If you posted for our giveaway, you may have guessed that Meg Ryan was the actress (opposite Tom Hanks) in ‘You’ve Got Mail,” my favorite romantic comedy. However, that is not Meg Ryan or Tom Hanks in the picture to the left. It’s me and Bob! He had a friend Photoshop us into the DVD cover art. He even had our friend take the movies starring canine, “Brinkley,” out of the photo and added my own labradoodle, “Stormie!” Our winner of the contest posted for a copy of And the Bride Wore White and a $10 card for Starbucks, selected by random drawing, is Jessica Baarbe.
And now you know that my 20th anniversary celebration was a three-day trip to New York City with a “You’ve Got Mail” theme. Can you think of anything more romantic?
When we arrived in New York City, I was delighted to find that rather than a pricey hotel room the size of a closet, Bob had rented a Manhattan Brownstown (for less than the price of a hotel) much like the one that Kathleen Kelly (Meg Ryan) lived in for “You’ve Got Mail.”
Then, we began walking! He took me to all the special sites from the movie. Every single one! We stopped at “Gray’s Papaya” and ate the same hot dog and drank the same Papaya Juice that Kathleen Kelly and Joe Fox (Tom Hanks) had in the movie. We shopped at Zabar’s, a grocery store with indescribably unique stuff, where Kathleen Kelly is totally embarrassed when Joe Fox has to step in to help her pay her bill. We sat on park benches that they sat on. Walked down streets where they walked and, of course, visited the Starbucks where Kathleen Kelly ordered that tall caramel macchiato. We visited the little shop that was Kathleen Kelly’s “Shop Around the Corner” bookstore. Here I am standing in front of it. Most recently, it was an antique and cheese shop. (I’m not sure I’d want to buy cheese in an antique shop!)
We ended our night at the trendy Café Lalo where Kathleen Kelly waits with a rose in her copy of “Pride and Prejudice” to meet Joe Fox for the first time.
The big finale that Bob planned for us wouldn’t come until the next day. We went back to our Brownstone exhausted, but happy to watch the copy of “You’ve Got Mail” that he had slipped into his suitcase.