Istanbul

“If the earth was a single state, Istanbul would be its capital.” Napoleon Bonaparte   This is not quite a tea quote, but it is one that reminds us that Istanbul has always been a city of international trade and commerce.  What came as a surprise to me was that tea was a latecomer to Turkey,…

The Russian Love Affair With Tea

“I’m an afternoon tea type of girl. I come from a Russian background where we love our teas. So between lunch and dinner after training I come home and I love a nice cup of tea with jam in it, as we drink it there. Black English Breakfast with raspberry jam is my favourite.” Maria…

Catherine

“Tea to the English is really a picnic indoors.” Alice Walker Alice Walker, born February 9, 1944, is an American author, poet and activist best known for her critically acclaimed novel, “The Color Purple.” It is not unusual for Americans to consider tea an English drink. In fact, Great Britain had a great deal to…

The Legend of Tea

The Chinese have many legends on the mysterious origins of tea. It is said that the Emperor Shen Nung discovered the fragrant leaf in the third millennium B.C. Others say it was Buddha who introduced tea to China. Lao Tzu was offered tea when he traveled through Szechwan in the sixth century B.C.; Confucius is…

Tell the Story – Change the World!

“If I could tell the story in words, I wouldn’t need to lug around a camera.”  Lewis Hine For most of us, photography is a hobby that entertains and gives us a beautiful memory to share with friends and family. There are others who use photography to change their world. Lewis Hine (1874 – 1940), an…

Things will happen!

 “If you are out there shooting, things will happen for you. If you’re not out there, you’ll only hear about it.” Jay Maisel  If anyone knew how to make things happen it was Jay Maisel.  His photography career began in 1954 and gained  momentum simply because he was “out there.”  His remarkably diverse portfolio incorporates…