Strolling and shopping down 5th Avenue (Pt.3)






One of the coolest things about NYC, is the availability of diverse shopping.

Contrary to the high-cost of living in this city (which it definitely is), you can also find things that are very inexpensive because of all the great bargain stores that are readily available.

Allow me to also add, that NY is a city of awesome convenience. It runs 24/7, so if you ever need something in a hurry, and at an unusual time of the day or night, you can walk out your front door and most likely get it.

That’s what I love about urban living….it’s all self-contained.

That, and the fact you can walk everywhere. And I LOVE to walk.

To be honest, I’m someone who will often shop a bargain rather than designer, because quite frankly, I can’t afford it. And even if I could, I would rather spend money on traveling.

However, I can still appreciate ogling over quality design. You haven’t lived until you’ve walked down 5th Avenue; pretending you’re Ivana Trump with an unlimited Platinum American Express Card, while licking the designer store windows with your tongue.

(just make sure you have mouthwash handy)

Armani, Coach, Tiffany, Chanel and Dior, all decorate 5th Avenue.

Here are a few designers.….





Cartier


Bvlgari





Bergdorf Goodman and Van Cleef & Arpels





Chanel and Dior





The Plaza Hotel, also along 5th Avenue. Anytime I see this view of The Plaza, I’m reminded of the final scene in the movie The Way We Were, with Streisand and Redford.




Katie: Your girl is lovely, Hubbell.”







Directly across the street from The Plaza, is F.A.O. Schwarz toy store. The front doorman was so kind to pose for me while taking his photo.





The big piano that was used in the Tom Hanks movie, BIG.








I took this one for you, Nitebyrd. The Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center. All the holiday decorations were still up in the city last week.





I took this one for you, Valerie. Cabs lining up at a traffic light. Typical in NYC.











Thank you all for sharing in this day-trip with me. Hope you enjoyed.




I heart you NY!





Wishing you an Empire weekend everyone!







X




44 comments

  1. SNAP! I heart NY as well. You made good use of the new camera. Thanks for posting the pic of the cabs at the crossing, I didn't have a suitable one for my write-up. If I'm honest I would got for designs, travelling though would be essential in order to see those GORGEOUS shops. I would be in my element browsing round them again. It's no good, I'll have to book another trip, until then I can dream, can't I? Have a great week.

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  2. new york is really the best place on earth. i too love that it's the city that never sleep. i don't travel on 5th ave. much because i can't afford it either. i know where to shop and spend less money and still look just as great. #imjustsaying.

    thanks for sharing the pics!

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  3. Ron, you took some FANTASTIC pictures!!! Thank you for the shot of the tree. Those angels must be 100 years old as they are there every year! You've given me a fabulous glimpse of my favorite city. Thanks, bro!

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  4. I used to live in downtown Toronto, where the rent is 'too damn high' and where everything else also costs 'too damn high'.
    (Now I live 50 miles west of Toronto in Hamilton)

    I have always heard how cheap NYC is for shopping - and oh the choices that one has ! Where else can you get custom stitched Jeans pants !!!
    (I saw that on Queer Eye for the straight guy)

    Shut-up !

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  5. It's interesting to see the Saudi flag flying at the Plaza Hotel.
    I am guessing because the King Abdullah was staying there at the time - (he was in the USA for surgery recently)

    And I had to find out why there was also a Canadian flag too.
    The hotel is presently owned by Fairmont Hotels and Resorts of Toronto.
    (I wasn't surprised)

    They also own a similarly majestic Fairmont Royal York Hotel in downtown Toronto
    (Yes, they fly the US flag in Toronto too ;-)

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  6. Good Morning Valerie~

    Snap! Isn't NYC the BOMB?

    You are soooo welcome, dear lady! As soon as I saw that image of the cabs lined up at the traffic light, I IMMEDIATELY thought of YOU!

    I LOVE browsing the designer stuff too! And even though I can't afford them, I can so appreciate the quality and beauty they behold!

    One of these days I have to visit Europe again (London, Paris, Italy) because I'm sure I'd see some amazing designer shops!

    If you ever come back to the U.S. for a visit, I would love to meet up with you in NYC!

    Thank you for stopping by, Valerie! Always a delight seeing you!

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    X

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  7. Good Morning V~

    "new york is really the best place on earth. i too love that it's the city that never sleeps."

