About 17 years ago we went with four other Young Farmers on a tour to Great Britain and stayed with the families of the farmers that we had hosted in our homes. The men did mostly farmer stuff, but we did manage to visit some lovely shops in the places we visited.
The miniature cups and saucers were carried from Aberystwyth in Wales on the trains, small cars, taxis, the jet ride from Gatwick and home to my china cabinet. You'll recognize the Royal Albert Old Country Roses pattern even though the cups are only 1 1/2 inches tall and the saucers just under 3 inches across. The other tiny cup is behind the saucer holding it up. Now I wish I'd gotten MORE! I ♥ them!
My suitcases were full of small treasures and we made quite a sight lugging everything around Wales, Scotland, and London. These wee treasures were no bother at all! It was the large platter for my Blue Calico dishes that was more difficult to carry so it wouldn't get bumped and smashed. Of course, that was before all the regulations that are in place now for air travel.
The memory of staying in the old farm houses was an experience of a lifetime! Some homes were only 200 or 300 years old. And the china, OH MY! Each home had lovely old family pieces! I was ready to go again within the week of coming home. The next time I go, Sarah's coming and we're taking disposable clothes so there will be more room in the luggage for goodies!