Certainly the greatest asset a man, woman, or child can have is charm. And charm cannot exist without proper etiquette. “The conduct or procedure required by good breeding, to be observed in social or official life…” well that is what Webster has to say about the word etiquette.
Some may think the above is true for only the distant past. Go to an authentic English tea and find out what it is all about–Tea With Me at Audrey’s, 104 10th Street N. Naples, Florida, 34102 239-403-8322, Tuesday-Saturday 11 AM-3:30 PM. To view menu items go to www.audreys-attic.com/audreys_005.htm
“Tea With Me at Audrey’s is not a fast food place,” says owner Sonja Tilley, originally from England. “Everything is made to order, and you won’t be rushed from your table.” She knows a thing or two about a proper tea!
Sonja relates, “Tea is a relaxing experience, not to be rushed. It goes back to Victorian times in England.”
Before or after tea, be sure to shop at Audrey’s Attic, one of Naples’ finest consignment shops adjacent to the tea shop. One can have a perfect afternoon of tea and shopping in one convenient location.
A question: is etiquette passé? NO it is not. Take that man walking past you on the public sidewalk and spitting as if you weren’t there. How about the teenager cussing at the top of her lungs. These kinds of actions can be more than embarrassing; they are down right rude and sometimes, in some areas, even against the law! Sadly, we can find bad manners everywhere these days.
“Too many of us are apt to mistake a rich man for a gentleman.”-Emily Post.
This is what Miss Manners might say: I do not spit, cuss and chew and I am not seen with those who do.
For those who really want to enjoy etiquette as it was meant to be, enjoy a true English tea, at Tea With Me at Audrey’s, 104 10th Street N. Naples, Florida 34102. 239-403-8322. See you there, and remember-wear your hat and gloves!