Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Seattle Karen's Visit

Over Thanksgiving we had a surprising visitor - Seattle Karen. She is not a fan of urban environments and I was very pleasantly surprised she would be visiting NYC. She travelled with her mom and a family friend. They did some visiting and sight seeing in Washington DC and then spent a few days in the city before heading home. Their family friend has a daughter and son-in-law who live in the city. Erin (the daughter) works at Macy's - she was our parade ticket connection.

First stop was the Rockette's Christmas Spectacular! The Rockette's put on a great Christmas show. We had seats at the front of the mezzanine - my favorite spot in the theatre. I think you have a better view of the stage being a little higher up, and when you're in the front no one tall can sit in front of you.

This photo is before the show started - look at the sides of the theatre, they were projecting images of Christmas ornaments on the walls. And the garland and wreaths were stunning.

Swarovski provided the main lobby decoration, a million dollar crystal 'Christmas Tree' chandelier. It was so sparkly. My photo doesn't do it justice at all!

The Rockette's also wore costumes covered in Swarovski crystals. They sparkled under the stage lights. They had a costume on display in the Swarovski store - it must weigh a ton. I picked up just one piece of fringe and it definitely had some weight to it.

I took Karen on a cake and cupcake tour of the city and we managed to sneak in some culture in too. Here she is at the Natural History Museum. We decided I need to work on a 'Night at the Museum' tour.

The Natural History Museum had this Christmas tree on display - it was covered in origami ornaments.

We went to the top of the GE building and had amazing views of NYC. It was such a clear day we could see to the Atlantic Ocean, Yankee Stadium, and the Statue of Liberty.

In this photo Gay, Karen, and Linda have Central Park and the Upper West Side in the background. With the wacky weather the park had lots of good fall color. (And yes, it was windy and chilly at the Top of the Rock.)

Here is the view from the other side, this time they are posing with the Empire State Building.

Of course we took some time to shop.

Karen and her mom on the fabulous Swarovski crystal couch.

And the newest Bloomie's girl - Karen! We shopped until we dropped on Friday, it was a marathon session at Bloomingdale's followed with a Macy's chaser. (And before I hear about it, only one of those Bloomie's bags was mine - the only 'medium' brown bag. I maintained total restraint throughout the day!)

We all went to visit Santa at Macy's Santaland. They put together an elaborate display - lots of things to look at while you are waiting. We were there pretty late at night so our wait was short (and virtually kid free).

In the picture from left to right:

Karen, Gay (Karen's mom), KO, Santa, Erin (foreground), Linda (Erin's mom), and Chris (Erin's husband). Michael missed out, so Santa won't know what to bring him this year.