The Tea Room in Siena, Italy - Okizia Beyond: The Tea Room is a 15th century tavern decorated with an old soul in mind serving up a range of herbal teas and cakes.

I can’t decide which I like better: The unassuming steps that lead to the tea room The classic vintage style The ambiance and the feelings it invokes The display of cakes The exquisite taste of the teas Or the teapots that the teas are served in The fact that I can’t decide which attracts me […]

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Creole Language, Jounen Kweyol Celebrations in St. Lucia - Okizia Beyond: Jounen Kweyol is a big part of Caribbean culture - a time for us to celebrate our French ancestors and the heritage they left with us. The most important aspect of that French heritage is our local dialect, Creole, connecting us to cultures beyond our waters.

No festival represents St. Lucian roots, culture & tradition as much as Jounen Kwéyòl does, especially now in its 32nd year. It’s our most favored festival that reminds us of our French heritage despite us being officially Independent from England in 1979. French Roots Backstory: The French were the island’s first European settlers claiming it […]

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