Thursday, July 25, 2013

Afternoon tea at the Taj Falaknuma Palace in Hyderabad, India



Read about one of the most beautiful palaces in the world, 
in the June-July 2013 issue of Travelife Magazine. 
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So there we were recently in the Taj Falaknuma Palace, one of the most beautiful palace hotels in the world, in incredible India, living a Travelife.

And we'd decided to have afternoon tea after a morning of sightseeing.

I told my friend: "Oh let's do that. It'll be nice to have one with all the works."

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UNDERSTATED LUXURY

We were staying in one of the most understated but luxurious palace hotels in the world, and of course we had to have afternoon tea with champagne and everything possible.

Scones, finger sandwiches, Indian savoury delicacies, tiny cakes and all.


I looked at the little booklet of hotel services that I'd stuck into my bag before leaving the hotel for sightseeing earlier that day.

It said that afternoon tea could be ordered and served in the Jade Room of the palace.



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Read more about this amazing hotel
and our trip to India
in the June-July 2013 issue of Travelife Magazine

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A ROOM FOR THE JADED

Not one to miss a beat, my friend said, somehow alluding to himself: "That should be called the Jaded Room."

He'd said it, not me.

And that's how I started referring to him as "Mr. Jaded."



And, yes, it's a completely appropriate re-naming of a perfectly beautiful room in his honor.

THE BEAUTIFUL JADE ROOM


The Jade Room of the palace is simply beautiful.

It's my favorite room, in fact.

But if he was having afternoon tea in it, it should certainly be temporarily renamed "the Jaded Room."




TWO OF A KIND

Mr. Jaded came along on this trip to photograph India.

He's not a professional photographer, but a pretty big businessman who happens to be passionate about photography.

With his two bazooka cameras and a couple of smaller ones, he takes the most wonderful photos.



But there are really few people more jaded than him in this world, as he himself likes to admit.

Ironically, the only other super jaded person I know in this entire universe -- it's a pretty even competition -- lives in the same neighborhood as him. It's not too far from my neck of the woods.



TROUBLE WITH THE ZIP CODE

So I often like to tease him: "What's wrong with your zip code? Why is everyone so jaded? It must be something in the water..."

I'm just kidding, of course.


Unfortunately for him, the palace decided to serve our afternoon tea on the terrace instead of in the Jaded Room, as the weather was fine and there was a beautiful view outside to accompany our tea.


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So we never did get to have our afternoon tea in the Jaded Room.

However it was wonderful just the same, on the terrace, watching the sun set on another day in my never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.



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