    Ditto! Ditto!

    5th Avenue is one of those places that I enjoy ogling over because it's so gorgeous. But like you, I enjoy knowing where to shop and spending less money and still look just as great!

    Glad you enjoyed the photos, girl! I'm lovin' this new camera!

    Thanks for stopping by, neighbor! Have a wonderful weekend!

    X

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  8. Hey Lady Nitebyrd~

    You're so welcomed! I made sure to stop by Rockefeller Center to get a snap shot for you!

    OMG, those angels have got to be AT LEAST 100 years old, yes! It's a NY tradition!

    And you were right, the city was STILL decorated for Chistmas last week!

    Isn't your hometown the BEST? I LOOOOOOOVE it!

    ((( Nitebyrd )))

    Thanks for stopping by, Sis!

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    X

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  9. Good Morning Jaffer~

    "I used to live in downtown Toronto, where the rent is 'too damn high' and where everything else also costs 'too damn high'."

    Yes, I hear that Toronto is VERY expensive, like NY. But, I also here that it's such wonderful city. Everyone I know who has visited Canada, comes back saying that it's even better than they've heard. The people, the cleanliness; just the overall 'energy' of the place is spectacular! I don't live that far, so I really need to make a visit one of these days.

    "I have always heard how cheap NYC is for shopping - and oh the choices that one has ! Where else can you get custom stitched Jeans pants !!!
    (I saw that on Queer Eye for the straight guy)

    Shut-up !"

    Bwhahahahahahahahahahaha! Can you believe I have NEVER seen that show.

    *oh, the shame*

    Yes, NYC is awesome for shopping. Sooooooo many choices!

    Thanks for stopping by, Jaffer! Always enjoy reading your comments!

    Have a great weekend!

    X

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  10. Hey again Jaffer~

    OMG, aren't you a WEALTH of knowledge!!!!

    I didn't even notice the Saudi flag!

    "And I had to find out why there was also a Canadian flag too.
    The hotel is presently owned by Fairmont Hotels and Resorts of Toronto."

    Yes, I knew The Plaza was a part of Fairmont Hotels, but I had no idea it was Canadian affiliated!?!

    Thanks for sharing the info, Jaffer!

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  11. Hi Ronnie,
    Thanks for popping in my blog. I had to look at your's before I close the laptop.
    I am starting to jump up and down a bit as I look at your photos and esp read some things you said like :
    " I would rather spend money on traveling".
    Fist bump, partner!

    I would never mind not having Tiffany's or Dior or whatever. Just travel would be my luxury.

    I love your sunny pics and just doing window shopping is fine for me. OMG; Tom Hank's big piano in Big! LOVE it!

    Thanks forn sharing & big hugs xox

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  12. Bonjour Barbara~

    You're so welcome! I loved reading your last post and viewing your photos of Philly!

    Yup, if I had the extra moola, I would definitely spend it on traveling. Simple window shopping does it for me. I don't have to purchase, just drooling is enough - HA!

    Big is one of my favorite movies, so I had to share a photo of the BIG piano!

    Glad you enjoyed, my friend! Thank you for stopping by and sharing in my day-trip!

    Have a great weekend!

    (((( Barb ))))

    xoxoxox to you and D!

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  13. Dear Ron,

    Thank you for handing out your reassuring arm and taking me out for a tour. What a lovely moment. Sweet dream times.

    There is so much beauty to see in this world. We don't have to own it all. Just admiring is already such a treat.

    Your comments keep spurring me on... ever so sweetly!

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  14. Bonjour Susu~

    Oh, your way with words is so wonderful, my friend. Thank YOU!

    And I immediately thought of you when I saw CHANEL!!!!!

    "There is so much beauty to see in this world. We don't have to own it all. Just admiring is already such a treat."

    You said it! Just admiring the beauty is already such a treat!

    Thank you for stopping by, beautiful and sweet lady!

    You're the BOMB!

    Have wonderful weekend!

    Ciao....X

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  15. Thank you for this lovely tour...and I didn't have to spend a penny...or get my panties in a wad over someone's rudeness at my oohing and aahing over all the sceneryQ I enjoyed every bit. Excellent pics...have you ever thought of becoming a virtual tour guide?! Gald you had a wonderful time!

