Francine In Retirement
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I WON !!!!

First of all I want to thank Lenzner Tour and Travel for providing the most amazing tour to the Opening Ceremony of the 100th Anniversary of Washington, D. C.’s Cherry Blossom Festival.  Although the cherry blossoms were 95% gone from the trees, there was so much more that this trip offered.

On the tour I was able to celebrate the giving of the cherry blossom trees to the United States from the Empire of Japan.  We visited the United Stated Botanic Garden, had premium reserved seats at the National Cherry Blossom Festival Opening Ceremony at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.  Also we were able to see the White House, Washington Monument, Martin Luther King, Jr. Statue and many more sights around Washington, D. C.  We enjoyed a guided tour of the Capitol Visitor’s Center. Visited the inside of the United Stated Capital were we had an experienced guide (who was born and raised in Pennsylvania) and learned about the United States Library of Congress.

On the final day of our tour we enjoyed a “Pink Party” with a Grand Final Cherry Blossom Cruise onboard the Odyssey III.  Each guest was invited to get their “bloom on” and wear their best dressed in pink outfit to have a chance to win a 2 Nights in New York City Package.  The trip includes 2 nights at a New York City hotel, dinner cruise for 2 passengers aboard the Bateaux cruise ship, $150 Carmine’s gift card, and 2 tickets to a Broadway show!

Someone told me there were eleven bus group totaling 650 passengers from different cities booked on the cruise.  They selected a best dressed person from each of the buses represented and narrowed the selections down to three.  From the three I was selected the winner of the First Annual Pink Gala Cherry Blossom CruiseWOO HOO!  I WON!  YEA!




That’s not all.  The wonderful people at Lenzner Tours phoned me this morning and offered me FREE TRANSPORTATION to my winning trip to New York City.  How awesome is that!  I am so grateful.  God is good.

Please visit throughout the rest of the week for more photos and slide show of this wonderful trip.  And watch for next month’s trip, when I go to see the musical, JONAH, at the Sight and Sound theater located in Lancaster, PA 

I also want to thank all my fellow bloggers for your support and well wishes.



21 Responses to “NO CHERRY BLOSSOMS BUT . . . . .”

  1. That’s such great news, Francine. Congratulations on your wonderful prize. 😉 xxx

  2. that is so wonderful.. I am very happy for you, and looking forward to more about your trip.

  3. Wow Francine! You are blessed and “highly favored!!” Congratulations, and you look really cute in your pink kimono! Sounds like you had a lot of fun. Enjoy New York! 🙂

  4. I add my congratulations to all the others and yes you look great. 🙂

  5. What a trip! What a prize! Happy day.

  6. Pretty in pink!


  7. Congratulations again; again my new found friend, have a great time in New York,looking forward to your photos.

    • Thanks Niki I am glad I met you Cathy and Lola on this trip. We had a wonderful time and I hope for the chance to see you guys on a future trip.

  8. Congratulations on your win, Francine. They couldn’t have picked a nicer person for the prize. You look beautiful in your outfit. It too, is an obvious winner. Great job! I am so happy and excited for you. I hope you have a very safe and memorable trip to New York! 🙂

  9. Well, of course you won! WIth that beautiful ensemble, how could you not? Congratulations!

  10. You totally rocked the contest, No one had a chance.
    What a great prize too. Sounds like MORE photo opportunities.
    Making life fun!! Congratulations Francine. I loved getting your text. You are going to have a blast!

  11. Congratulations Francine. Quite apt that you wore a pink kimono representing another cherry blossom nation, Japan. I love your umbrella. In fact, you are pretty in pink, and its lovely to see such a bright colour these days.
    Enjoy NY when you get there.

  12. I’m so happy you won, Francine. Congratulations!! You look lovely, too. Have a safe and blessed trip to New York. And have loads of fun. Looking forward to updates. Blessings!

  13. Congratulations Francine how wonderful I look forward to your blog post about it! You look amazing by the way 🙂

  14. Wow! How wonderful! So happy for you!

  15. Great outfit

  16. Wow, congratulations! The kimono turned out lovely!

  17. big hugs and congratulations to you francine, that is awesome!!!! you look absolutely beautiful in your kimono and parasol, they picked the right winner …have fun in New York!!!

  18. Good for you! You look lovely – have a great time! 🙂

  19. You looked so happy and beautiful! Beautiful smile!

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