at Kamloops, but unfortunately we were late getting in and most of the town businesses were closed. Because the train uses the VIA Rail lines, the goods trains have right of way and we lost about 2 hours on sidings while they trundled past...a postcard of Kamloops...



More of the Rockies...






We next stopped at the town of Banff...


And stayed at the gorgeous Fox Hotel which is luxury log lodge and was really incredible. This is their hot springs pool, but we didn't go in...



Not far away is the famous Banff Springs Fairmont which is so beautiful! We drove up to it....


We then had a day by bus to Lake Louise .....



This is the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise Hotel where we stopped for tea...








The lake is colored like this with glacier silt from the nearby Columbia Ice Fields, our next stop...




We were taken on a ride up into the Ice Field to the Athabascan Glacier for a wander around the glacier with a naturalist. This is my honey...notice his ever present Birkenstocks...even on a glacier...He is 6'3" and loves tires, so had me take this photo....


And here we are back at the Columbia Icefield Interpretive Center...very interesting place!




The area used to be at the edge of the glacier, but it has retreated 2-3 miles in 10 years...Then back on the coach with a stop at one of my favorite places on the trip...Peyto Lake which is a bright turquoise blue because of the mineral content the water flows through to fill the lake. It was gorgeous!!!





We stopped for the night in Jasper...



Which was quite a nice wander-around place.




Then a quick coach back to Banff and the train, taking most of the day, then the train to Vancouver with a night in Kamloops again...






So there you go! It was great fun, and wonderful scenery, but we didn't like the early mornings! Lol!  Lavender Festival next week!

All of the photos are ones I took...I didn't get them all marked with Antiques And Teacups...


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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Tuesday Cuppa Tea Canadian Provincial Flowers Teacup Remembering Rocky Mountaineer Train Journey Pt 1

Hello and welcome to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!  Summer has finally arrived in the Pacific Northwest...high 70s and low 80s al week. Not warm to some of you, but it is for us! I love around 80 and melt at higher temps, so this is lovely!




My teacup has a Canadian theme this week, because as I was going though some old photos I realized this week is the anniversary of a trip we took a few years ago to celebrate...a bit later than the June 29th date...a landmark birthday for my husband. We traveled from Vancouver to Banff & Lake Louise and back on the Rocky Mountain Railway. But more about that later in the post....



My teacup and saucer is by Royal Albert, England in a design called Our Emblems Dear and features the provincial flowers of Canada...




The design is so pretty with pink ribbons threading through the flowers. The cup and saucer was made in the 1970s and I picked it up in Vancouver as a souvenir.   So very pretty! The gold trim is a great accent! Red Rose tea anyone???



We stayed a few days in Vancouver, BC with friends...a favorite city. This is the main part of the city from False Creek...



And this, of course, is Canada Place cruise ship terminal. And although we have done cruises from here, that's not why we were in the city this time.  



Early in the morning, we arrived at the Vancouver VIA Rail terminal to board the Rocky Mountaineer train for an 8 day trip...this post focuses on the train itself, and part 2 will be some of the places we visited.



This is the map of where we were going...from their website...



We boarded the train and were served breakfast...having to be on at 7am the first morning...



Some of the folks were dressed up, be we were as usual in jeans & fleece...


We were in Gold Class which was a splurge, but included the dome car and meals in the dining room, so it was lovely!



We were given little gold maple leaf pins.   We only traveled during the day because the Canadian scenery was fabulous, and stayed overnight in hotels. Our only criticism not being early risers, was that you had to be back onboard each morning at 6:30 to 7am in the morning, which is too early for us. We got a wonderful breakfast, but it was a struggle.



And we even saw some of the native moose population from the train...



So that is the beginning of our Rocky Mountaineer train adventure. Thanks for your visit!   

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