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  16. Hey SuziCate~

    "I didn't have to spend a penny...or get my panties in a wad over someone's rudeness at my oohing and aahing over all the scenery."

    Bwhahahahahahahaha! OMG, that was flawless!

    "have you ever thought of becoming a virtual tour guide?!"

    No, but you've given me a great idea because I do enjoy writing reviews on places and products. So, I may have to look into that, thanks!

    And thank you for stopping by during my 3 part day-trip posts!

    Have a glorious weekend, Suzi!

    X

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  17. I've never been there, or ever likely to now, but it does look like a fantastic city.

    I'll just have to be thankful for London. It too is a vibrant city.

    Your photos are lovely :)

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  18. Greetings Babs~

    Oh, and it IS a fantastic city, it is!

    I have a dear friend who lives in England (Wimbeldon), and she's always told me what a vibrant and glorious city London is, and how much I would LOVE it! She compares it very much to NYC. One of these days I will visit!

    Thank you for stopping by, dear lady! Much appreciated and enjoyed!

    Have an awesome weekend!

    X

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  19. Self-contained living sounds dreamy. I hear you can do that in prison, too. LOL

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  20. Hi Tracy~

    "Self-contained living sounds dreamy. I hear you can do that in prison, too. LOL"

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! True!

    But urban living is far from feeling imprisoned. On the contrary, it's total freedom! And that's why I love it so.

    Thanks so much for stopping by, Tracy!

    Always great to see you!

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    X

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  21. Beautiful pics. I so enjoyed that tour since I did't get to go like I wanted in December.

    Please watch whose windows you lick! And instead of bringing mouthwash maybe you should bring licker! hahahaha that would kill the germs quicker with licker (liquor)... sorry... I'm back now... I just went away for a minute. Thanks for the virtual tour.

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  22. Hiya Peg~

    "And instead of bringing mouthwash maybe you should bring licker! hahahaha that would kill the germs quicker with licker (liquor)... sorry... I'm back now... I just went away for a minute."

    Bwhahahhahahhahahahaha! HILARIOUS Peg!
    Bwhahahahahahahahahahah!

    That was brilliant!

    Glad you enjoyed the pics and tour, dear friend! I so enjoyed sharing them.

    MUCHO GRASSY for stopping by!

    Have a FAB weekend!

    X

    P.S. Hope all went well at the dentist today!

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  23. Oh wow.....I loved the angels, 100 years old or not. And look at that hotel with it's lovely front....and the doorman--ohmygosh. What awesome photos. And what a grand time of it you had--'specially the bus ride, apparently. *ahem*

    I'm a small town gal. I like the inconvenience. It means I learn to do without and make do--or ask the neighbor and borrow that cuppa sugar.... I'm guessing that's a good thing for me, given I had this thing for 'immediate gratification'. LOL I'd be in a world of hurt in the big city! ;-)

    In the meantime.....wowohwow what fantastically clean photos with great colour. Excellent choice on the camera. I can't wait to see what else you capture on it. :-)

    Have a grand weekend sir!

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  24. Howdy Mel~

    Aren't the Rockefeller angels faaaabulous? Yup, they must be 100 years old at least! They're a NYC tradition. They also have an ice skating rink below the big tree. They whole place looks like a magical Christmas wonderland!

    I can totally understand you loving a small town because a part of me also enjoys the same. I LOVE my time in the country too!

    So glad you enjoyed the photos, dear lady. I am soooooo happy with my new camera. It seems to be quite easy to work too. And like you said, I've been keeping that thing with me everywhere I go, because you never know when you'll spot something you might wanna snap a photo of! I'm so happy I finally got one - yipeeeeeeeeee!

    Thanks for stopping by, Mel! Always a delight!

    Have a grand weekend!

    X to you and the bug!

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  25. how fun, ron, thanks for taking all those lovely strolling photos for us...i felt like i was there saying, oh let's go in here and there and there and here and just a minute, let me look in here for one sec and and and... except for the money lack, well, it would be a grand time, wouldn't it? :)

    have a fun weekend, ronnie, looks like you need to rest now!
    xoox

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  26. Greetings Linda~

    " felt like i was there saying, oh let's go in here and there and there and here and just a minute, let me look in here for one sec and and and..."

    HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHA! OMG...you're so cute, dear lady! And YES...it WOULD be a grand time, for sure!

