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Our Trip To NYC

Hello friends, I have been away, so pardon my absence.
My husband and I set off to visit New York City to meet some of the Traveling Tote gals and their hubbys. After years of blogging with some of these talented bloggers, they felt it was time to meet in person.  Some of you who read my blog know I am one of the  Tales of the Traveling Tote gals.

On Saturday, we all met at the Russian Tea Room in New York.

Left to right - 
 Me -Linda Life and Linda Life and Linda
Debbie at Mountain Breaths
Emily @ The French Hutch

Linda G. from More Fun Less Laundry It was her birthday, so we all gave her cards.
The Russian Tea Room is so beautiful and ornate.
For over eighty years, New York's fabulous events have taken place here. To this day,  this very elite restaurant with exquisive modern Russian style hosts special events, fine dining, elegant high tea and the finest vodka selection.

After we had a fabulous brunch, we were invited to go upstairs and take in the fabulous 9 foot tall acrylic bear aquarium with fish.
It was the perfect opportunity to create a photo with our lovely totes.
Isn't this spectacular?  A 15 foot tall Egg Tree,  with 35  FabergĂ©-inspired Venetian glass eggs

I am sure we made quite a statement with our fabulous totes.
Here we are in front of The Russian Tea Room with our special Traveling totes.
Next, we visited the fantastic Mackenzie Childs store.   My very first visit.  They were told ahead of time, The Traveling Tote gals would be visiting.  They graciously allowed us to enjoy  their mezzanine with lovely cupcakes from Magnolia Bakery and brownies Patty brought from a NY bakery. Champagne, wine was provided, so this was  truly a  wonderful party.
All of us together on the mezzanine with a champagne toast.
I shall treasure these precious memories forever. 
Paul, my hubby with Joe,  Debbie's hubby at our dessert party.  Joe treated Paul to a wonderful New York deli. 

Jenna @The Painted Apron and Rita P  @WVPanoly are  also part of this group.  They could not make the trip this time, but we felt their spirit and they were greatly missed!

Sharing at some of these parties.
Until the next adventure!

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  1. Wow!! what an exciting moment.. Linda dear, I want to meet you.. you are such a sweet lady...

  2. Must have been such a lovely trip, and the photos are really nice. Warm greetings to you and best wishes.

  3. Oh boy! This was such an exciting trip, Linda! You all looked "FABULOUS" darling! The Russian Teahouse looks amazing! Thanks for sharing with us!

  4. It certainly was a fun weekend! It was a joy meeting you and Paul and I hope our paths cross again soon!

  5. Sounds like you all had a very fun and memorable time getting together in NY.

  6. Linda, what a fabulous weekend! Jim and I enjoyed meeting you and Paul along with everyone. I will always remember our special times spent in NYC. Hoping this is the first of more to come...........

  7. Wasn't that fun for all of you Traveling Tote girls to meet in NYC?! I know you had a fabulous time meeting everyone, Linda!

  8. A wonderful gathering of dear friends. I love it. I am in love with the tea room. So beautiful. Blessings to all, xoxo, Susie

  9. What a wonderful adventure!!! Great to see you all together!!

  10. What fun! It's so special when you get to spend time with other bloggers. I love NYC and know it had to be so exciting. Thanks for sharing your great adventure to the Big Apple! Blessings, Sherry @ Edie Marie's Attic

  11. How fun Linda! I enjoyed the pictures and the beauty of the Russian Tea Room. It must have been a lot of fun going to the MacKenzie Childs store there too. I’m sure you had a lot of eyes looking at all of you with the totes! I trust you bought some goodies there too!

  12. Hi Linda. Your trip sounds wonderful. Love the pictures of the Russian Tea Room. How fun! I came to your blog also to ask you for some help with my blog. Someone has installed an unwanted link right across my blog header and I can not remove it no matter what I try. I have messaged the blog owner several times, but no answer. I was wondering if you would have some time to help me with this. I tried to email you, but for some reason it didn't work. Thank you in advanced. My email is mariaelenahm@aol.com. xxx Maria

  13. You girls had so much fun! I have LOVED seeing all the cute photos of you and the totes! So sorry to have missed!! The places you went must have been amazing! Cupcakes and champagne in the MKC store, swoon, life doesn't get much better than that!

  14. We had such a fun weekend, and it was a pleasure meeting you and Paul! I will remember this weekend forever :-) Joe and I hope to get out West to see you and Paul again.

  15. What a fabulous trip this must have been, Linda! I loved seeing the photos of The Russian Tea room. I believe it must be among the most awe-inspiring and colorful restaurants in the world. Makes me want to go to NY, if only to visit the tea room!

  16. Fabulous, Linda! You & Paul looked right at home in NYC. What a great time, and I sure hope I can be with you all in an upcoming year!

  17. Fabulous post, Sweet Linda!!! I am so happy that I got a chance to meet you in person. You and your hubby are so darling! Have a great week.

  18. Hello Linda, oh wow it looks like you all had so much fun meeting up in NYC! I think that it's wonderful you all met each other. I love your bags. I have never been to that restaurant and it looks so beautiful. The bakery I have wanted to go for a long time but never got the chance to, but now I definitely will. Thanks for sharing your adventure.

  19. Linda, it was a fabulous weekend! I'm so happy that you and Paul made the trip. You win the prize for longest distance! It's fun to look back at our photos and relive the moment. What a treat to meet you and Paul and to get to visit over several different occasions. I felt we'd been forever friends from the first moment we met. I think Paul and the chef have a lot in common. Hope they get to meet some day. Happy Halloween!

  20. Linda, What fun you had. I love all the pictures and know it was special.
    What a welcome you received at McKensie Childs! You do great advertising for them!
    Nice that several of the husbands were able to attend, also. I loved seeing a picture of, Paul.

  21. What a fun trip and so nice to get to meet some blogger friends! I love all the photos of the totes lined up! Thanks for linking up to Take Me Away this month!


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