Day 1 of the most incredible week! I just wish I could find the words to describe the fun and new friends and meeting with and brainstorming with the staff. Mary Kay literally treats us like royalty treating us to first class 5 star everything!!! Restaurants are reserved only for us, gratuities are paid in advance for EVERYTHING and everyone at Mary Kay is dedicated to making each Director trip a trip of a lifetime! I am humbled and grateful to our unit for allowing me to represent you! Thank you thank you!!! Fabulous entertainment at our welcome to Stockholm banquet at the Grand Hotel in the Hotel Vintertradgarden
The amazing Sean Key, VP of Sales Development and Administration
New girlfriends Eileen Huffman, Mayra Smalley and Jen Semelsberger
Brainstorming and sharing with our girlfriends at the banquet
Dinner Cruise Ship
Isn't the Grand Hotel just Grand?!
Day 2 Gill and Faith - we are just loving every minute on the bus tour
The majesty of the Stockholm Cathedral
It's just magnificent!!
Gary Jenks, Sr. VP of Sales, Sean Key and Greg Franklin, US Marketing as they are talking about Gladding's Galaxy and how magnificent we are and what a fabulous National Million $$$$ area we will be!
Changing of the guard at the Palace
Here I am with the guard!
Here we are shopping in Old Town with Ann Sherman and Connie Russo top Directors from PA
Here we are with the Baltic Sea separating us from the Grand Hotel
Day 2 dinner at the 100 yr. old Ostermalms Saluhall Food Market in the Restaurant Lisa Elmquist. Mary Kay reserved the entire restaurant for us. Here I am with Buddy Connie Russo and the gorgeous and smart smart Mistye Roche, Dir. of Sales Ed. and Leadership
Such great food and fun
Our adorable Mary Kay travel guide, Tina Olsen
Ron Trammel our VP of Special Events with Mary Kay for 42 years. He selects all of the travel destinations and checks everything out ahead of the trip. Pictured here with Gary Jinks.
Day 3 at the Ice Bar - everything is made of ice and we had to wear insulated capes and gloves so that our body heat wouldn't melt the room. Even the tables and seating, the bar and glasses are all ice! So fun and so cold!
look how cute we are with our little red noses!
one of 50 + bridges from the 14 islands to Stockholm
Day 4 The most fabulous sculptures of Carl Milles at Millesgarden Museum, his former home and studio
Isn't this sculpture heart-wrenching?
His work is known for movement
Some of the beautiful gardens
More gardens, the backdrop for the beautiful directors of Top Units
more of his talent
Here I am with Nathalie Excellent's adopted directors, Elaine Oatmeyer and Auri Hathaway both doing a million and in the company just a few short years
Here we are posing in the gardens
Aren't we just too cute?
Look how pretty!!
New friend Top Director from VA Roya Mattis
Part 2 of the tour to the Vasa Museum, one of the most remarkable museums in the world. It was built around the warship Vasa which was raised, in remarkable condition, in 1961 after it had sunk on it's maiden voyage in 1628.
look at the carvings and painting
Dinner on Day 4 at the restaurant "J" with our Diamond Sales Director, Linda Mariscal. We are going to be working closely together this year as we build to a million and have gobs of new directors!
And meet Marianna Scherrer, Dir. US Product and Promotional Planning. She and Linda are just wonderful and were picking our brains all night for our opinions!!
Look at the back of the bus........it's like a limo!
Day 5 Gala Reception and Dinner at the Stockholm City Hall. Our reception was in the famed Blue Room where the Nobel Prize banquet is held. Our elegant dinner was held in the gold room which shimmers with over 18 million pieces of gold and glass. Our dinner was recreated from the 2006 Nobel banquet. LaRonda Daigle the #1 Director in LA
The #1 Director in the Ruby division, Million $$$ E Kay, from Nigeria and has only been in Mary Kay a few years.
The Piro Area Directors on the Trip: Connie and Ray Russo, Audrey and Scott McDowell and Cindy and Tom Kriner from Dawn Dunn's Unit and Gill and me. Such amazing women!
Sean and Faith
The entertainment in the Blue Room for the reception! Classy and beautiful!
I wish you could see the magnificence of the Gold Room. It was just breathtaking and I was blessed enough to be asked to do the Invocation before dinner.
Our flaming dessert served by gentlemen in white tuxes and gloves. How spoiled are WE?
Our 2nd entertainment for the evening performing the best of Abba
Faith and Jen
New friend, classy soon to be NSD, Priscilla McPheeters
Look at this gorgeous picture Gill took of the the Gripsholm Castle in Mariefred! It literally could be a postcard!
And look at this one!
And who is that cute couple on the postcard?
Gill had to get a pic of a Swedish Pharmacy!
Connie & Faith last minute shopping on the Galleria Street in Stockholm
Our last nite, dinner at leisure with wonderful friends, Connie and Ray!
Arriving in Paris - taken from the cab
Can't believe we are here looking at the Seine
Can you believe I am really taking a pic of Notre Dame? Yikes! Pinch me!
Here I am at the foot of the Eiffel Tower!! WOW!!!
Here we are overlooking the city at lunch
Faith eating french fries in France - what a hoot!!!
Our dear friends Vivian and Dave
The entrance of the Louvre. Unbelievable place!!
We are really looking at the Mona Lisa! Breathtaking
Look at the sculptures on the Louvre
Jewels and more jewels
Take a look at that crown fit for a king!
A gate from Notre Dame
Napoleon, III apartment in the Louvre
Dinner for 100?
Napoleon, the 3rd
A pic from one of the windows in the Louvre. The architecture is amazing
Shopping in Paris
Here I am at the Arc De Triomphe and stolling down the Avenue des Champs Elysees
What an incredible vacation compliments of Mary Kay. I just can't believe how perfect the trip was!!!
Looking up into the Eiffel Tower