    Thanks oodles for stopping by, Linda!

    Always a joy seeing your comments!

    Wishing you a beautiful weekend!

    {{{{{ Linda }}}}}}

    xoxoxoxo

    P.S. Yes, I'm going to chill out this weekend and totally relax. Im'a pooped!

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  27. you're a really good photographer sugar
    you should post more of your own photos :)

    I love the fancy doorman and his pose
    and I love the shot of taxi gridlock
    it's hilarious how they block the intersection no matter how many laws are passed and tickets are written

    I watched a movie last night that made me think of you
    'Every Little Step'
    it's showing on the Starz cable channel
    it's all about the auditions for the revival of A Chorus Line along with some amazing scenes from the original production

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  28. Hey Lady Dianne~

    Awwww...thank you. I've always had a deep desire to learn more about photography, so perhaps getting this new camera will inspire me to learn and grow. YOU, dear lady, are an EXCELLENT photographer! An inspiration!

    The doorman was so cute, because as soon as he saw me with my camera, he POPPED into a pose!

    "and I love the shot of taxi gridlock
    it's hilarious how they block the intersection no matter how many laws are passed and tickets are written."

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Don't ya just LOVE NYC?? It defies laws! But that's why I love New Yorkers so!

    OMG...I CANNOT believe you mentioned 'Every Little Step' because I just watched that movie back in the Fall. It was faaaaaaaaabulous! In fact, I watched it twice! It was so cool to see the original cast members talk about the show and how it was created.

    Thanks so much for stopping by, dear lady!

    Hope you're having a super weekend!

    X to you and the gang!

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  29. I love walking around that part of town. When I was in school at Penn I would take the train into NY and meet my parents the first weekend in December. My father always had a conference and would fly out with my mother from CA. We'd stay at the Plaza and go shopping. It was always so nice. Thanks for sharing all those wonderful photos and helping me to remember all that.

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  30. Hey Jen~

    OMG, you've stayed at THE PLAZA HOTEL?????

    Lucky you! How wonderful!!!!

    I've been inside the lobby, but never in one of the rooms. I heard they now have apartments/condos on certain floors that you can rent/own, while on other floors they still have hotel rooms.

    Isn't this part of the city faaaaaabulous? Everytime I'm in NY, I always spot them shooting a movie in and around that area.

    Thanks for stopping by, Jen! Hope you're enjoying a wonderful weekend!

    X

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  31. I'd rather lick IvanKa Trump with my tongue. I'm just sayin'...Donald's daughter? Mrrow!

    The people who work at FAO Schwarz must be sick of everybody imitating that scene from Big. I'm sure it happens multiple times a day, every day.

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  32. Hey Mark~

    "I'd rather lick IvanKa Trump with my tongue. I'm just sayin'...Donald's daughter? Mrrow!"

    Bwhahahahahahahahaha! You GO, boy!!!! And I agree...she's GORGEOUS!

    "The people who work at FAO Schwarz must be sick of everybody imitating that scene from Big. I'm sure it happens multiple times a day, every day."

    Yup, and it does! They actually have a photographer standing there, offering to take your picture while playing chop-sticks with your feet on the keys. I didn't notice what they charged you, but I'm sure it was steep.

    Thanks for stopping by, bud! Hope you had a great weekend!

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  33. I like your photos, particularly the one inside FAO schwartz, just like that bit of blurry movement. For many many many years, one of my life ambitions has been to go to Bergdorf Goodman. Sounds just downright ridiculous, but there it is. I remember the first time I went to Neiman Marcus in downtown Dallas. And bought a pair of red shoes. That I couldn't really afford. *sigh* just felt so good. So, Ron, what did you buy? Do tell!! xoxo

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  34. Oh, 5th Avenue! Be still my heart! Your photos are FABULOUS by the way. And this reminded me of when I was a little girl. My mother used to take me shopping on 5th Avenue, and then for lunch at The Plaza. I used to wish I was Eloise!

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  35. Hey Diane~

    Oh, thank you! I'm having such a blast playing with my new camera!

    You would so enjoy walking through FAO Schwarz! It makes you feel like a kid again! They at one time closed the store for financial reasons, but then reopened it a year later. It's a landmark in NYC.

