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Tales of The Traveling Tote #33

Wow, it's Christmas time once again. It’s time for the Tales of the Traveling Tote.  I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving. Paul and I are usually home bodies. We have been busy with projects. In October we did fly into Seattle for a wedding. We stayed at a lovely boutique hotel called Hotel Ballard.

It is located in the Maritime neighborhood known for buzzing eateries & bars, plus waterfront parks like Ballard Locks.

The beds at Hotel Ballard are beautiful with high padded headboards.

Paul took this photo of me in the elevator.  The wallpaper was lovely.  It felt and looked like velvet.

This was taken in the lobby of Hotel Ballard. Paul is ready for the wedding.
Ballard has lots of restaurants. We tried different places for breakfast and lunch.

Miss Lola made the rounds at  the Farmer's market, shoreline, Chulily and the hotel.
Katrine and Matt.  A small wedding for family and friends.  Matt is Paul's nephew.

The couple rented a Airbnb so the family and friends could gather for Friday and Saturday night dinner.  They brought in local food.

We visited the Chihuly Garden and Glass and also admired the Space Needle.
 Seattle’s  Space Needle has dominated the city’s skyline and fascinated visitors for well over half a century.  This was my very first visit to Seattle.
Absolutely gorgeous.

So many amazing piece to admire.

I hope you visit these tote gals to see where their travels took them, whether near or far.  Make sure to leave a comment on my blog for a chance to win this darling key tag.

  Debbie with Miss Aurora @ Mountain Breaths 

Emily with Miss Courtney ChildsThe French Hutch

 Patti with Miss Kenzie @ Pandora's Box

Jenna with Miss Coquille @The Painted Apron

Linda P with Miss Lola @ Life and Linda - You are Here!

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

Our next adventure is March 1st.

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  1. I loved Seattle, especially Chihuly Gardens - My mom worked with Dale Chihuly years ago at RISD. We have a huge piece of his work locally and I am in awe every time I see it. I love that Paul posed with your tote! And that's a cute pic of you in the elevator. Seattle is a place I would like to visit again as there is so much to do there. Have a wonderful holiday season!

  2. Linda, estás guapísima, supongo que fue una bonita celebración que os unió a toda la familia, ¡qué estupendo!, pero bueno tu marido no se queda atrás el también estaba sensacional. Un besote

  3. Showing a bride and Chihuly in one post is like WAY too much glorious beautiful for these eyes to take in! The photos are fabulous and it looks like you had a magnificent time. Well, who wouldn't? What a lovely couple and great fun!

  4. Linda, such a darling boutique hotel for your trip to Seattle. Cute pic of you in the elevator too. The wedding sounds wonderful with time for you and Paul to enjoy being with family. Jim and I went to Seattle with the Quimper Club International a few years ago. We toured Chihuly Glass and gardens. Your photographs are beautiful. Happy December Linda.......

  5. Have not been to the Northwest. Perhaps I will travel there someday. I see the beauty of the area and what a great place to relax and enjoy. I have seen some Chihuly when in the Chicago area over 10 years ago.

  6. Oh my gosh the hotel looked so amazing. Weddings are the best especially when it is small and intimate with family and friends. Lovely couple. I love those boutique hotels and my dear you looked stunning as always. Have fun as we slide on down into the holidays. xoxo Kris

  7. Looks like you had an amazing time. Love that wallpaper
    Merry Christmas

  8. What a wonderful trip, Linda! We've never been to Seattle, yet I would still love to take in its notable destinations like you & Paul have. It's so nice that you were able to make that your agenda while at the family wedding. The pictures are great. We did see the traveling Chihuly exhibit in Atlanta, but it's just not the same, I'm sure. Tell Paul he wears Miss Lola well. ;) Happy December to you!

  9. Susan @checkeredsoxDecember 01, 2022

    Looks like you made the most of your trip. Don't you just love it when the wallpaper coordinates with your tote! I have similar photos 😁

  10. You are so cute in the elevator photo. I can see why you loved the boutique hotel so much because it's definitely your style! The pics of all the Chihuly glass are amazing. There is a small collection of it at Auburn University's Jule Collins Smith Museum, and they're quite large and stunning! The bride and groom are a lovely couple, and all the photos of you, Paul, and Miss Lola are cute! I can tell y'all had fun. I hope you have a blessed Advent and Christmas season!

