Christmas in New York
Saks Fifth Avenue
I would like for you to meet the two newest members of the Traveling Totes. From Sketchy Reader, Ricki Jill and from Cici's Corner, Lea. A huge welcome to both.
I've had lunch with this sweet blogger a few times while visiting Fairhope. I came out to see Leslie Anne Tarabella while she was at Barnes and Noble at the Summit for a book signing. Congratulations Leslie Anne.
The Majorettes are back in town.
Tales of the Traveling Tote
Welcome to another adventure of The Tales of the Traveling Tote. If you follow my blog you will remember last October, my Traveling Tote adventure to New York to meet with some of the Traveling Tote members. It was a wonderful trip. With my birthday coming up in December my sweet husband ask me what I might want for my birthday. It took only an instant to reply "Christmas in New York City!" It was truly a "Christmas fantasy." Of course a little snow would be icing on the cake for this southern girl. The first morning, walking into our hotel restaurant which has a wall of picture windows overlooking Central Park, I could hardly believe my eyes. The park was covered with a beautiful blanket of snow! Here are some of the sites Jim and I visited on our trip.
Our hotel ~ The Park Lane
New York City Public Library
Recognized by it's lion statues, Patience and Fortitude
Was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1965
and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, 1966
Adjacent to the library is Bryant Park. Winter here is a Midtown wonderland with it's shops, restaurants and ice rink surrounded by skyscrapers. It reminds me of European Christmas markets.
The ice rink and the iconic Christmas tree, a must see!
After a long cold day of seeing the sights we had reservations at Bar 65 at the Rainbow Room. We did this back in October and it was a definite repeat performance not to be missed.
Greeted by Victorian carolers
Our next day included a trip to the Mackenzie-Childs shop. It was only two blocks away!
Lots and lots of window shopping. The holiday windows at Christmas are simply, "spectacular!" Sorry, my photos can't capture the fun and creativity.
Tiffany & Co.
Tiffany & Co.
More Holiday windows
And, in one of those shops I met Jay Strongwater.
I was delighted to meet the man behind some of my most treasured pieces and picture frames.
Saks Fifth Avenue holiday window displays were magical! A light show with music and a Disney cast of Snow White for "Once Upon a Holiday."
And, look who I ran into!
After a lot of window shopping in the freezing weather we were ready to warm up and The Radio City Music Spectacular was just the place. It was cold with a few snow flurries when we went inside.
After the show we were not expecting snow accumulation. With the crowd, there was no taxi or Uber service to be found. The sidewalks were completely iced over. Jim found the only transportation available. A Pedicab! Not transportation you want on a night like this. Hmmm, and they say southerners can't drive in the ice and snow! It was chaos!!! Slipping and sliding all over the road and into the sidewalks is not something I'll forget anytime soon.
Thank goodness the snow was almost over by the time we were delivered safely (amazingly) to our hotel. We had dinner plans with sweet Linda of More Fun Less Laundry and her husband. They were fantastic and walked over later and we enjoyed a cozy dinner at an Italian restaurant nearby.
The next day we went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Christmas tree was a twenty foot blue spruce decorated with angels in silk robes looming over an 18th century Neapolitan Nativity scene. It was magnificent!
Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Creche
The Portrait Collection
The afternoon was for walking. Just around the corner from our hotel was the Plaza. I just had to pop in. The Christmas tree was so pretty.
If it's a little early for lunch or tea at The Palm Court, walk down the steps to the Plaza Hotel food court. Sprawling with gourmet food vendors, antique and gift shops. One special shop I found was "Eloise at the Plaza." Tiny tea sets and gifts and this room. It is used for birthday and tea parties and every little girls dreams. And, did you notice the black and white floor. Looks a little like Courtly Check.
Christmas is a special time to visit New York. I hope you enjoyed the tour. Miss Courtney and I would love to know about your visit and we hope you will leave a comment, it's the only way we know you were here!
Now for the Giveaway!
Jenna at The Painted Apron is hosting the giveaway for a chance to win a MacKenzie-Childs soap dish and Beekman 1802 goatmilk soap. For a chance to win just leave a comment on her blog post. Winner will be announced March 10.
Other Traveling Tote bloggers would love for you to visit.
Come along and travel with:
Debbie with Miss Aurora @ Mountain Breaths
Jenna with Miss Coquille @The Painted Apron
Linda G with Miss Poppy @ More Fun Less Laundry
Linda P with Miss Lola @ Life and Linda
Rita with Miss Luna C @ Panoply
Sarah with Miss Merri Mac @ Hyacinths for the Soul
Jackie and Miss Madi K @ Purple Chocolat Home
Ricki Jill and Countess De Monet @ The Sketchy Reader
Lea and Miss Scarlett @ Cici's Corner
Please join us for our next adventure and giveaway June 1, 2018.
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