    OMG...you would DIE to walk through Bergdorf Goodman! I worked there a few times last year, when my company did a few special events in the cosmetic department downstairs. The store is exquisitely displayed. The windows are decorated so beautifully.

    Neiman Marcus is probably my favorite speciality retail store. A dear friend of mine works at the one in Orlando, Florida and LOVES it. Neimans is so CLASSY and PROFESSIONAL.

    Can you believe I didn't buy a single thing while I was in NY last week? I took some spending money with me, thinking that I would buy myself a treat, but I was so busy walking around taking photos, I forgot - HA! I may be going back at the end of January, so I may buy myself something then.

    Thanks for stopping by, dear lady!

    Hope you had a super weekend!

    X to you and Cristy!

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  36. Helloooooooo Meleah~

    "Oh, 5th Avenue! Be still my heart!"

    HAHAHAHAAHHAAHA! Yeah, I know exactly what you mean, girl! Walking down 5th Avenue is like experiencing an orgasm!

    "My mother used to take me shopping on 5th Avenue, and then for lunch at The Plaza. I used to wish I was Eloise!"

    OMG, how ADORABLE...Eloise!!!!!! And lucky you!

    Can you believe I have NEVER eating at The Plaza, or seen what one of the rooms looks like? I am dying to sneak in one day and take the elevator upstairs, and BREAK into one of the rooms - HAHAHAAHA!

    Always great seeing ya, girl! Thanks oodles for stopping by!

    Hope you had a great weekend! Can you believe the SNOW we got?

    X

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  37. OH Ron I so loved your photos of NY! I want to see it for myself some day and 'pop' into those fabulous stores. Can one just 'pop' in them? Well I will do it regardless. ;)

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  38. Good Morning Akelamalu~

    Thank you, m'dear! I'm so enjoying my new camera. And you were right....the point and shoot cameras work GREAT! And so easy to use!

    I can't wait for the day when you finally get to NYC for a visit - you're going to LOVE it, I know!

    Yes, you can just 'pop' into any of these stores whenever you like. They're freely open to browse anytime you like!

    Thanks for stopping by, m'dear! Hope you had a great time on your wine and beer jaunt. Can't wait to see and hear all about it!

    Have a wonderful day!

    X

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  39. Very nice photos! I've been to NY only once, but enjoyed it very much. So much energy!

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  40. Greetings Sandi~

    Welcome! Thank you for stopping by and sharing a comment. Nice to meet you!

    Isn't NYC WONDERFUL? And yes...soooo much energy! But, I LOVE it!

    Glad you enjoyed the photos.

    Please stop by anytime. You're always welcomed!

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  41. Your new camera worked its magic on the iconic stores and structures in lush Big Apple, Ron! They're bold and rich! Just loved how you captured the beauty of each store. Something you'd find in a travelogue for Manhattan! What I love is Manhattan's architecture which just adds to its sophistication and charm!

    As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words! And you've shared thousands of beauties!
    Thank you, Ron! Am so happy you had such a wonderful time! :))

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  42. Ron, those were great pictures. And LOL, I can't help but think of the movie "Home Alone 2" every single time I see a picture of the Plaza Hotel.

    Believe it or not, I have never been to NYC. Some day, my friend.

    Happy New Year!

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  43. Greetings Constant Complainer~

    Thank you, buddy! I just got this new camera and I'm really enjoying it. I took it to NYC to try it out first, because I ADORE that city. It literally SMILES as you take pictures of it!

    "I can't help but think of the movie "Home Alone 2" every single time I see a picture of the Plaza Hotel."

    HAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! YES! I totally forgot about that movie, you're right. GREAT film!

    Oh, if you ever get the chance to visit NYC, I just KNOW you'll love it! It's so full of creative energy. It INSPIRES!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, CC! ALWAYS nice to see you!

    And HAPPY NEW YEAR to you too!

    Cheers!

    X

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  44. Helloooooooo Petra~

    Awww....thank you SO MUCH for your kind words, dear lady! You're soooo sweet!

    I am soooooo lovin' this new camera! It's so easy to use.

    "What I love is Manhattan's architecture which just adds to its sophistication and charm!"

    You said it, Petra! Manhattan...it's the greatest city on the east coast!!!!

    Thanks oodles for stopping by! ALWAYS a delight to see your comments!

    Have a Terrific Tuesday!!

    (((( Petra ))))

    X

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