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The Harney Holiday Desteanations celebration has come to an end, but feel free to “travel” around the world and check out the holiday content.
Kon’nichiwa! Welcome to our first desteanation, Tokyo! We’ve got lots for you to explore, so good thing this is virtual -- no jet lag!
While we don’t pretend to be total Tokyo experts, we have put together some pretty great info about Tokyo: a blog with some fun holiday tradition facts, lists of traditional Japanese teas and recipes (and a link to Mike Harney’s blog on Japanese teas as well as a link to our Japanese tea ceremony blog).Explore Tokyo
Sawasdee, and welcome to our second Desteanation, Bangkok! This exceptionally busy city is bustling with life and, believe it or not, brings a whole new meaning to “deck the halls” during the holidays!
Curious about Bangkok? Satisfy that curiosity when you read about this fascinating city and discover why it’s one of the most popular tourist spots in the world -- especially during the holidays, where you can either immerse yourself in their spectacular decorations or escape to the beautiful beaches.Explore Bangkok
Bonjour! We’ve made it to Paris, our third Desteanation. There may not be a better time to visit Paris than during the holidays, when the City of Lights outdoes itself in the shine category. From the Eiffel Tower to the Champs-Élysées, prepare to be dazzled!
It’s hard to know where to start when talking about Paris, one of the most storied cities in the world. We’ve put on our best tourism hat, or beret, to take you on a whirlwind tour of Paris during the holidays, sharing some of their holiday traditions, must-see holiday happenings, where to have tea, signature recipes and more. Harney & Sons has a special fondness in its heart for Paris, due to one particular and very important romance that happened there! Ahh, l’amour!Explore Paris
Cheerio, we’ve arrived in our fourth Desteanation, merry ol’ London! The holidays may well be the merriest time of year to spend time in England’s capital where you can experience the spirits of Christmases past, present and future!
There’s a reason that London and the British are synonymous with tea -- it’s practically their national drink. While we’re here learning about the spectacular sights and experiences that Londoners create for the holidays, we’ll also highlight some of the most wonderful places in the world to enjoy a proper afternoon tea (including where you can find Harney & Sons teas).Explore London
Top o’ the mornin’ to ya from beautiful Dublin! Our fifth Desteanation is home to yet another incredible celebration of the holidays, Irish style! From old-world cobbled street charm to amazing urban experiences, we’ve got a lot to explore.
If you’ve always wondered if there are as many pubs in Dublin as you’ve heard – well, you’ve heard right! During the holidays, the normal Irish pub merriment turns up to 11 with festive decorations and traditions like the 12 Pubs of Christmas challenge! And yet, the Irish love their tea so much that it actually is the #1 drink of the land. We’ll drink to that!Explore Dublin
Congratulations, we’ve arrived at our final Desteanation on this six-week tour of some of the world’s finest cities…and we may have saved the best for last! New York City has it all, including the one and only Harney & Sons SoHo store.
Ok, those aren’t really the lyrics, but they’re appropriate for the experience you’re about to have in our virtual NYC holiday experience. Think movies like Elf, Miracle on 34th Street, Home Alone 2 (without the bad guys), When Harry Meet Sally, New Year’s Eve – there are iconic New York scenes in those of Central Park, the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, fun and festive department store windows, over-the-top toy stores, ice skating, the Times Square NYE ball drop and more. So many wonderful, classic things to see and do in New York during the holidays. Let’s go!Explore New York City
This giant global metropolis is home to over 14 million people. Truly steeped in tradition -- no tea pun intended for once -- Tokyo offers something for everyone. Endless culture, museums, temples, gardens, entertainment, shopping, world-class dining and more, plus some of the most stunning architecture and vistas in the world.
Did you know that there’s a Statue of Liberty replica just outside of Tokyo featuring glorious views of Tokyo Bay in the background? There are all kinds of surprises waiting to be discovered in this fascinating city. Let’s get started!
Let’s explore the fascinating world of Tokyo! Get great facts and recipes.
While we call it Bangkok, the Thai people refer to their capital as Krung Thep. Whatever name it goes by, Bangkok -- much like Tokyo -- is a very modern city with a lot of history and tradition. With Buddhism as the main religion, the city is filled with “wats” or temples that are a must-see.
Bangkok not only offers what other major cities do -- world-class shopping, cuisine, architecture, art, etc. -- but it is also a wonderful beach destination for a tropical getaway. If you like to get a tan during the holidays, Bangkok might become your new favorite beach vakay!
There’s so much to learn about Bangkok, including their surprising love of all things Christmas! Discover interesting facts and enjoy some uniquely Thai recipes.
Is there a more romanticized city in the world than Paris? Celebrated in literature, art, movies and known for food, wine, fashion and more, the City of Lights shines even brighter during the holidays. Imagine the entire Champs-Élysées festooned in Christmas lights, and you’re just warming up.
If ever there was a need for a scratch, sniff ‘n taste web page, Paris would be it. From the warm croissants at cafès and bakeries to the incredible wines, cheeses and sweets, if we could truly bring the smells and tastes of Paris to your computer screen, we’d be the most popular site on the internet. Instead, we’ll introduce you virtually to the wonders you can expect when you visit Paris, especially during the holidays.
Christmas in Paris? What a wonderful idea! Enjoy learning about how one of the most beautiful cities in the world lights up during the holidays, and enjoy some delicious French recipes.
Oh, iconic London! So well-known and beloved in literature, movies, tv shows (Downton Abbey, anyone?) and more. Home to the royal family, palaces, polo matches, cricket and football (which is soccer), world-class museums and gardens and inspiration for so many artists. Plus, those British accents! Don’t we all secretly wish we had one?
This global metropolis is a major finance center and one of the biggest tourist attractions in the world, which would explain why they have more 5-star hotels than any other city in the world. Also, London is perhaps the only city in the world where the residents have nicknamed a skyscraper “The Gherkin” due to its resemblance to a pickled cucumber. That British humor!
Celebrating Christmas in London would feel very much like celebrating Christmas at home for most Americans...with a few very British differences. Discover London during the holidays.
When you think of Dublin, do happy thoughts come into your head? They should! The capital of Ireland is a welcoming city full of spirit and history. Or should we say spirits and history? We’ll say both. And while they are famous for loving their Guinness and whiskey, during the daylight hours they’re drinking tea, and lots of it!
From those pubs you’ve dreamed of hoisting a pint in to ancient castles to beautiful scenery, arts, parks, cobbled streets and modern architecture, Dublin is a bit like visiting the set of a favorite movie. It’s easy to understand why it’s one of the world’s favorite tourist destinations.
You should only plan to spend the holidays in Dublin if you’re planning on having the time of your life! See how the Irish put their special spin on the holidays.
What’s there to do in New York City? EVERYTHING! We wrap up in The City That Never Sleeps as it’s in the midst of the city’s over-the-top, iconic holiday decorations, from the famed department store windows to the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree that reunited Kevin with his mother, again, in Home Alone 2.
No matter how you decide to spend your time in New York, you will find a plethora of choices for afternoon tea, from the over-the-top, nearly $100/person fancy-pants teas to something more relaxed and affordable -- tea at our SoHo store! Welcome to our home state and the city that has our hearts.
New York City doesn’t do anything half-heartedly, so you can be sure that Christmas in New York is as special and big as the city itself.
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