  11. Thank you for this great giveaway.

  12. Lovely giveaway.

  13. This is a lovely giveaway.

  14. Fun post..I always wanted to go to Seattle..One part of the country I haven't been and always wanted to visit..I would probably like to live there!! Have a good weekend..

  15. What an exciting Fall you had Linda! I’ve been to Seattle when we stopped after our Alaskan cruise. I also saw Chihuly exhibits in Vegas and at the Dallas Arboretum. I’ve won a giveaway in the past, so no need to include my name. Happy December! ❤️🎄❤️

  16. Hi, Linda,
    Love your site and all your story's and pretty thing's thank's for sharing and Happy Holiday's~~~~I also live in Ca. Alway's, Jean Van Buskirk~~~~

  17. Hi, Linda, Forgot to tell you love the tote on my list I have been a lover of MacKenzie for many year's first saw them in New York and fell in love have some of their goodie's but not the key chain, alway's fun thing's~~~~Alway's, J.V.B. Ca

  18. Linda, you and Paul are a beautiful couple. Tell Paul he looks very dapper with Miss Lola. I've been to Seattle many times, but it was all decades ago when we were working and business took us there. Chihuly's work is amazing!
    Thanks for sharing all the beautiful photos. Looks like an amazing time.
    Happy Holidays!

  19. What a wonderful trip, Linda! We've never been to Seattle, but we have a dear friend that lives in Washington state and she has invited us many times. We are hoping to get there in 2023, fingers crossed. The pictures from the family wedding are great. BTW, you look stunning in the elevator and Paul and Miss Lola look fabulous too. Merry December!

  20. What a lovely trip to Seattle, I have never been to Seattle so it was nice hearing about it. The Chihuly glass is truly amazing, I'm sure it's incredible to see in person! Paul looks so handsome in his suit, and how nice to enjoy family time at the wedding. The bed in your hotel is amazing, it must have been a luxurious place to stay! Great photos of you as always, so glad you were able to get away from your projects for a few days and relax! Happy December Linda!

  21. I love weddings..so much hope and promise:) Those gardens of glass are amazing..Fabulous artist.Unique one of a kind treasures..And cute cute pics of the two of you:)That headboard:) Wow.

  22. Linda, it looks like a nice place to visit and stay in Seattle. I'm glad that you and Paul were able to get away and go to a nice wedding and enjoy eating out and sight seeing. I hope you have a nice weekend Linda.

  23. Linda, I love staying at boutique hotels. We went to Seattle a few years ago for business and then added pleasure for a few days. I loved visiting Chihuly’s, Pike Place Market, and the Space Needle. Merry December!

  24. Haha I love, love, love Paul posing with your tote! That is the best!!! What a beautiful boutique hotel to stay in. It sounds like a lovely place. Kirk's family is still in Seattle. We need to get up there again one of these days. I have never visited the Chihuly gardens though and would love to see that. Yes, December always comes and goes too quickly. We are in full swing here and loving it. Have a glorious December.

  25. What a beautiful getaway, Linda. You and your hubby make a smashing couple. We don't often see pictures of him and he is very handsome. How nice to enjoy a small wedding. Some of the best weddings I have attended have been small intimate affairs.
    Enjoy every moment of the lead up to Christmas and am looking forward to seeing where the traveling tote goes next time! xo Diana

  26. My husband and I recently purchased a car from you and Paul. I felt like the car needed a name. I named her Lola. I never read your blog until now. I was surprised to see that your tote is also called Lola! Happy Holidays to you and Paul!

    1. How cool is that? I love the name, Lola. I was sitting in Applebees years ago, before the Traveling Tote. The restaurant waitress name was Lola. That is how ai named my tote. I hope you are happy with the Mercedes’, Lola. Happy Holidays.

  27. That looks like such a fun trip!! What a lovely hotel. Wishing the couple all the best.

  28. With such a fun and special keychain how could I ever misplace my keys again? Thanks for the give a way and thanks for sharing your Tales of the Traveling Tote in Seattle

  29. Looks like a fun getaway! I missed the Chihuly exhibit when it was in NYC. I've never been to Seattle (only the airport), and I'd love to visit.


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